Alfred M. Seeley

Personal

Gender: Male

Date of Birth: December 18, 1862

Birth Place: Pike Countly, IL

Death Place: Kansas City, MO

Reared among surroundings calculated to foster a natural aptitude for horticulture, Mr. Seeley has become one of the most enterprising and successful dwellers in the Covina valley. He is a native of Pike county, Ill., born December 18, 1862. His father, James M. Seeley, was during the years of his activity prominent and influential in Pike county. Of sterling Puritan stock, he claimed descent from the voyagers of the Mayflower. Foremost in all things pertaining to the welfare of the community, he exerted a lasting influence upon its history and development. For fourteen years he ably filled the office of sheriff of Pike county, and for eight years he was presiding judge of his district. His father, Col. James M. Seeley, was a courageous solider in the war of the Revolution, and one of the first to settle in Pike county, Ill. Judge Seeley married Elizabeth Unsell, whose parents left Virginia and settled in Missouri while it was yet a territory.

Alfred M. Seeley spent his childhood upon his father’s farm, and conscientiously availed himself of the opportunities of the public schools. At the age of twenty-two he entered upon a business career with a wholesale confectionery concern at Quincy, Ill., with whom he remained for two years. From 1890 to 1895 he was associated with the Winkely Artificial Limb Company, with headquarters at No. 323 Nicolet avenue, Minneapolis, Minn., a firm that engaged in the manufacture of artificial limbs and surgical supplies of all kinds.

In the fall of 1895 Mr. Seeley came to California and took up his residence in the Covina valley, where he has thirty-nine acres, mainly given over to the cultivation of oranges. His political affiliations are with the Republican party. Fraternally he is associated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Ancient Order of United Workmen (both of Covina), and the Knights of Pythias in Kansas City, Mo. He is a member, and the present time treasurer, of the Columbia Land and Water Company.

Mr. Seeley married Alice Atchison, by whom he has a daughter, Mary M., born in Kansas City, Mo., October 26, 1892. Mrs. Seeley was educated in Columbia (Mo.) College, a large and successful institution for young ladies, and conducted under the auspices of members of the Christian Church. Her father, Samuel P. Atchison, was a fine type of the Puritan democracy of the old school, and was for years a prominent resident of Kentucky, his active life being passed in that state, although his death occurred in Kansas City. Mo. Her mother bore the maiden name of Mary E. Ragland, and was a member of an old Kentucky family.

Pages 774- 775, “Historical and Biographical Record of Los Angeles and Vicinity” by J.M. Guinn A.M., published by the Chapman Publishing Company 1901.