The theme this week is “naughty,” and while I may have some ancestors who would have ended up on the Naughty list, I’ve instead selected my great-grandmother, who was pestered by some naughty children(?).
Olive Mae (Magee) Seyler was born in Dillon, Montana in 1913 to Patrick and Olive (Smith) Magee.1 She grew up in Madison County and married Edwin Seyler at the age of 21. Together, they had three daughters. By 1952, the family was living in Butte, MT where Edwin worked as a miner.2
In 1961, the troubles with the naughty vandals began.
In March, Mae told police an aerial was broken off her car, which was parked outside her house. 3
In May, she reported that vandals let the air out of all eight tires of their two cars.4
Finally, in Dec of 1962, Mae told police that someone had burned the clothes she had hanging on her three clothes lines in her yard.5 (admittedly, this makes me giggle)
I don’t find any more entries after that, and I don’t know who the vandals were, or if they were even the same vandals. I wonder why they pestered poor Mae. Was she an easy target for some reason? Her children were grown and at least two of them were out of the house. One daughter still resided at home, working as an aide at the hospital. Could it have been her friends?
- Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services; Helena, Montana; Montana, Birth Records, 1871-1919; Box Number: 45. (online database, Ancestry com ). ↩
- Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA. ↩
- The Montana Standard, Butte, MT. 20 Mar 1961, page 5. Newspapers.com, accessed 28 Jan, 2018. ↩
- The Montana Standard, Butte, MT. 1 May 1961 , page 3. Newspapers.com, accessed 28 Jan, 2018. ↩
- The Montana Standard, Butte, MT. 16 Dec 1962, page 30. Newspapers.com, accessed 28 Jan 2018. ↩