Percival Claude Broder

ID# 229, (1899-1974)
Percy Broder
      Percival Claude Broder was born on 10 August 1899 in La Conner, Skagit County, Washington.1 He was the son of John Broder and Alice Mary Graves.1,2 Percival Claude Broder was a student at Walla Walla College in 1918.3 On 12 September 1918, at Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, Percy registered for the draft. He was described as short, small stature, with brown hair and brown eyes. He was enrolled in a pre-medical program at Walla Walla College at the time. He married first Kathreen Alice Collier about 1934.4,5 He and Kathreen Alice Collier were divorced on 29 December 1936 in Bellingham, Whatcom County, Washington.6,7 He married second Melba Vera (Sigsworth) Pappajohn, daughter of John Sigsworth and Esther Wilson, on 25 June 1941 in New Westminster, British Columbia. The wedding took place at the home of Melba's brother.8 On 3 Apr 1942, Percy completed a border crossing manifest in order to gain entry to the US for a one-day business trip. He and Melba Vera Sigsworth were divorced. He lived with his mother Alice Mary Graves in 3335 Ninth Ave West, Seattle, King County, Washington, between 1943 and 1948. He was working at the War Department in 1944.9 He married third Hannah Charlotte (Reichard) Baierle on 7 August 1960 at the home of Hannah's son Charles Baierle in Alderwood Manor, Snohomish County, Washington.10,11 He and Hannah Charlotte (Reichard) Baierle were divorced in July 1964 in Seattle, King County, Washington.12 He had no children. He died on 16 August 1974 in Seattle, Washington, at age 75.1,13 A death notice appeared in The Seattle Times on 19 Aug 1974.14 He was buried on 20 August 1974 in Evergreen-Washelli Memorial Park, Seattle, King County, WashingtonG.1

Percy's niece Marion (Broder) Doyle remembers: Percy and his brother Harold had a company named Furst & Wahl on the corner of First & Wall Streets in Seattle, WA. Written in Ripley's Believe It or Not: "Mr Furst & Mr Wahl own a company on First and Wall". He bought out people's savings accounts during the depression paying 10 cents on the dollar. Percy ran Robert Broder's tomato cannery at Grand Forks, BC for a year.15
Last Edited=27 Aug 2018


  1. [S128] Percy Broder, Funeral Card, 20 Aug 1974, privately held by Faye West, Edmonton, Alberta.
  2. [S126] Social Security Death Index, online (
  3. [S940] North Pacific Union Gleaner, 1918, Vol 13 No 22 p 5, on website Seventh Day Adventist Archives, online (
  4. [S1775] Bellingham City Directory (Detroit, Michigan: R. L. Polk, 1934), with Alice (wid John) at 2317 F.
  5. [S1774] Bellingham City Directory (Detroit, Michigan: R. L. Polk, 1935), with wife Kathreen at 2317 F.
  6. [S1776] The Bellingham Herald, Bellingham, Washington, 20 Jun 1936, 9.
  7. [S1778] The Bellingham Herald, Bellingham, Washington, 29 Dec 1936, 8.
  8. [S499] Broder - Pappajohn, unknown newspaper title, unknown location, Jun 1941.
  9. [S912] Letter from Percy Broder (Seattle, WA) to Violet Broder, 30 Sept 1944; privately held by Faye West (Edmonton, Alberta) LET 005.
  10. [S910] Percy Broder & Hannah Baierle, Marriage Registration 245253 (30 Aug 1960), Washington Digital Archives,
  11. [S934] Letter from Charles Baierle (Snohomish, Washington) to Faye West, 28 Sep 2010; privately held by Faye West (Edmonton, Alberta). LET 006.
  12. [S1157] The Seattle Times, 9 Jul 1964, p 48, on website GenealogyBank, online (
  13. [S126] Social Security Death Index, online (, 536-14-5652.
  14. [S1781] Broder, Percy C, Seattle Daily Times, Seattle, Washington, 19 Aug 1974, pg 3.
  15. [S69] Interview with Marion Doyle (Lethbridge, AB), by Faye West, 25 Dec 2002.
  16. [S443] John Broder, 1900 Federal Census (Skagit, Washington), HeritageQuest,
  17. [S444] Alice Broder, 1910 Federal Census (Washington), HeritageQuest,