Patrolman Clayton J. SEAWELL, a member of the East Side station detail,
was fatally injured on May 4, 1929, when he collided with an automobile
at Fifth Street and Seventh Avenue NE.
SEAWELL was on his way to the station after completing his day’s work,
when he crashed into the rear of the car. He was thrown headfirst into
the pavement, fracturing his skull.
Rushing to General
Hospital with the injured policeman, a police call car was struck by
another machine at University and East Hennepin Avenues. The cars were
only slightly damaged. Patrolman SEAWELL died a few minutes after
reaching the hospital.
SEAWELL, 31 years of age, was a
veteran of the World War and had been a member of the police department
for over 5 years. He was buried at St. Anthony Cemetery on May 8, 1929.
Patrolman SEAWELL lived at 640 Johnson Street NE with
his wife and five small children. One son, Thomas Seawell, who was 3
years old at the time of his father’s death, went on to join the
Minneapolis Police Department himself on January 17, 1955. He retired
after 28 years of service on June 3, 1983.