The train depot in Greeley.
Wedding Notes – 1907
One of the prettiest weddings of the summer season was solemnized on Tuesday evening, August 27, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hurt, on North Main street (Butler) when their daughter, Miss Beulah, was united in marriage with Mr. Adam Seelinger, jr. The simple, but impressive service was performed by Rev. Henry Hunter of Kansas City (who also served Elizabeth Chapel). Mr. and Mrs. Seelinger left on the night train for a trip to Colorado after spending two weeks in the mountains will go to Grainfield, Kansas to make their home.
Anna Lou Remembers Her Father
Adam “Addie” John Seelinger’s daughter, Anna Lou Seelinger Wentworth remembers hearing her father talk about growing up at Poplar Heights Farm. She writes:
He loved the farm and did most of the farming, since he was the only son. He knew every foot of that farm, what to plant where for best production, and he probably used most of the old farm equipment from the early 1900’s that remains on the farm. Adam graduated from Butler High School at the turn of the century and went to business college in Kansas City, Missouri.
While there, he worked for the Kansas City Athletic Club. He stayed in Kansas City only a short time. His father asked him to return home to do the farming, since no one knew the farm as well. He stayed until he married Beulah in 1907.
Adam and Beulah left for Grainfield, Kansas, to farm a large wheat ranch owned by John Seelinger. They spent seven years on the ranch. One or two years were successful crop years. The other years the crops were hailed out, blown out by the wind, or eaten by army worms or grasshoppers.
Finally, in about 1913, they moved to Greeley, Colorado, where Adam’s Uncle Frank Seelinger lived. Frank owned a grocery store and a feed store. Adam remained in the grocery business until his retirement in 1958. In 1914, Beulah’s parents moved from Butler to live with them in Greeley. Robert Hurt died in 1926 and Lou Anna died in 1940.
Adam and his mother were extremely close. He was devastated when she died in her 40s from blood poisoning. The hired man’s family came down with scarlet fever. Adam’s mother visited them during their illness. One day, she had been washing the dished at her home and cut her finger. That afternoon she visited the family who were ill and she got infection in her finger. It developed into blood poisoning and she passed away after several days of intense pain.
Adam J. Seelinger, 76, well known resident of Greely, Colo, for the past 46 years, died Saturday afternoon at the Weld Co., General hospital following a lengthly illness.
Born Dec. 4, 1882, at Rockville, Mo., Seelinger was reared in Bates County, Mo., on a large stock farm near Butler noted for its fine mules. He went to a grade school in the country (Herrell) and then attended high school at Butler. Later he had a year’s training at Spaulding’s Business College at Kansas City, Mo. He was the first executive secretary of the Kansas City Athletic Club which is still in existence.
He married Beulah Hurt of Butler on Aug. 27, 1907 at the home of her parents. On their wedding day, he took his bride to a ranch home in western Kansas near Grainfield, owned by his father. They lived there until Oct 1, 1913 when they came to Greeley. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1957.
For 40 years Seelinger was in the grocery business in Greeley, part of the time for himself. He retired at 71.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Masonic lodge, Eastern Star and Amico club, an organization of senior citizens sponsored by the Congregational church. He was president this year, but unable to attend only a few meetings. He was twice worthy patron of the Garden City chapter of OES.
Surviving are his wife and the following: a son, Commander R.A. Seelinger, USN, Springfield, Va.; a daughter, Mrs. Tom (Anna Lou) Wentworth of Rockford, Ill,; four grandchildren and three sisters, Mrs. Roy Bartlett, Butler, Mo.; Mrs. C.A. Sleeth, Joplin, Mo., and Mrs. John Paul Jones, Kansas City.
Funeral services were held June 2 at 12:30 p.m. from the Macy drawing room. Interment will be at Linn Groye cemetery with Masonic rites. Snow White Grocery will be closed from noon to 2 p.m. out of respect to Seelinger and so employees may attend the funeral.
Macy’s Funeral Directors Since 1886 – Greeley Colorado
We are grateful to Mr. Ralph Seward of Greeley, for sending this article to our paper.
Beulah Hurt Seelinger
Robert A. Hurt b. 1852 m. Lou Ann Young b. 1856 Atlanta, Illinois
John H. Young b-d-m 2nd Susan Ellen Britt b- d 1862
Bolling Britt b. 1790 d 1858 m 1820 Mary Gautier b- d1840
William Britt b 1763 d- m 1784 Sarah Poor
William Britt b-d-m- Randolph. He served as a private under Capt. Lucas and Mason in 5th Regt. Va. Troops. He was b. Goochland, Virginia and died 1778 at Valley Forge.
Note: Robert A. Hurt was the son of William and Charlotte (Temple) Hurt.
Artist Connie Seelinger’s sketches of Newport, Rhode Island
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