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Fred K.A. Seely


Gender: Male

Date of Birth: October 11, 1862

Birth Place: Monroeville, Huron County, OH

FRED K.A. SEELY, a prominent merchant of Metamora and also incumbent of the office of cashier of the Farmers’ and Merchants’ bank, of that village, was born in Monroeville, Huron county, Ohio, October 11, 1862, a son of Robert and Marilla (Searles) Seely. His paternal grandfather, Charles Seely, was a resident of Pennsylvania and a tanner by trade, and the maternal grandfather, Elbridge Searles, was born in Massachusetts in 1812, settling in Huron county, Ohio, in the early 50’s and in 1861 he removed to Amboy township, Fulton county, where he improved a good farm, on which he continued to reside until his death, in the autumn of 1899, at the age of eighty-seven years. Concerning his children, the following brief record is given: Ralph and Addison both died while serving as soldiers in the Civil war; Jane is the wife of George Buskirk; Marilla is the wife of Robert Seely; Rachel is the wife of Trune Alvord; Louisa is the wife of John Setzler; Oscar is a resident of this county; Mary is the wife of William Brooks; Julia is the wife of Jay White; and the younger children are Emily, Frederick K.A., Hattie, and Elbridge. Robert Seely has been a resident of Monroeville, Ohio, since 1850, has there been engaged in the livery business since 1872, and he is also one of the oldest merchants of the town. He and his wife became the parents of six children, all of whom are lively, namely: Charles, Fred K.A., Cora, Edith, Laura M. and Edward. Fred K.A. Seely was reared in Monroeville and after completing the curriculum of the public schools he took a course in the business college at Ada, Ohio. In 1880 he located in Metamora, where he was employed as salesman in a mercantile establishment for five years, after which he was employed four years as traveling salesman of agricultural implements. He them established himself in the furniture and undertaking business in Metamora, in which line of enterprise he has since continued most successfully, and in 1900 he added a stove-department to his well equipped establishment. Upon the organization of the Farmers’ and Merchants; Banking company, in 1902, Mr. Seely was appointed cashier, in which executive capacity he has since served with marked discrimination and acceptability. He is also the owner of a fine farm of forty acres, in Amboy township, and is a reliable and public-spirited citizen and progressive business man. In politics Mr. Seely is a Republican, he has served in various offices, including that of clerk of Amboy township, and for the past seven years he has been village clerk, having been one of the incorporators of the village of Metamora, in 1893, and having taken a most active interest in all that has tended to advance the welfare and progress of the town. He is identified with the lodge, chapter and progress of the town. He is identified with the lodge, chapter and commandery of the Masonic fraternity, and also with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and both he and his wife are valued members of the Methodist Episcopal church in their home town. May 24, 1880, Mr. Seely was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Frail, daughter of Perry and Elizabeth Frail, of Delaware county, N.Y. They have no children.

Pages 541-542 “The County of Fulton” Thomas Mikesell, Editor, published by the Northwestern Historical Association, Madison, Wis., 1905.

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