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George Henry Seeley


Gender: Male

Date of Birth: May 23, 1846

Birth Place: Syracuse, NY

GEORGE H. SEELEY, superintendent of the Oak Lawn stock farm, Menomonie, was born May 23, 1846, in Syracuse, N.Y. Henry Seeley, his grandfather, was a native of Connecticut. His father, James Seeley, married Lucy A. Knapp, a relative of J.H. Knapp, of Menomonie. James Seeley was a successful gold miner in California for twelve years, but died near La Crosse, Wis. His wife is yet living at Syracuse, N.Y., and is the mother of four children: Louise M., George H., living, and Walker J. and Ella A. deceased.

George H., was educated at the Syracuse academy, and at Eastman’s commercial college, from which latter he graduated in 1865. The following winter he came west and clerked three years in Sparta, Wis., in a dry good house. He was in the same business in Winona, Minn. and then bought wheat at Kasson, same state. In August, 1869, he came to Menomonie, Wis., where he took charge of a branch store for Jackson Bros., of Eau Claire. After one year he became sole owner, but eventually sold out and became superintendent of the furnishing department of Knapp, Stout & Co.’s store. After this he was engaged in the livery business for sixteen years, and also ran omni-bus lines to Menomonie Junction, using from fifty to sixty horses. It was while in this business that Mr. Seeley first became interested in veterinary surgery and he at once set himself to work systematically, with his well-known e science of the anatomy of the horse, buying the necessary text books and everything for the study of veterinary surgery. He soon became quite proficient and performed a number of difficult operations. Perhaps it was this success and the confidence Capt. Tainter had in him which caused the latter to encourage Mr. Seeley’s proposed plan of a stock farm on a large scale. He received full permission for carrying out his cherished plans, and the result is the now famous Oak Lawn stock farm, of which he became superintendent. The work was started in April, 1889, and has flourished under his efficient management. He married in 1871, Miss Lottie M., daughter of Capt. Andrew Tainter, and to them have been born four children: Ruth B., James T., Louis M. and George L. Mr. Seeley is a republican in politics, and has served as alderman and mayor of Menomonie, and was city treasurer two terms. He is president of the Dunn County Agricultural society.

Page 752-753, “Historical and Biographical Album of the Chippewa Valley Wisconsin,” edited by George Forrester, Al Warner, Publisher, Chicago, Illinois, 1891-1892.

[Grandson of SGS # 3096 – George Henry; James W.; Henry (#3096); Gideon (#1332); Gideon; John S.; Obadiah; Obadiah; Obadiah]

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