Sunday's Obituary: P.J. O'Donnell – Seattle

P.J. O’Donnell Succumbs

Patrick James O’Donnell, veteran Seattle entertainer and writer died suddenly Tuesday at his home at 15904 20th Ave. S.W. He was the husband of the former Viola Bozarth, who wrote for many years under the name of Cynthia Grey for the old Seattle Star.

Mr. O’Donnell, who was 50 years old, was a native of Bayonne, N.J. He had made his home in Seattle for 33 years and was a member of the Wilkes Players and the Duffy Players.

In addition to his widow, he leaves three brothers, Cornelius J., Daniel J. and John J. O’Donnell, in California, and a sister Mrs. Ann Kavet of Portland.

Requiem mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday in St. Francis’ Church at Seahurst. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery under the directin of Joseph R. Manning and Sons.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 15 December 1949

Sunday’s Obituary – Louis Doran, Sequim and Yakima

from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Louis James Doran, 67, former Sequim and Yakima rancher, died Tuesday at Swedish Hospital in Seattle after five months’ illness.

Mr. Doran was born in Dubuque, Ia. He moved with his parents to Sequim 61 years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Doran operated a dairy ranch in the Sequim area until five years ago, when they moved to Yakima. They came to Seattle after he became ill.

Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Winona H. Doran; a foster son, Paul L. Stauffer of Alameda, Calif.; five sisters, Mrs. William Wilson of Bremerton, Mrs. Margaret Phelps of Heppner, Ore.; Mrs. Harold Sprague of Centralia, and Mrs. J.R. Denney and Miss Gene Doran of Seattle, and two brothers, Bert Doran of Port Angeles and William Doran of Sekiu.

Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Friday in the Arthur A. Wright and Son chapel, with burial in Port Angeles’ Mount Angeles Cemetery at 2 p.m.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 15 December 1949

Sunday’s Obituary: Alfred Paul Bayly, Seattle, Washington

 

Here are three obituary/newspaper item statements about the same person, from two different newspapers on the same day. Which one do you like best? They are all different to some degree.

Alfred Paul Bayly

Alfred Paul Bayly, 75, of 851 Thistle St., a retired iron molder died Wednesday.

Born in San Francisco, he had lived in Seattle 41 years. Survivors include his wife, Mary, and a brother, Frank Bayly, Bainbridge Island.

Rosary will be said at 8. p.m. Friday in the Georgetown Funeral Home, and requiem mass at 9 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Seattle, Washington, 2 March 1951, page 21, column 5.

Alfred P. Bayly

Rosary for Alfred Paul Bayly, 75 of 851 Thistle St., will be said at 8 o’clock tonight in the Georgetown Funeral Home and Requiem Mass at 9 o’clock tomorrow forenoon, in Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Burial will be in Calvary. He died Wednesday.

Mr. Bayly, born in San Francisco, had lived in Seattle 41 years. He was a retired iron molder.

Surviving are his wife, Mary, and a brother, Frank Bayly, Bainbridge Island.

Seattle Times, Seattle, Washington, 2 March 1951, page 40, column 7.

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BAYLY – Alfred P., Feb. 28, at 511 Thistle Street, age 75 years. Beloved husband of Mary L. Bayly. Brother of Frank and George Bayly. Rosary Friday (today), 8. p.m. from Chapel Georgetown Funeral Home. Requiem High Mass Saturday, 9. a.m. from Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Interment Calvary.

Seattle Times, Seattle, Washington, 2 March 1951, page 40, column 2.

The correct street address is 851 Thistle Street, although, in the 1940 U. S. Census, the family had lived at 857 Thistle Street (and was mis-enumerated as “Dayly.”

The brother, Frank, appears in all of them, but George in only one. In a fourth item, from the P-I, he also appears; but I didn’t post it because the image I have is too dark.

Tell me what you think.

NPM

 

City Directory Sunday: Seattle 1940

This is the first installment of a new series called City Directory Sunday, in which I’ll be featuring images from various city directories. I’ll start with Seattle’s 1940 R. L. Polk’s directory and a random page column. This is page 477, column 2.

Seattle city directory 1940, page 477, column 2

I do document look-ups in a number of Seattle area libraries and repositories, so can easily find family or friend entries in this city directory. Other city directories are available from states such as Alaska, Idaho, and Oregon. Contact me if you’d like a lookup. I’m also available for obituary research on Genlighten.com.

NPM

Note: Diana James’ Shared Walls

Diana James just published Shared Walls: Seattle Apartment Buildings, 1900-1939, a history of apartment dwelling in Seattle during the years listed in the title.

This is (an as yet unseen) welcome addition to the house history field as it expands on the regular house history field of research.

Two articles in the Seattle Times give you more of a preview than I can. Here they are:

A book review of Shared Walls

A “Now and Then” installment which mentions Shared Walls.

Only 2,000 copies have been printed, according to one of the pieces, and I’m sure they’ll go fast. Shared Walls is available at Amazon.com.

NPM

Articles in the new Seattle Genealogical Society Bulletin

The new issue of the Seattle Genealogical Society’s Bulletin is out. Two of articles are my contributions. The first one is a different version of one of the Typography for Genealogists (T4G) articles. The other one is a descendant genealogy of Rudolph Gessner who was born in Ohio and moved to Washington State. You can contact the society at their website for copies or find it at your local library.

See SGS Bulletin, Autumn 2011 – Winter 2012, Volume 61, Number 1, pages 13 and 20. The bulletin is a benefit of society membership and is included within the cost. Non-members are encouraged to join and/or find a copy at a major library.

It is a fun and interesting experience to write for the SGS, and I’ll be contributing more articles in the future.

Two other articles are about newspaper research, one is about philatelic (stamp collecting) research and genealogical research, and a fourth is about ancestors’ deceptions. They are all interesting!

NPM

© N. P. Maling — Sea Genes – Family History & Genealogy Research

Saturday’s TMG Users Group Meeting

Downtown Seattle, Washington and the Bainbridg...

Seattle Skyline

I went to the 11 February 2012 Seattle TMG (The Master Genealogist )Users Group Meeting. There were 16 people there, including the leader Ed Godfrey.

Two of the members gave running presentations about their RootsTech 2012 experiences, the sessions they went to, and what they learned there. It was all interesting, but the takeaway for me was that there’s not much new under the sun. I’ve been using computers since the early 1980s, so a lot of these things are like an old hat for me.

Mr. Godfrey gave a good overview of The Master Genealogist version 8.01 place tools (Master Place List, etc.). Thanks, Ed.

NPM

© 2012 N. P. Maling