139. Earl William
born on 16 Sep 1897 in Freeport, Stephenson co., Illinois, the fifth and last
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
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.
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:
(photo courtesy of Mike Seeman)