John Harlan Seeley

Male 1906 - 1973  (66 years)


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  • Name John Harlan Seeley  [1
    Born 6 Oct 1906  Deckard's Run, Crawford County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Buried Mar 1973  Pulaski Cemetery, Pulaski, Oswego County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 15 Mar 1973  Watertown, Jefferson County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Age 66 years 
    Patriarch & Matriarch
    Peter Peterman Seeley,   b. 17 Feb 1845, Deckard's Run, Wayne Twp., Crawford County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Dec 1921, Deckard's Run, Wayne Twp., Crawford County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)  (Father) 
    Mary Elizabeth Jennings,   b. Aug 1838, Sunville, Venango County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1900, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years)  (Grandmother) 
    Person ID I11882  Stewartsnydotcom
    Last Modified 18 May 2020 

    Father Peter Peterman Seeley,   b. 17 Feb 1845, Deckard's Run, Wayne Twp., Crawford County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Dec 1921, Deckard's Run, Wayne Twp., Crawford County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Ancestors Mary Adaline Crouch,   b. 13 Jun 1873, Cooperstown, Venango, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 May 1941, Franklin, Venango, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    Other Partners: Henry E. Butcher  m. 1923  
    Relationship natural 
    Married 30 Jan 1892  Cochranton, Crawford, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F4664  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Ancestors Alice Belle Flagg,   b. 10 Jan 1908, Richland Twp., Oswego County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1984, Richland Twp., Oswego County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Other Partners: Art Ferrance  m. 1950;   Art Laidlaw  m. Between 1930 and 1933;   Herbert Alton Stanley  m. 14 Aug 1926;   John David Wordon  m. Abt 1950 
    Married 25 Jul 1937  Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Last Modified 18 May 2020 
    Family ID F3764  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Aida E. Clark,   b. 9 Jan 1908, Cortland, Cortland County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1988, Cortland, Cortland County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married Abt 1926 
    Divorced 3 Jan 1937  Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Divorce was granted in Cortland County, New York in 1937. (Docket 5, Page 298, 1648)
    Last Modified 18 May 2020 
    Family ID F3765  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Ancestors Jane Mccaw Ballou,   b. 4 Sep 1920, Redfield Twp., Oswego County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Nov 1999, Fulton, Oswego County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 14 Apr 1941  Alexandria, Alexandria, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
    Children 
    Married: 4x1. Suzanne Claudette Seeley
    Larry Russell Laveck  m. 25 Aug 1962;   Unknown Anderson
    Married: 1x2. John Clifton Seeley
    Married: 1x3. Patsy Anne Seeley
    John Michael Doyle  m. 19 Sep 1964
    Last Modified 18 May 2020 
    Family ID F3766  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 

