Charles E. Seeley

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Gender: Male

Date of Birth: May 31, 1841

Birth Place: Oakland County, MI

CHARLES E. SEELEY, one of the well-known and representative citizens of Clark county, is a native of the Wolverine state, having been born in Oakland county, Michigan, on the 31st Of May, 1841, and being a son of Edward H. and Calista (Walker) Seeley, the former of whom was born in Seneca county, New York, and the latter in Connecticut, while it may be stated that the original ancestors of the subject in the maternal line settled in New England in the pre-Revolutionary days. Edward H. Seeley devoted his life to farming and was one of the pioneers of the state of Michigan, where both he and his wife died. His father was a prominent lawyer in New York, and served for a number of years as county judge of Seneca county. The subject of this review received his early educational training in the common schools of his native state and also attended a select school for a short time, just prior to the outbreak of the war of the Rebellion, in which he participated. On the 17th of August, 1861, he enlisted as a private in Company D, Fifth Michigan Volunteer Infantry, and a few weeks later proceeded with his command to the front. He was wounded in the battle of Williamsburg, Virginia, on the 5th of May, 1862, and rejoined his regiment three days before the opening of the seven days’ fighting before the city of Richmond. He received his honorable discharge in the autumn of 1862, by reason of disability, and then returned to his home in Michigan. He there continued to be engaged in farming about five years, after which he learned the trade of carpenter and became a successful contractor and builder. In 1893 he came to South Dakota and located in Maydell township, Clark county, and here he. has continued contracting and building, having contributed materially to the substantial development and progress of this section and having also become the owner of a well-improved and productive farm, to whose management be has given his attention to a greater or less extent.

Mr. Seeley has gained and retained the respect and confidence of the people of the county and is recognized as a loyal and progressive citizen. In politics he has given his support to the Republican party from the time of attaining his legal majority, having cast his first presidential vote for Abraham Lincoln, at the time of his second nomination, and having ever since been a stalwart upholder of the principles and policies of the “grand old party.” He has been called upon to serve in various township offices and is at the present time incumbent of that of justice of the peace. He is treasurer of the Garden City Co-operative Creamery Company, one of the leading business concerns of the county. Fraternally, he is identified with the Grand Army of the Republic, and for the past score of years he has been a zealous member of the Methodist Episcopal church, of which Mrs. Seeley also is a member.

On the 22d of March, 1865, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Seeley to Miss Lucy O. Green, who was born in the state of Michigan, being a daughter of Z. R. and Zerilla Green, and they have seven children, namely: Elmer G., Harry M., Emmet C., Eugene, May R., Frank A. and Alice Louise.

Pages 1043-1044, “History of South Dakota” by Doane Robinson, Vol. II , Published 1904.