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Kotovsky, Arabel
MAIDEN NAME: Seely AKA 1:  AKA 2:  AKA 3: 
BORN: 3 Feb 1879 DIED: 19 Dec 1977 BURIED:  ~ Womer Cemetery
BIRTH PLACE:  Clackamas Co, Oregon
DEATH PLACE: Independence, Polk Co, Oregon

1880 OR CENSUS – Clarabell Seely (1y, b Oregon) enumerated with parents Joseph (30y, b Illinois, occupation farmer) and Mary (23y, b North Carolina) and 3 brothers, Fredrick (6y, b Oregon), Mary (5y, b Oregon) asnd Arthur (3y, b Oregon)

1900 OR CENSUS – Arabella Seely (b Feb 1879, Oregon) enumerated with parents Joseph B. (b Aug 1849, Illinois, married 27y, occupation farmer) and Mary J. (b Feb 1857, Oregon, mother of 12 children, 11 living at tiem of census) and 10 siblings, all born in Oregon, Fred (b Apr 1874), Mark (b Oct 1875), Arthur (b July 1878), Alpha (b Jan 1881), Logan (b Apr 1884), Pearl (b Sept 1886), Edward (b Aug 1889), Roma (b Oct 1891), Herschel (b Feb 1895) and Ruby (b July 1897)

1st MARRIAGE – to Louis Bahler

1910 OR CENSUS – Arabel Bahler (31y, b Oregon, married 9y, mother of 2 children) enumerated with husband Louis (40y, b Ohio, occupation farmer) and 2 children, Adrian (54y, b Oregon) and Dale (6m, b Oregon)

1920 OR CENSUS – A. Bahler (40y, b Oregon) enumerated with husband Louis (50y, b Ohio, occupation farmer) and 2 sons, Adrian (15y, b Oregon) and Dale (10y, b Oregon)

2nd MARRIAGE – Jesse Kotovsky (45y, of Salem, single, born Poland, son of Frank & Katherine Kotovsky) and Arabel Bahler (45y, of Salem, divorced, born Oregon, dau of Ben Seely & Mary Smith) md 12 Nov 1926, Vancouver, Clark co, Washington

1930 OR CENSUS – Arabel Kotovsky (51y, b Oregon, first married at age 21y) enumerated with husband Jesse (49y, b Poland, immigrated 1890, naturalized, first married at age 46y, occupation laborer in saw mill)

2nd DIVORCE – Jesse & Arabel Kotovsky divorced 1936, Dade Co, Florida

NOTE – Jesse Kotovsky died 2 June 1949 in San Diego co, California [California death index]


OSBH DC (1977 Polk co) #77-20265


Arabel Bahler Kotovsky, 98, former resident of 109 LaCreole Drive, Dallas, died December 19 in an Independence nursing home. She was born on February 5, 1879 the daughter of Bem and Mary Seely while traveling on the Oregon Trail in the Oregon Territory. She married Louis Bahler in the year 1900 at Sherwood. She lived in Estacada for several years, moving to Dallas in 1966 and to Independence in 1970. Surviving relatives are one son, Dale Bahler of Monmouth; five grandchildren, Forrest Bahler of Dallas, Sharon Klamath of Portland, Raymond Bahler of Corvallis, Allan Bahler of Salem and Betty Bahler of California; 13 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 2 pm Wednesday, December 21 in the Bollman Funeral Home with burial in Womer Cemetery, Pedee.

Itemizer Observer, Wednesday, December 21, 1977, II:11:1


Arabel Kotouvsky

Feb. 3, 1879

Dec. 19, 1977

Forever in Our Hearts




1880 OR CENSUS (Clackamas co, Pleasant Hill, ED 18, FA#129)

1900 OR CENSUS (Clackamas co, Pleasant Hill, ED 79, sheet 10A)

1910 OR CENSUS (Marion co, Chemawa, ED 205, sheet 3B)

1920 OR CENSUS (Marion co, Fairgrounds, ED 321, sheet 2B-3A)

Washington Marriage Records (

1930 OR CENSUS (Coos co, North Bend, ED 13, sheet 3B)

Florida Divorce Index (

IO, 21 Dec 1977, II:11:1


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