Sixth Generation

139. Earl William SEEMAN was born on 16 Sep 1897 in Freeport, Stephenson co., Illinois, the fifth and last child of Henry Jesse and Eva (ADAMS) SEEMAN.  Between 1899 and 1904, he lived with his family in St. Louis, Missouri; Dubuque, Iowa; and Dell Rapids, South Dakota.  In 1904, the family moved to Rockham, Faulk co., South Dakota where his father, Dr. Henry Seeman, established a medical practice.  Earl spent the rest of his life in the Rockham area.


In 1917, he was an "Expressman" with the Iowa National Guard.  He enlisted on 19 Dec, 1917 at the age of 20.  He was described as being 5' 6" tall, brown hair and blue eyes, with a fair complexion.  He was honorably discharged from service in Iowa on 5 Mar 1920 at the age of 22.  Along with his brother Lloyd Seeman, and step-brothers Milford and Newell Kennedy, he was a charter member of the John J. Tomson American Legion Post No. 57.


Earl married Mary Rose JOYCE on 22 Nov 1920 at St. Bernard's Church in Redfield, Spink co., South Dakota.  Mary was the daughter of Patrick James JOYCE and Frances A. STEMPER, and was born on 1 Dec 1897 in Northern Hand co., Near Rockham, South Dakota.  Earl worked as a farmer.


Earl was stricken with colon cancer in late 1926 or early 1927.  His wife, Mary, told of how local doctors told him to go the Mayo Clinic in Rochester to see what new treatments might help him.  However, they were unable to help him; the couple was out of money, and had no way to get home, and had to stow away on the train back to South Dakota. Earl died on 23 Jul 1927, at the home of his wife's parents.  He was buried with his family in Rockham Grace cemetery, Rockham, South Dakota.


Mary later married James YOST on 7 Oct 1931 in Redfield, South Dakota.  They had four children: Joyce, James, Jerome and Kathleen.  He died on 19 Jun 1939.  Mary spent the remainder of her life in Miller, Hand co., South Dakota, where she died on 1 Aug 1992.  She was buried at St. Ann's Cemetery, Miller, Hand co., South Dakota.


Earl William SEEMAN and Mary Rose JOYCE had the following children:


Earl William Seeman

(photo courtesy of Mike Seeman)




Milford James SEEMAN



Robert Earl SEEMAN



John Henry "Jack" SEEMAN