Oscar J. Seiler

Oscar J. Seiler, attorney at law at Jamestown, is one of the rising young men of Stutsman County, North Dakota. Aside from the practice of his professions he conducts an extensive real estate, insurance and collection business and enjoys the confidence of those among whom he resides.

Mr. Seiler was born near Stephensville, Outagamie County, Wisconsin, March 20, 1870, and is a son of John and Amanda (Mason) Seiler. His father was born in Germany and came to America at the age of twenty years and followed farming. Our subject's mother was born in Indiana and was of American parentage.

In a family of thirteen children, eight of whom are now living, our subject was the seventh in order of birth. He was raised on a farm and attended the country and village schools and at the age of sixteen years began to earn his livelihood. He went to Stutsman County, North Dakota, and worked at farm labor the first summer near Montpelier for one hundred dollars and the following year he spent on farms in the same vicinity, and in the fall of 1857 went to Jamestown and attended school, and the following spring entered the law office of L. T. Hamilton as clerk, and the following winter again attended school. He then continued in the law office five years, and in 1893 went to Grand Forks, North Dakota, where he spent one year in the life insurance business with Joe Mills, and in the fall of 1893 he purchased the collection business of Mr. Hamilton and entered into partnership with E. W. Camp. He continued with Mr. Camp six years, and March 27, 1899, was admitted to practice in the supreme court. He then dissolved partnership with Mr. Camp, since which time he has conducted the business alone, and his practice and financial interests have steadily increased. He is the owner of considerable property in Stutsman county, about two and a half sections of farming lands, mostly grain farms, and also has a residence property in Jamestown.

Our subject was married, in 1893, to Miss Rachel Biglow, who was born and raised in Iowa. Mrs. Seiler is a lady of good education, a high school graduate, and for some time a teacher in North Dakota. Her father was one of the early settlers of that state. Mr. and Mrs. Seller are the parents of two children: Linn, who was born in 1895, and Eugene, who was born in 1899. Mr. Seller is treasurer of the North Dakota Hospital for the Insane, and handles vast sums of money in this connection. He is an efficient officer, and highly esteemed as a citizen. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias and Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Politically he is a Republican.

Source: Compendium and History of North Dakota 1900 Page 203

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