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Henry Stanly Seely


Gender: Male

Date of Birth: January 15, 1875

Birth Place: Arcata

A native son of whom Arcata and Humboldt county are very justifiably proud is Henry Stanly Seely, prominent merchant of Arcata, and at present mayor of that thriving little city, and at all times one of her most progressive and influential citizens.

Mr. Seely was born in Arcata, January 15, 1875. His father was John S.Seely, one of the early Humboldt county pioneers, and his mother was Virginia (Deuel) Seely. Both are well known in this county, where they passed many years of their lifetime, and where they are held in the highest esteem by all who know them. The son, Henry Stanly, spent his boyhood days in Arcata, attending the public and later the high school, graduating from the latter in 1895. For a few years after completing his education he remained at home with his parents, working at various occupations in his native city, and in December, 1895, he accepted a position as assistant bookkeeper for the Vance Redwood Lumber Company, of Arcata. He remained with this company until December, 1902, when he purchased an interest in general merchandise store in Arcata, and was appointed manager and secretary of the same. The reorganized firm was known as the Seely & Titlow Company, and is at present one of the most flourishing business houses in the city. The scope of their enterprise has been increased since Mr. Seely took charge of the business and many improvements have been made in every department under his careful and skillful direction.

Mr. Seely has always been interested in political affairs and has been actively associated with the public interests of his community for many years. He is a Republican in his affiliations, but is an independent thinker, well informed, and by no means bound by part lines in his handling of vital public questions and conditions. He is open-minded and progressive and has been am important factor in the upbuilding and development of Arcata. His election to the office of mayor is only one of the many evidences of the confidence reposed in him by his fellow citizens.

For many years he has been vitally interested in the educational conditions in the city, and for six years has served continuously as a member of the board of trustees for the grammar school, and has given freely of his time and ability for the benefits of the public school system.

Socially and fraternally Mr. Seely is also very popular. He is a prominent member of several of the best known local lodges and is closely associated with the general management of their affairs. He is a member of the Native Sons, and secretary of the local parlor; also a member of the Eagles, and secretary of the local lodge; he is a Mason, and a member of the Blue Lodge. Mr. Seely was also one of the men who organized the Arcata Club, and since its organization has been its secretary.

The marriage of Mr. Seely took place in Arcata, December 25, 1896, uniting him with Miss Helen Alameda Howell, a native of Colorado, born in Denver, November 13, 1874. She is the daughter of Wm. H. and Elizabeth (Nugent) Howell, and came to California with her parents in 1893, locating in Humboldt county, where they are well and favorably known. Mrs. Seely has borne her husband four children. They are John, Grace, Charles and Mildred.

Pages 353-354 History of Humboldt County, California with Biographical Sketches, History by Leigh H. Irving, published by Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California 1915

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