July 15th, 2007
Alfred B. Seiler 1847-1930
Alfred B. Seiler was born in McEwensville in 1847 to Peter and Sarah Jane Seiler. In 1856 he began work on a saw mill at Muddy Run where he was employed until 1864. He relocated to Watsontown in 1864 and worked for Mr. Hollopeter and Mr. Everitt and then in 1867 for Cook and Pardee which later became known as A. Pardee & Son. He worked as a foreman for Mr. Pardee until the mill closed in 1890. From 1893 to 1902, Mr. Seiler was superintendent of the Pardee lumber operations at Pardee Station in Union County and from March 1904 had been employed by the White Deer Lumber Company as foreman of their large mill near White Deer.
Alfred married Ellen March in 1869 and according to the Federal Census Records, they had the following children: Virgie May, b. May 1870; William, b. 1873; Mahala, b. September 1877; and Grace W., b. August 1889. Ellen was born in January 1848 and had seven children, four of which were still living in 1900. Alfred and Ellen were members of the Methodist Church in Watsontown.
In 1893 Alfred Seiler was made Chief Burgess to finish out the term of Dr. McClure who had died in office on February 27, 1892. Alfred was a member of the Democratic party.
Ellen died in 1923. Alfred died on January 15, 1930. They are buried at Watsontown Cemetery.
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