The Resource George F. Sever papers

George F. Sever papers

Label
George F. Sever papers, 1921-1946
Title
George F. Sever papers
Inclusive dates
1921-1946
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • The George F. Sever (GFS) papers document the involvement of a retired engineer in Kingston town governance and local community organizations. The Town Records series contains records that relate to GFS's work on the Board of Selectmen and on the Board of Public Welfare. Two folders originate from his service on the Board of Public Welfare. Financial records and playground expenses from the financial responsibilities of the Board of Selectmen. The largest proportion of the series relates to GFS's work on Kingston boundary lines and street lighting
  • (cont.) The Local History series is derived from GFS's involvement and membership in the First Parish Congregational Church and the Jones River Village Club. His chief research interest in local history, and the largest proportion of the series, is related to gravestone documentation in Kingston although gravestones in Plymouth County are documented and illustrated in a postcard album. The series includes photographs of Kingston gravestones, notes from a lecture on tombstones and notes related to Revolutionary and Civil War gravestone sites in Kingston. This research was used to order commemorative plaques for soldier's gravesites in Kingston
Biographical or historical data
  • Major George Francis Sever was born in Cambridge on July 30, 1866, son of Charles Sever of Plymouth and Mary C. Webber of Watertown. He died on December 16, 1954.
  • (cont.) According to an obituary notice that appeared in the December 23, 1954 issue of the Old Colony Memorial, "He was educated in private schools, was graduated from Cambridge High school and entered Massachusetts Institute of Technology with the class of 1887, majoring in electrical engineering. Upon graduation he accepted a position with the Thomas Houston Electric Company in Lynn, later becoming assistant superintendent of the Germania Electric company in Marlboro. In 1893 he was appointed instructor in electrical engineering at Columbia University, becoming dean of the Faculty of Applied Science in 1905.
  • (cont.) Major Sever enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1898 and was assigned to the Coast Signal service where he established the Montauk Point Coast Signal station and remained in charge of the Point during the Spanish-American war. In 1902, he was appointed consulting electrical engineer of the water, gas and electricity of the city of New York. On Feb. 13, 1919 he was commissioned major in the engineer reserve corps, in the office of the chief of engineers and was assigned to active duty in the power section of the war industries in Washington, D.C.
  • (cont.) "Upon retiring he came to Kingston to make his home in the old Sever homestead on Linden Street. For several years he served on the Kingston board of selectmen, board of public welfare and board of health. He was a past president of the Jones River Village Club and a member of the First Parish Church."
Cataloging source
OCD
Label
George F. Sever papers
Instantiates
Note
  • Photographs received with this collection are cataloged in the Local History Image Collection, but physically housed within this collection
  • In Local History Collection at Kingston Public Library, Kingston, Mass
Control code
ocm70853913
Cumulative index finding aids
Unpublished finding aid available in library.
Extent
4 boxes (20 linear inches)
Governing access note
Access unrestricted
Organization method
Two series: I.Town Records and II. Local History
Reproduction note
Kingston Public Library does not hold the copyright to this material.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o70853913
  • (Sirsi) o70853913
Label
George F. Sever papers
Note
  • Photographs received with this collection are cataloged in the Local History Image Collection, but physically housed within this collection
  • In Local History Collection at Kingston Public Library, Kingston, Mass
Control code
ocm70853913
Cumulative index finding aids
Unpublished finding aid available in library.
Extent
4 boxes (20 linear inches)
Governing access note
Access unrestricted
Organization method
Two series: I.Town Records and II. Local History
Reproduction note
Kingston Public Library does not hold the copyright to this material.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o70853913
  • (Sirsi) o70853913

Library Locations

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