Thursday, April 29, 2021

Seavers in the News -- Vernon C. Seaver Dies in Florida in 1951

 It's time for another edition of "Seavers in the News" - a weekly feature from the historical newspapers about persons with the surname Seaver that are interesting, useful, mysterious, fun, macabre, or add information to my family tree database.

This week's entry is from The Miami [Fla.] Herald newspaper dated 5 January 1951:

The transcription of the article is:

"Vernon C. Seaver

"Services for Vernon C. Seaver, 87, retired theater owner, who died Wednesday, will be held Saturday at Van Orsdel Funeral home.  He lived at 655 NW 55th ter. and came here from Chicago in 1921.

"One-time owner of the Great Northern Hippodrome in Chicago and a chain of movie houses in the Midwest, he was one of the founders of Mi ami Shores.

"Survivors include his wife, Ethel; a daughter, Mrs. Andrew Talbot, Cedar Rapids, Ia.; two sons, Jack, of Jenkintown, Pa., and Vernon, Jr., of Chicago.

"Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery."

The source citation is:

"Vernon C. Seaver,The Miami [Fla.] Herald newspaper, obituary, Friday, 5 January 1951, page 2, column 1, Vernon C. Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 29 April 2021).

This obituary provides a name, an age, a death date and place, the names of his wife and living children, plus a limited description of his work history.

Vernon Charles Seaver was born 25 July 1863 in Holly, Michigan, the son of Hiram J. and Ruth (Packer) Seaver.  He died 3 January 1951 in Miami, Florida.  He married (1) Effie Clara McKee (1868-1954) on 29 July 1884 in Ottumwa, Iowa, and they had two children:

*  Dot Blanche Seaver (1887-1975), married 1907 Andrew Herbert Talbot (1882-1963).
*  Jack Vernon Seaver (1890-1966), married (1) 1912 Winifred Jones (1887-1949); (2) 1951 Barbara Sondor (1921-2005).

Vernon C. Seaver married (2) Mabel "May" Boyer (1871-????) in about 1899 in Chicago, Illinois, and they had one child:

*  Vernon Charles Seaver (1901-1978).

Vernon C. Seaver married (3) Ethel Burley (1885-1960) on 13 July 1920 in Lake County, Indiana, and they had no children.

I am a 4th cousin four times removed to Vernon Charles Seaver, with the common Seaver ancestor being Joseph Seaver (1672-1754), who settled in Sudbury, Massachusetts.

There are over 10,000 Seaver "stories" in my family tree - and this was one of them.   Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and sometimes a person has a long life and an interesting life history. I am glad that I can honor Vernon Charles Seaver today.  

You never know when a descendant or relative will find this blog post and learn something about their ancestors or relatives, or will provide more information about them to me.


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