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TOPEKA. Kas., Jan. 4. — A little girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Harvey today on an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe train as the latter was pulling into Topeka. The parents of the little girl are prosperous residents of Chicago and were en route from San Francisco to that city. They named the child “Santa Fe.”
I couldn’t find any record of this Santa Fe Harvey, but I did found another Santa Fe Harvey — though it was her married name. She was born in New York in 1889.
Related name: Seeva Fair. Baby Seeva Fair, born four decades after baby Santa Fe, had initials that referenced the Santa Fe Railroad.
Source: “Child Born on Train.” Los Angeles Herald 5 Jan. 1908: 2.
Dozens of railroads and railroad equipment manufacturers participated in the fair, which featured exhibits, reenactments, rides, musical shows, parades, and more.
One exhibit was an entire “Indian Village” created by the Santa Fe Railroad.
The village included tipis, hogans, a pueblo, an arts and crafts building, a medicine lodge and a trading post. (Here’s a map.)
The Santa Fe Railroad even brought in Hopi Indians from a reservation in Oraibi, Arizona, to live in the village and perform for fairgoers.
On September 23, 1949, a baby was born to Hopi parents Clara and Robert Lucas — described as a “blanket embroiderer” and a “doll maker,” respectively — in their one-room dwelling in the pueblo. (Their two older daughters were living there as well.)
The baby girl was named Seeva Fair Lucas. The name Seeva was derived from the Hopi word for railroad (one source says the full word is sivavö) and the middle name Fair effectively makes her name “Railroad Fair” — after the Chicago Railroad Fair.
Seeva’s parents also noted that the initials “S.F.” were a nod to the Santa Fe Railroad.
After the fair ended, the Lucas family returned to Arizona. Several newspapers mention Seeva’s 10th birthday party in 1959, and she attended high school in Holbrook, Arizona, in the mid-1960s.
(And here’s a cool fact: The Chicago Railroad Fair was one of the things that inspired Walt Disney in 1948 to draw up plans for the “Mickey Mouse Park” that eventually became Disneyland!)