Hey John - this may help.
I am a descendent of George Wilbur Sawler and Roseanna (Risser) Sawler of Gloucester, MA, originally from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.
George Wilbur Sawler worked as a "cooper", active in the trade of making wooden tubs and barrels. Whether George Wilbur was a fisherman is not known. In the early 1900's, he took a position with the Gloucester water department, and provided for his family on a modest salary of just $15 per week.
Rose was a homemaker and a good mother. Everyone who knew her always held her in the highest regard. As an active member of the Gloucester community, she contributed extensive time and energy to raising money for the development and construction of the city's Addison Gilbert Hospital located north of the city on Washington Street. There is a plaque there engraved in her memory to recognize for her substantial fund raising achievements and personal dedication to others.
George and Rose had three sons—Aubrey, Cecil and William Dewey, my grandfather.
Aubrey Sawler saw active military duty in World War I as an Army soldier. While serving in the European campaign, he suffered a severe battle-field injury and exposure to mustard gas. Aubrey returned to Gloucester with a metal plate in his head, and spent his remaining years in a relatively quiet and non-productive existence.
Cecil Sawler, the second brother played the double bass violin and he became a musician for the Boston Symphony. He married Vera and fathered two sons, Dick and Stanley. Dick married Marion and fathered seven children. In 1976, their house caught on fire and Dick and Marion were tragically burned to death. Stanley was married to Caroline and they had five children. In the 1940's, Stanley was the business manager for Vaughn Monroe, a big band leader of the era.
William Dewey worked for the Frank E. Davis Fish Company and opened their Chicago office. He married Helen Burkhardt and they had three daughters, all born in Oak Park, IL.
I’m happy to share what other details I have about Sawler family history. To supplement my family research, learning more about your findings will be most welcomed.
Please contact me.
Cell (425) 351-1011
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