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Orland C. Seeley


Gender: Male

Date of Birth: April 18, 1893

Birth Place: Portersburg, Clay County, KY

ORLAND C. SEELEY. A business experience covering a number of years is, according to its nature, honorable or otherwise, but in either case it develops capacity and either broadens or lessens the outlook on life. While every type of business man must possess certain qualities to insure success in his undertaking, those indispensable to the banker rest on a higher plane than in many lines, and for this reason, if for no other, the banker occupies a position in a community removed from many of his fellow-citizens. As a bank represents the most conservative of all institutions, so must those connected therewith be regular, steady and substantial in their actions and characteristics. Orland C. Seeley, cashier of the Black Mountain Bank of Evarts, Kentucky, has spent some years behind the counters of financial institutions in this state, for although he is still a young man his career has been one in which he has gained much experience. This has taught him conservatism, but at the same time it has given him a correct idea of the value of a certain amount of progressiveness, and it is the combination of these two in his character that makes him valuable to his institution and has placed him in a position or recognized importance in his line of endeavor.

Mr. Seeley was born at Portersburg, Clay County, Kentucky, April 18, 1893, a son of Pleasant D. and Lizzie (Martin) Seeley. His father, -a resident of London, Kentucky, was born in Laurel County, this state, in 1865, and was there reared and married. For a number of years he devoted himself exclusively to farming, but later began to carry on this vocation in conjunction with work as a traveling salesman, and since 19o8 has made his headquarters at London, where he occupies a comfortable home. He is highly thought of in his community and is accounted an industrious, capable and versatile man and one who can be depended upon to discharge fully the highest responsibilities of good citizenship. He is a republican in his political allegiance, holds membership in the Masonic fraternity, and is a member of the Baptist Church and a supporter of the movements thereof. Mr. Seeley married Miss Lizzie Martin, who was born in 1863 in Laurel County, and resides at London, a faithful member of and worker in the Baptist Church. They have been the parents of the following children : Raina, who is the wife of Henry Doan, a carpenter of London, Kentucky ; Carl, a traveling representative for large mercantile concerns, who makes his headquarters at Lexington ; Kash, who is clerk in the commissary of a large coal concern at Highsplint, Harlan County; Orland C., of this review; Clyde, who is of adventurous spirit and has no settled place of residence or occupation ; Claude, the twin of Clyde, who died at the age of eight months ; and Gladys, who is residing with her parents at London.

Orland C. Seeley acquired his primary educational training in the rural schools of Laurel County, following which he entered the high school at London, which he attended until reaching his senior year. He was nineteen years of age when he left school to receive his first experience in business and financial affairs, and was given his introduction to the banking business as clerk in the Farmers State Bank of London, an institution with which he was identified for four years. In April, 1918, Mr. Seeley enlisted in the United States Army and was sent to Indianapolis, to the vocational training attachment, where he remained eight weeks. He was then transferred to Camp Hancock, where he remained thirty days, following which he was sent to the Raritan Arsenal, and remained at Metuchan, New Jersey, for thirty days. Later he was stationed at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland, and remained there from August, 1918, to March 4, 1919, and on March 13, 1919. was honorably discharged at Camp Taylor. Upon his return to civil life he entered the National Bank of London, of which institution he was assistant cashier from April 1, 1919, until September 20, 1919, at which time he resigned to come to Evarts and accept the position of cashier of the Black Mountain Bank, a position which he has retained to the present. This bank was opened for business September 15, 1919, and has been a great success as a state bank. Its officers are : president, T. G. Wright, Lynch, Kentucky; vice president, Dr. W. E. Riley, Lynch, Kentucky; and cashier, Orland C. Seeley. The capital stock of the institution is $25,000, and its approximate deposits at this time are $100,000. Mr. Seeley devotes his entire time and attention to the duties of his position and has won the esteem of his associates and the confidence and good will of the bank’s patrons. He is a republican in politics, although he has had no time for political matters, and his religious faith is that of the Christian Church.

Mr. Seeley was married February 2, 1918, at London, Kentucky, to Miss Lucy Mooney, daughter of James and Mary (Nicholson) Mooney, residents of London, where Mr. Mooney is the proprietor of a blacksmith shop. Mrs. Seeley is a graduate of the high school at London. She and her husband are the parents of one child, Helen Joyce, who was born May 11, 1920.

Page 409-410, “History of Kentucky,” Volume V, Judge Charles Kerr Editor Publisher The American Historical Society Chicago and New York 1922

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