Friday, March 25, 2016 Harold A. Sivesind (1905-1985)

Harold A. Sivesind was born on 21 February 1905 in Seattle, Washington, to Henry A. Sivesind and Julia Appelton. Harold's paternal grandfather, Hans H. Sivesind, had emigrated from Norway and his mother from Sweden. Harold's mother was a widow when she married Henry and was about decade older than his father, who worked as a plumber when the 1910 census was enumerated. Harold's mother died in 1911 when he was six years old. His father married Bertha C. (Johnson) Muggy the next year.

By 1920, Harold was 15 years old and lived with his father and step-mother. He worked as a stenographer at a wholesale jewelry establishment. In 1926 he worked as a driver.

Harold married Vanetta Katherine Irwin, daugher of William Henry Irwin and Carrie Vallelta about 1926 or 1927. She had been born in Los Angeles County, California, and when the 1930 census was enumerated Harold and Vanetta lived in Pasadena, California, and had two children:
  1. Donald Ray Sivesind born 28 March 1928 in Pasadena, California and died on 4 April 2002
  2. Patricia Ann Sivesind born 18 March 1930 in Los Angeles County, California
Vanetta married Edward William Verdieck in 1937 so I assume she and Harold had divorced by that time.

When the 1940 census was taken Harold had returned to his home town and worked as carpenter. He owned his home at 8301 31st Avenue SW, which was valued at $2,400. He indicated he was a widower and had lived in Seattle since at least 1935.

Kodiak, Alaska, circa 1970; photograph courtesy of the Anchorage Museum of
History and Art, Wien Collection, Frank Whaley, Photographer

He moved to Kodiak, Alaska, by 1953 and likely met Margaret (Caswell) McLaughlin there. They were married on 26 October 1953 in Seattle. By 1979 Harold and Margaret lived in Port Richey, Florida. Harold died on 12 November 1985 in Pasco County, Florida.

'Kodiak, Alaska, circa 1970,' Anchorage Museum of History and Art
1910 US Federal Census, Census Place: Seattle Ward 3, King, Washington; Roll: T624_1659; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 0154; FHL microfilm: 1375672
1920 US Federal Census, Census Place: Seattle, King, Washington; Roll: T265_1926; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 100; Image: 258
1930 US Federal Census, Census Place: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California; Roll: 151; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 0516; Image 1078.0; FHL microfilm: 2339886
1940 US Federal Census, Census Place: Seattle, King, Washington; Roll: T627_4374; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 40-2
US, City Directories, 1822-1995, 1924 Seattle, WA (Sivesind, Harold A)
US, City Directories, 1822-1995, 1926 Seattle, WA (Sivesind, Harold)
US, City Directories, 1822-1995, 1928 Pasadena, CA (Harold and Vanetta Sivesind)
US, City Directories, 1822-1995, 1935 Seattle, WA (Sivesind, Harold)
US, Florida Death Index, 1877-1998, 1985 Sivesind, Harold A
US, Public Records Index, Volume 1, 1979 Port Richey, FL (Sivesind, Harold A)
US, Public Records Index, Volume 2, 1950-1993 Sivesind, Harold A (Port Richey, FL)
US, Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014, Number: 535-14-0345; Issue State: Washington; Issue Date: Before 1951
US, Washington Births, 1883-1935, 1905 Sivesind
US, Washington Marriage Records, 1865-2004, 1953 Sivesind, Harold A - McLaughlin, Margaret

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