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Possessed of the qualities of perseverance and industry inherent in the Teutonic race, Mr. Sellinger has made an unqualified success of his well-directed life, good management and unswerving honor having distinguished his smallest effort. A native of California, his birth having occurred July 6, 1863, in Sacramento, where he makes his home today, Mr. Sellinger is the only living child of Charles and Mary (Simmons) Sellinger, who were united in marriage in December, 1859. in Cincinnati, Ohio. His father, Charles Sellinger, was born in Baden Baden, Germany, December 20, 1831, and, ac- cording to the custom in the homeland, left public school at the age of fourteen, becoming an apprentice to a baker. Two years later, armed with a desire to start life in America, glowing reports of which filled his young mind, he set sail. Arriving in New York City, with the dogged determination which characterized his after life, he searched for a situation and found it in a meat market, his services proving so valuable that he was induced to remain with his employers during the succeeding five years. In 1853 he went to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he became a hotel cook, but a year later he engaged in the liquor business, meeting with fair success. In 1856 he disposed of his interests and emigrated to San Francisco, where for three years he served as a hotel cook, resigning this position to establish a butcher shop in Sacramento. In 1864 he opened a hotel and successfully conducted it until 1879; upon the sale of this hotel he engaged in the manufacture of ice. Later, as the agent of the Union Ice Company, he engaged in the wholesale and retail trade of ice until 1904, when he sold this business to his son and retired from active labor.

Until the age of fifteen years George Sellinger attended public school, and upon relinquishing his studies he became a clerk in a meat market, faithfully performing his duties for four years. In 1882 he entered upon the life of a Texas ranger, but after two years on the plains returned to his native city and became associated with his father in the ice, coal and feed business, on Third between J and K streets; but in 1891 they changed their location to the present place at No. 521 I street, and he is now the owner and manager.

Mr. Sellinger was married August 4, 1883, to Miss Annie Fay, of Sacramento, and to their union four children were born : Ethel, who in 1910 graduated from Miss Head's School, Berkeley, Cal. ; Charles, who is attending Boone's College, Berkeley; Madeline, and George, Jr., who are attending Sacramento high school.

Mr. Sellinger is one of the best known citizens of Sacramento and is a man of keen business ability and generous principles. Fraternally, he is identified with Sacramento Parlor No. 3, N. S. G. W., Sacramento Lodge No. 6, B. P. 0. E., and Sacramento Court No. 12, F. of A. He is a staunch Republican, intelligently interested in all political movements. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011