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.

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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.

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