William E. Seelye

Personal

Gender: Male

Date of Birth: July 22, 1847

Birth Place: St. George, New Brunswick, Canada

William E. Seelye dates his birth at St. George, New Brunswick, on the 22d of July, 1847. When a child, the family came to Minnesota, and after remaining in Minneapolis one year, went to Anoka. William resided with his parents until fifteen years of age, when he enlisted in the Eighth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, serving three years. He returned to Anoka and learned the carpenter trade, which he followed in that vicinity until 1879, and removed to Gull Biver, where he carried on a door, sash, and blind factory until the spring of 1881. He then came to Brainerd and formed a partnership with Alexander Orr, the company doing a general business as contractors and builders.

Page 653, “History of the upper Mississippi Valley,” by H. N. Winchell, Published by the Minnesota Historical Company, Minneapolis, 1881