    • Jack attended school at Peter's Corner's one room school in Canal Twp., just over the county line in Venango County and down from the house. Following the death of his father in 1921 and his mother's subsequent remarriage in 1922, Jack left school and moved away. From 1922 well into the 1930s Jack travelled the country working at a variety of jobs. He told his family he worked for a circus at first, and later lived in Chicago where he worked at "bootlegging" for a large organization. When prohibition ended Jack lived for a time in Buffalo where he sold vacuum cleaners, and soon ended up selling cars. It was as a car salesman that Jack established himself and a tidy nest egg. He worked in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania and later moved into New York State where he worked for Car dealerships in Cortland and Binghamton. Married about 1926 to the former Aida Clark of Cortland, the couple lieved in Cortland, Buffalo and Syracuse together. Following their move to Syracuse the couple split and divorced. Jack soon he met and married a divorcee from Pulaski with Redfield roots. Alice Flagg Stanley and Jack were married about 3 years. About 1938 they moved to Payne Hill in the town of Osceola on the North Osceola Rd. While there Jack began logging the North woods. Alice and Jack separated in 1940. Jack had met Redfield girl Jane Ballou through her Father Claude. On April 14, 1941 the pair eloped to Alexandria, Virginia where they were married. Back in Redfield the pair set up housekeeping in a cozy little ranch on The North Osceola Rd. In 1944 Jack was injured in the woods while logging, he soon decided to sell his equipment and find a new business. Later that year the opportunity to lease the Redfield Hotel presented itself. Jack and Jane took the lease on the Hotel from July 1944 through June 1946. The years of war's end proved exceptionally profitable, and following the termination of the lease the young family set out for California where they had planned to relocate and open a restaurant. After six weeks on the road cross country, Jack and Jane returned to Oswego County with their 3 children, settling in Pulaski. In March 1947 they completed purchase on an old farm house on US Rt. 11 that they began renovating into a diner. The 24 hour Seeley's Diner opened in the middle of the great blizzard of 1947. In 1954 the diner was expanded into a full fine dining establishment that became the well-known Seeley's Restaurant. In May 1953 a 12 unit motel was opened across the street. The Motel was sold in the early 1960s and the new owners put in a miniature Golf coarse. As a local business leader Jack became active in the Masonic Temple and the Shriners. He was inititated into the Amboy Republican Lodge on June 7, 1945 and raised to the third degree on July 5, 1945. He demitted to the Pulaski Lodge on January 1, 1957 Both Jack and Jane were members of the Methodist church and local Chamber of Commerce. He and Jane traveled regularly to Florida where Jack's sister Florence and Jane's sister Vivian lived. They took weekends to Canada and had a wide circle of friends. Jack rode an Ostrich in a race at the 1956 Oswego County Fair. A photo of that event long hung over the bar in the Restaurant. In the mid 1940s Jack became a licensed pilot. In the 1950's he co-owned an aircraft that was kept at the nearby Richland Airfield. His children fondly remember the occasional flights with him. Jack died after a short illness in 1973. His widow and son carried on the Restaurant until 1985 when it was sold. Jack is buried just a mile south of the Restaurant in Pulaski Cemetery.
      Jack attended school at Peter's Corner's one room school in Canal Twp., just over the county line in Venango County and down from the house. Following the death of his father in 1921 and his mother's subsequent remarriage in 1922, Jack left school and moved away. From 1922 well into the 1930s Jack travelled the country working at a variety of jobs. He told his family he worked for a circus at first, and later lived in Chicago where he worked at "bootlegging" for a large organization. When prohibition ended Jack lived for a time in Buffalo where he sold vacuum cleaners, and soon ended up selling cars.
      It was as a car salesman that Jack established himself and a tidy nest egg. He worked in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania and later moved into New York State where he worked for Car dealerships in Cortland and Binghamton. Married about 1926 to the former Aida Clark of Cortland, the couple lieved in Cortland, Buffalo and Syracuse together. Following their move to Syracuse the couple split and divorced. Jack soon he met and married a divorcee from Pulaski with Redfield roots. Alice Flagg Stanley and Jack were married about 3 years. About 1938 they moved to Payne Hill in the town of Osceola on the North Osceola Rd. While there Jack began logging the North woods. Alice and Jack separated in 1940.
      Jack had met Redfield girl Jane Ballou through her Father Claude. On April 14, 1941 the pair eloped to Alexandria, Virginia where they were married. Back in Redfield the pair set up housekeeping in a cozy little ranch on The North Osceola Rd. In 1944 Jack was injured in the woods while logging, he soon decided to sell his equipment and find a new business. Later that year the opportunity to lease the Redfield Hotel presented itself. Jack and Jane took the lease on the Hotel from July 1944 through June 1946. The years of war's end proved exceptionally profitable, and following the termination of the lease the young family set out for California where they had planned to relocate and open a restaurant.
      After six weeks on the road cross country, Jack and Jane returned to Oswego County with their 3 children, settling in Pulaski. In March 1947 they completed purchase on an old farm house on US Rt. 11 that they began renovating into a diner. The 24 hour Seeley's Diner opened in the middle of the great blizzard of 1947. In 1954 the diner was expanded into a full fine dining establishment that became the well-known Seeley's Restaurant. In May 1953 a 12 unit motel was opened across the street. The Motel was sold in the early 1960s and the new owners put in a miniature Golf coarse.
      As a local business leader Jack became active in the Masonic Temple and the Shriners. He was inititated into the Amboy Republican Lodge on June 7, 1945 and raised to the third degree on July 5, 1945. He demitted to the Pulaski Lodge on January 1, 1957
      Both Jack and Jane were members of the Methodist church and local Chamber of Commerce. He and Jane traveled regularly to Florida where Jack's sister Florence and Jane's sister Vivian lived. They took weekends to Canada and had a wide circle of friends.
      Jack rode an Ostrich in a race at the 1956 Oswego County Fair. A photo of that event long hung over the bar in the Restaurant. In the mid 1940s Jack became a licensed pilot. In the 1950's he co-owned an aircraft that was kept at the nearby Richland Airfield. His children fondly remember the occasional flights with him.
      Jack died after a short illness in 1973. His widow and son carried on the Restaurant until 1985 when it was sold. Jack is buried just a mile south of the Restaurant in Pulaski Cemetery.

  • Sources 
    1. [S592] Ballou Family.FTW.
      Date of Import: Aug 13, 1999

    2. Details: Footnote: Broderbund Family Archive #110, Vol. 2, Ed. 6, Social Security Death Index: U.S., Date of Import: Aug 10, 1999, Internal Ref. #1.112.6.112115.152 Footnote: Broderbund Family Archive #110, Vol. 2, Ed. 6, Social Security Death Index: U.S., Date of Import: Apr 1, 1999, Internal Ref. #1.112.6.73734.32.

    3. [S707] Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Marriage Records and Indexes, 1810-1973, Ancestry.com, (Name: Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;;), Database online.
      Record for John H Seeley

    4. [S706] Warren-Joyner.FTW.
      Date of Import: Aug 31, 1999