In memoriam: Curtis Ross & Donna Rose Thayer
Above: Former TFA members Curtis Ross Thayer and spouse Donna Rose (Hanneman) Thayer and below, Curt, Donna & Richard James Thayer at the 2006 Thayer Family Reunion in Salt Lake City, Utah. Donna passed away 7 September 2008 and Richard 22 March 2009. Sadly, TFA just learned that Curt had also passed away 15 September 2018. Their obituaries are in the "Area Deaths" section of this website. Curt was a long time member of TFA and served as Vice President, President & Treasurer among other positions on the Board. He and Donna hosted the 2003 Annual Business Meeting and Family Reunion of the Thayer Families Association in Frankenmuth, Michigan. They got us out of the habit of thinking all TFA meetings had to be in Braintree and we had 122 attendees! Both are deeply missed and our thoughts & prayers are with the family members in their sorrow. R.I.P.
TFA at the Minnesota Historical Society
Standing L-R: Dave & Martha Evans, Mary Basinger, Melissa Kirk, Michelle & James L. Thayer, James G. Thayer, Hudson & Nicholas Bovee, Jeffrey Thayer, Rick Thayer, Patricia & Don Muno, Elaine Cook, Donna Jean Wykoff, Bob Thayer. Kneeling L-R: Brennan Cooney, Tammy Thayer, Nancy L. Thayer
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The Speedwell (Left) was a 60-ton pinnace that, along with Mayflower, transported the Pilgrims and was the smaller of the two ships. Later, it carried Thomas Thayer’s goods from England to Boston in 1637. Thomas THAYER, son of Richard THAYER, was christened 16 August 1596 at Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England and died 2 June 1665 in Braintree, Massachusetts.
The C.A. Thayer (Above Right) was built by Danish-born Hans Ditlev Bendixsen in his shipyard, located across the narrows of Humboldt Bay from the city of Eureka in Northern California. Bendixsen also built the Wawona (1897) which was dismantled in 2009. The C.A. Thayer was named for Clarence A. Thayer, a partner in the San Francisco-based E.K. Wood Lumber Company.
Click this link to view Harold Huycke’s 1957 motion picture film of C.A. Thayer in 6 parts. There’s over 3 hours of video! Description: Harold Huycke motion picture film of C.A. Thayer (built 1895; schooner, 3m) restoration. Reel 1: Hood Canal to Maritime Shipyard, Tugboat Titan and schooner C.A. Thayer. Reel 2: New stern, stepping masts, painting ship’s name, and Maritime Shipyard to Winslow. Reel 3: Winslow rigging to sea, sternwork, sailing return voyage to San Francisco. Reel 4: Deckhands at work and on rigging, sailing, lowering sails, arriving in San Francisco. Reel 5: Arrival in San Francisco assisted by tugboat “W 150”, visitors aboard and Harold Huycke. Reel 6: Drawbridge, Maritime Shipyard, deckhands at work
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Ernest Lawrence Thayer
Click above to hear DeWolf Hopper narrate "Casey At The Bat" written by cousin Ernest Lawrence Thayer. (August 14, 1863 - August 21, 1940) He actually wrote three versions: the first printing, a self-corrupted version, and the revised version.
When William De Wolf Hopper performed the poem at Wallack's Theatre, on Broadway and 30th Street in New York City, players from the New York Giants and Chicago White Stockings were guests in the auditorium.
The Speedwell was a 60-ton pinnace that, along with the Mayflower, transported the Pilgrims and was the smaller of the two ships. It carried Thomas Thayer’s goods from England to Boston in 1637. Thomas THAYER, son of Richard THAYER, was christened 16 August 1596 at Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England and died 2 June 1665 in Braintree, Massachusetts.
John (Jack) Borland Thayer
Mr John Borland ("Jack") Thayer Jr., 17, was born 24 December 1894, the son of Marian and John Borland Thayer. They lived in Haverford, PA. The family boarded the Titanic as first class passengers & Jack occupied cabin C-70.