[Marin County Obit Board]

Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Saturday, January 19, 2008 at 05:36:14 :

Independent Journal
Monday, March 13, 1950

Percival B. Sovey, Retired Writer, Dies in San Rafael

A retired editor and writer of the Northwest, Percival B. Sovey, died yesterday morning of a heart attack, at the home of his brother, Louis M. Sovey, 1414 Nye street, San Rafael.

Sovey, who was a bachelor, was an editor of a newspaper in Astoria, Oregon, when he was 20 years old. He was 73 when he died.

While working in the Northwest, he was marine correspondent in the Columbia River basin for the San Francisco Examiner. He successfully interviewed for William Randolph Hearst the elusive Collis P. Huntington of the Southern Pacific, who had left San Francisco to escape pressure put upon him by the press.

Sovey lived in Kansas City for 35 years, editing the Missouri Democrat. He was a friend of President Harry Truman and took part in Trumanís entry into national politics.

The journalist had lived in the bay area with his brother for eight years.

Besides Louis Sovey, he leaves two other brothers, Sidney S. and Cecil R. Sovey, and two sisters, Mrs. W. L. Rush and Mrs. S. G. Trullinger.

The funeral will be held tomorrow morning at 9:15 from Keatonís mortuary, followed by a requiem mass at St. Raphaelís church. Interment will take place at Mt. Olivet cemetery. A rosary service will be recited at 8 oíclock tonight at the Keaton chapel.

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A Death Notice in the same paper mentions that he was the brother of the late Mrs. Harry Cribb; he was a native of Astoria, Oregon.

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