Adam John Seelinger

Adam John Seelinger
1882 - 1959
Son of John and Agnes Johannes Seelinger

Adam John with his father, John & mother, Agnes
In front yard of their home at Poplar Heights Farm

He married Beulah Hurt, the daughter of Robert Adam and Lou Ann (Young) Hurt on August 27, 1907.  The moved to Grainfield, Gove County, Kansas where he was a farmer.  After 1910, they moved to Colorado.   They had two children:

  1. Robert Adam was born September 22, 1917 in Greeley, Colorado.  He married Constance Reddig.  Robert was a career officer in the U.S. Navy. He died November 22, 1993. They had a daughter Constance Barbara and a son Robert.  Bob and Connie lived in Newport, Rhode Island.
  2. Anna Lou Seelinger was born in Greeley Colorado. She married Thomas Steward Wenthworth on April 10, 1954 in Rockford, Illinois.  Their children are: Stephen Thomas and Edward Robert.


The train depot in Greeley.
 It was built in 1883.
This photo was taken in 1901.


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:

AJ_Seelinger02He 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
Rockville News, Thursday, June 18 1959

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
DAR Lineage

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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