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Louis G. Seitzinger

Louis G. Seitzinger, president of the Quilcene Trading Company, became a resident of Quilcene, Jefferson county, in 1890. He was born in Seneca, Illinois, January 11, 1868, a son of George A. and Ann (Godwin) Seitzinger, who were natives of Pennsylvania and of Canada respectively. It was in 1852 that the father removed to Illinois and soon afterward Ann Godwin became a resident of that state, where they were married. Mr. Seitzinger took up the work of carpentering and contracting and remained in Illinois until 1885, when he removed to western Kansas, where he continued along the same line of business until 1890. In that year he became a resident of Quilcene, Washington, where he remained to the time of his death, which occurred in September, 1915, when he had reached the notable old age of eighty-four years. His wife died in northern Indiana in 1881, when forty-eight years of age. In their family were two children, of whom John Seitzinger is now in Alaska.

Louis G. Seitzinger, the elder, attended the schools of Illinois, Indiana and Kansas during his boyhood days and afterward took up the profession of teaching in Kansas, while later he taught school for three years in Jefferson county, Washington, having accompanied his father on the removal to this state in 1890. In 1895 he established business under the name of the Quilcene Trading Company, beginning operations on a small scale. The business has now grown, however, to large proportions and in the undertaking he is associated with R. J. Chard. They carry a large and well selected line of goods and as general merchants have built up a business of very gratifying proportions.

On the 18th of August, 1897, Mr. Seitzinger was united in marriage to Miss Alice E. Such, of Quilcene, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Such. Her mother died in 1897 but her father is still living and is numbered among the honored pioneer settlers of the state, having come to Washington at an early day. Mr. and Mrs. Seitzinger have three children: Louis U., born in Quilcene in 1899, is now a senior in the high school; Forrest Z., born in 1904, and Lloyd Roy, born July 8, 1905, are both in school.

In 1894 Mr. Seitzinger was called to the office of county surveyor for a two years' term. He has also been justice of the peace and has been school director for the past seventeen years, the cause of education finding in him a stalwart champion. His political support is given the democratic party. Fraternally he is a Mason and a past master of his lodge, while of the Eastern Star at Quilcene he was the first patron. He also has membership with the Foresters and the Modern Woodmen of America. In his business he has demonstrated the fact that industry wins. His determination and indefatigable energy have constituted the foundation on which he has built his success. He has worked upward along the line of steady progression and at all times has kept in close touch with the spirit of modern commercialism.

Source: Washington, west of the Cascades; historical and descriptive; the explorers, the Indians, the pioneers, the modern; (Volume 2); by Herbert Hunt; Publisher: Chicago, Seattle, etc., The S. J. Clarke publishing company; 1917.

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