Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Seavers in the News -- James W. Seaver Dies in 1967 in Grand Haven, Michigan

 Here is this week's 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 Herald-Palladium [Benton Harbor, Mich.] newspaper dated 16 October 1966, page 10:

The transcription of the article is:


"GRAND HAVEN (AP) -- Funeral services for Grand Haven industrialist James W. Seaver, 59, will be held Tuesday.  Seaver, president and founder of Seaver Industrial Finishing Co., was stricken by an apparent heart attack Saturday at his cottage near Cadillac.  His widow, Lila, and three sons, David, James and Ronald, survive."

The source citation is:

"Services TuesdayThe Herald-Palladium [Benton Harbor, Mich.] newspaper, Monday, 16 October 1967, page 10, column 2, James W. Seaver obituary; Newspapers.com   (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 22 August 2022).

This obituary identifies his age, residence, death date, spouse and children's  names, plus occupation and business association information.

James Wesley Seaver was born 19 April 1908 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the son of Alfred Edward Floyd and Gertrude Bertha (Danhof) Seaver.  He died 15 October 1967 in Grand Haven, Michigan.  He married Lila Gertrude Hieftje (1912-2002) on 20 June 1930 in Holland, Michigan.  They had three children:
*  Ronald Jay Seaver (1933-1994), married 1955 Alice Joyce Kruizenga (1934-????).
*  James Michael Seaver (1938-1988).
*  David Lee Seaver (1940-????), married Sharon Ann Jerovsek (1938-????).

I my be related to James Wesley Seaver (1908-1967).  His last known Seaver ancestor was John Seaver (1778-1841) who married Susanna Trumbull in 1802.  John Seaver is probably a descendant of Robert Seaver (1608-1683), but John's parents are not known at this time.

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 dies before reaching 60 years old.  I am glad that I can honor James Wesley 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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