Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Seavers in the News -- Violetta Seaver (1891-1969) Dies in Yreka, California

 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 Redding [Calif.] Record-Searchlight newspaper dated 1 October 1969, page 19:

The transcription of the article is:

"Violetta Seaver

"  YREKA -- Mrs. Violetta Thomsen Seaver, 78, Etna, died Tuesday in Siskiyou General Hospital following a long illness.

"She was born Feb. 9, 1891, in Alpine, Ariz., and was reared in Arizona and New Mexico.  She was married to William H. Seaver on March 5, 1909, in Douglas, Ariz., and the couple became pioneer homesteaders in Sulphur Springs Valley, Ariz.

She leaves her husband, of Etna; two daughters, Mrs. Minna Wells of Tempe, Ariz., and Mrs. Violet Mills of Meford, Ore.; two sons, Charles and Vernon Seaver of Etna; five sisters and two brothers oin Arizona, 16 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

"A funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday in the Church of Jesus Christ of Father-day saints in Etna.  Burial will be in Etna Cemetary.  Girdner Funeral Chapel of Yreka has charge of arrangements."

The source citation is:

"Violetta Seaver,Redding [Calif.] Record Searchlight newspaper, Wednesday, 1 October 1969, page 19, column 4, Violetta Seaver obituary; Newspapers.com   (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 19 December 2022).

This obituary identifies her maiden and married name, day of death, her birthday and place, her husband's name, their marriage date and place, and her children's names.  There is no occupation, interests or associations. 

Violetta Thomsen (1891-1969) was born 9 February 1891 in Alpine, Arizona, the daughter of James Adolph and Sarah Etta (Mortensen) Thomsen.  She died 30 September 1969 in Yreka, California.  She married William Henry Seaver (1883-1977) on 15 March 1909 in Douglas, Arizona.  They had five children:

*  Minna "Minnie" Seaver (1911-2005), married 1936 Warren W. Wells (1913-1994).
*  Melvin Henry Seaver (1917-1954), married 1943 Thelma Sherman (1923-1954).
*  Charles William Seaver (1919-2008), married 1936 Ora Jean (1921-2003).
*  Violet May Seaver (1925-2008), married 1942 Jack Pearce Mills (1922-2017).
*  James Vernon Seaver (1934-2015), married 1951 Betty Loyce Burton (1935-????). 

I am not related to this Seaver family.  William Henry Seaver is descended from Henry and Elizabeth (--?--) Seaver of Virginia.

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 great obituary with lots of dates and names.  I am glad that I can honor Violetta(Thomsen) 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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