Thomas D.M. Slaven, educator and newspaperman, died yesterday afternoon at Sisters' hospital in Sacramento, following an acute heart attack. Slaven was identified with early California educational and newspaper history.
Slaven was a frequent visitor to this city, where he was well known. He visited here when publicity man for the Northern California Milk Producers Association. Agriculture was beginning to displace mining in interest in California when Slaven came to this state with his parents from Buffalo. N.Y., his native city. The Slavens first broke ground on the ranch still farm ed in San Benito county by members of the family in 1879.
A mining city still imbued with the color of the days of '49 attracted young Tom Slaven, and in 1888 he began teaching school and operating a general merchandise store in Cherokee, Butte county. A little later he married Kate O'toole, member of one of the leading pioneer families.
Before the century closed Slaven was principal of the high school and editor of the Hollister Bee. He returned to northern California as editor of the Oroville Mercury and in 1910, he cam to Sacramento to take charge of the newly organized Northern California department of the Sacramento Union. He remained with the Union until late in 1921, when he began the publicity work and took over the management of "The Pulse", Rotary club organ, which until his death.
Slaven is survived by his wife, Kate O'Toole Slaven, two children, Kathleen Slaven, teacher in the Sacramento schools, and Thomas W. Slaven, San Francisco attorney, and four brothers and sisters, E.J. Slaven of Mare Island, James Slaven of Tres Pinos, Eliza Slaven of Hollister, and Mrs. Emerson Chamberlain of Summit, New Jersey. Slaven's first grandchild was born last Saturday and he was busy just before his death making preparations for an observance of the event.
Funeral arrangements are being made by W. F. Gormley.
Woodland (California) Daily Democrat August 17, 1926.
SACRAMENTO, August 17.—Funeral services are being arranged here today for Thomas D. M. Slaven, pioneer California editor and educator, who died at a local hospital here yesterday following an acute heart attack. He was 66 years old.
Slaven, former educator and editor of Holllster and Orovllle, resided In California since 1879 and came to Sacramento in 1910 in an editorial capacity for a local newspaper.
He is survived by his widow, two children, Thomas Slaven, San Francisco attorney, Kathleen Slaven, local teacher; a brother E. J. Slaven, Mare Island, and three other brothers and a sister.
Oakland (California) Tribune, August 17, 1926.