JOSEPH BEM SEELY CALLED BY DEATH
Grim Reaper Takes Early Oregon Pioneer
Joseph Bem Seely, one of Oregon’s
early pioneers, passed away Friday, July 12, at 5:50
P.M. Joseph Bem was the third son of Mr. and Mrs.
Lucius Alexander Seely and was born near Farmington,
Illinois, August 27, 1849; making his age at the
time of his death 79 years 10 months and 15 days.
With his parents he crossed the
plains by ox team and after a journey of six months
landed in Baker’s prairie (now Canby) in October,
1851 where the family resided for six years then
moved to Linn City, only remaining there one year,
and then moved to Wilsonville where his father
bought 320 acres of land which became the old family
February 3, 1873 Joseph Bem Seely
was united in marriage to Miss Mary Jane Smith. They
bought a home near Wilsonville, where, with his
family around him, he has resided until his death.
To Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Seely were born thirteen
children, seven sons and six daughters. Five of the
children preceded Mr. Seely to the great beyond,
Sophia, Logan, Herschel, Mrs. Ruby Fawcett of Anoka,
Besides numerous friends and other
relatives Mr. Seely leaves to mourn two brothers,
J.L. Seely and R.J. Seely of Wilsonville, his widow
and eight children, Fred at home, Mark of Hood View,
Arthur of Wilsonville, Edd in the U.S. Navy, Mrs.
Pearl Snyder, and Mrs. Roma Murray, all of Hood
View. He also leaves twenty-three grandchildren and
Mr. J.B. Seely was strong and
vigorous; always enjoying the very best of health
and able to work until the age of 70; then as age
came health and strength failed and the last few
years was spent in a life of leisure. His health
failed gradually until about a year ago and since
then he had been confined to his home. Mr.
Seely was a member of the Congregational church.
Published in the Sherwood Valley News (Sherwood,
Oregon), July 18, 1929, Front Page