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Arthur Y. Seely


Gender: Male

Date of Birth: 1860

Birth Place: Nova Scotia

Imagination is a priceless crystal in the vision of the man who achieves, and this quality, combined with executive power and unerring judgment, has brought Arthur Y. Seely to the fore in industrial circles of the Pacific northwest. He has aided in shaping the destiny of Blaine, in which he has made his home for thirty-five years, and is one of the valuable citizens whom Canada has furnished to the United States. He was born in the province of Nova Scotia in 1860 and his parents were E. C. and Maria (Mitchell) Seely. His father was a mill owner and builder of ships. He also was engaged in the shipping business, trading principally with the West Indies, and was a man of large affairs and strict honesty, actuated at all times by the spirit of progress.

Arthur Y. Seely was educated in the public schools of the Dominion and at the age of twenty-one entered the mercantile business. He also engaged in general merchandising in Nova Scotia, and in 1891 he came to Blaine, Washington. In association with his brother, E. C. Seely, who withdrew from the business in 1901, he embarked in the grocery business and later opened a general store, which he conducted for fifteen years. Possessing mechanical skill and ingenuity, Mr. Seely had been at work for some time upon a can lacquering machine, which he at length perfected with the assistance of a partner, and in 1906 he withdrew from the mercantile field. A shop was secured and the work of constructing this device was soon under way. He also designed a weighing machine, which he likewise manufacturers, in addition to a can washing machine of which he is the inventor. The last named device weighs three hundred pounds and sells for one hundred and seventy-five dollars. The can lacquering machine varies in price from five hundred and fifty to six hundred and fifty dollars and weighs fifteen hundred pounds. All have been patented and are shipped to points throughout the United States and also to foreign countries. Mr. Seely employs four skilled mechanics and under his expert direction the business has steadily increased. He is deeply engrossed in his work and always has some new plan in the making.

In 1918 Mr. Seely was united in marriage to Miss Rose Randall, a native of England. He reserves the right to vote according to the dictates of his judgment and is liberal and broadminded in his views on all subjects. His industry has made the name of Blaine known throughout the world and his worth to the community is uniformly acknowledged.

Page 281, History of Whatcom County, Volume II, by Lottie Roeder Roth, 1926.

[Son of Edwin Collins SGS # 3652 – Arthur; Edwin Collins (SGS # 3652); Caleb; Ebenezer, Ebenezer, Ebenezer, Jonas; Obadiah]

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