Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Seavers in the News -- Herbert J. Seaver Dies in 1968 in Garden Prairie, Illinois

 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 Belvidere [Ill.] Daily Republican newspaper dated 7 March 1968, page 10:

The transcription of the article is:

"Herbert J. Seaver

"Herbert James Seaver, 45, of R.R. 1, Garden Prairie, died suddenly Wednesday at his home on the Sidney Frye farm, R.R. 1, Garden Prairie.

"Coroner Albert Wheeler was called and conducted an inquiry.  Death was attributed to a heart attack.

"Mr. Seaver had been e3mployed on the farm about five years.

"He was born in Milwaukee, Wis. on Dec. 28, 1922, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur H. Seaver.

"He married Violet Mildred Ruhff in Sharon on April 18, 1948.

"Survivors include the wife, a daughter, Linda and two sons, Arthur and Herbert, at home; his father and mother, who live in Delavan; and two brothers, Robert H. and Myron P., both of Delavan.

"Funeral rites will be conducted by Dr. Luther C. Mueller at 2 p.m. Friday in Schutt.  McFarlin and Saunders Funeral Home, Harvard.  Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Sharon.

"Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p.m. tonight."

The source citation is:

"Herbert J. Seaver,Belvidere [Ill.] Daily Republican, Thursday, 7 March 1968, page 10, column 6, Herbert James Seaver obituary; Newspapers.com   (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 3 October 2022).

This obituary identifies his name, age, residence, implied death date and place, parents names, spouse's names, children's names, an occupation, some work history, a cause of death, but no church or organization information.

Herbert James Seaver (1922-1968) was born 28 December 1922 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Arthur H. and Rose Catherine (Bieber) Seaver.  He died 6 March 1968 in Garden Prairie, Illinois.  He married Violet Mildred Ruhff (1922-1987) on 18 April 1948 in Sharon, Wisconsin.  They had three children.

*  Linda Lu Seaver (1958-2012).
*  Arthur William Seaver (1951-1973).
*  Herbert Seaver (1954-????).

I am not related to Herbert James Seaver (1922-1968).  His paternal great-grandfather was Knute Sjursen Varme Seaver who was born in 1826 in Ytre Kvarme, Voss, Norway.
There are over 10,000 Seaver "stories" in my family tree - and this was one of them.   Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and sometimes an obituary is sparse but fairly complete.  I am glad that I can honor Herbert James 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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