Deputy Marshal Howard “Bud” Seaman| North College Hill

Age: 22
Served: < 1 year


Bud was born June 6, 1901 in Cincinnati to George (of Ontario, Canada) and Henrietta (Grosheim) Seaman. He was 13 years old and the oldest son of five children when, in 1914, his father died. He found employment at the John Shillito Company. By 1918 as a 16-year-old, he was driving a truck and his mother remarried. During 1922 he was still listed as a chauffeur, but also a salesman for the Cincinnati Parfay Company at 552 W. McMicken.

Sometime after June 1922, he was appointed Deputy Marshal in the Village of North College Hill. It is likely, based on strategies employed by villages in this era, he was hired to work at night, opposite the Marshal, and possibly as a speed enforcement officer. By day, he was still driving a truck.

On June 12, 1923, while riding a motorcycle with a side car, Deputy Marshal Seaman, was struck by an automobile bearing Ohio license #349186 on the Dayton Pike about two miles above Sharonville, Ohio. He was rushed by private conveyance to the General Hospital in Cincinnati at 1:24 a.m.

The law enforcement activity he was performing is currently lost to history or may never have been known. It is most likely that Deputy Marshal Seaman was chasing a violator – possibly one associated with bootlegging.

Deputy Marshal Seaman died in General Hospital, from a fractured skull, five days later at 10 p.m. on June 17, 1923.

He was survived by his mother, Henrietta; stepfather, John Deschene; siblings, Alberta (24), Marguerite Seaman (19), Evelyn Seaman (16), and Willis Seaman (14); and stepbrother, Leland Deschene (9). He was buried in Evergreen Cemetery on June 20, 1923. Henrietta Seaman Deschene was buried with him in 1943.

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This narrative was revised September 20, 2014 by Cincinnati Police Lieutenant Stephen R. Kramer (Retired), Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society President. All rights are reserved to him and the Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society.