Genealogists seek owners of vintage box
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Area genealogists are looking for family members of a local woman whose box of vintage items was recently found in a Van Buren home.
A box of items belonging to Betty Rea White, entitled the “White-Savery box” by Jannette Perryman, president of the Crawford County Friends of Genealogy, was found during a clean out of a house in Van Buren.
“This box is just full and if we could get someone from the family, they would love to have it,” Perryman said.
White eventually married Dr. Harry W. Savery of Van Buren, said Perryman, who eventually took ownership of the box after it passed through several hands.
Perryman and the other society members are looking for any descendants of the White or Savery family that may be interested in taking the items.
Included in the collection are baby shoes, a scrapbook, sympathy cards, a funeral book from Ocker Funeral Home, newspaper clippings and a large number of photographs from around the country.
“She must have traveled a lot,” Perryman said.
White, who was Savery’s nurse for a number of years, married him after his first wife died, according to historical information provided by Perryman from the newspaper clippings and funeral book found with the items.
Savery, who graduated from the University of Tennessee Medical School in 1921, practiced medicine in Crawford County for about 50 years, according to a history of Crawford County compiled by Eula Hopkins and Wanda Gray.
Savery was a member of a number of county clubs and organizations, and was elected as the first chief-of-staff of the Crawford Memorial Hospital in Crawford County, according to the county history. Savery died in 1974.
White was the daughter of Lora Pearl Robertson and J.M. White, and had two sisters: Everette, who married Perry T. Shaver of Edinburg, Texas, and Wilma, who married Harold Claypool of Siloam Springs.
For more information or to take possession of the box of items, contact Perryman at (479) 474-0664.