From History of Reedsburg and the Upper Baraboo Valley, by Merton Edwin Krug, Publ. February 1929 by the author. Printed by Democrat Printing Company, Madison, Wis., Page 460
Mr. and Mrs. George J. Seamans. A resident of the Reedsburg community since early boyhood, the gentleman whose name introduces this sketch is one of the most widely known figures in Sauk County. His intimate association with his paper, The Reedsburg Free Press, over a period of thirty years, his active interest in Reedsburg financial, civic and educational affairs, his energetic editorial policy and his ability to win many friends, all go to show Mr. Seamans an outstanding citizen in the vicinity in which his labors have been spent.
George J. Seamans is a representative of the old Seamans and Hammond families of Colonial America, and was born March 30, 1864, near the City of Batavia, Genesee County, New York. His parents were Amos and Annah Maria (Lown) Seamans, his father a native of Connecticut, the mother of New York state. When George was four years old the Seamans family came to Wisconsin and located in the town of Ironton, where the father engaged in farming. During the early years the Seamans folk were occupied in clearing their land, and much of the standing timber was made into charcoal and delivered at Ironton, to be used in the smelting furnace of the John F. SMITH Iron Company. After a long and active life on the Ironton farm, Mr. and Mrs. Amos Seamans finally retired to Reedsburg where he died in 1914, she in 1919.
Our subject grew to manhood in Ironton, and was educated in the public schools of that place and at the Friendswood Academy. Shortly afterward he was licensed to teach, and for about fourteen years was one of Sauk County's most successful school teachers. Within a few years after entering the profession, he received a second grade certificate - there were but five second grade certificates in the county at the time. Later he won a first grade certificate, which was one of three then in the county. At the time Mr. Seamans was preparing himself for a state certificate, and expected to make teaching his life-work, but other lines turned him from it. During his years of teaching his energies were spent in the following schools: Lime Ridge Village School, Hillpoint, Narrows Prairie School, Carr Valley School, Valton and North Freedom. In the latter two places he acted as principal. In 1892 he left the profession and for the next five years was engaged in the making and selling of a Sauk County map.
Late that fall, in November 1899, he purchased the Free Press of W. F. Hill, and his salutation to the public he has served for nearly thirty years, was made in the issue of Nov. 30, 1899. For two years he associated with him in the paper adventure Mr. Wheeler, but since has published the paper, editing it himself.
Mr. Seamans was united in marriage on Sept. 19, 1900, to Miss Emma Whiteley. This lady is a native of the community, and for several years prior to her marriage was one of the county's successful school teachers. Since her marriage she has taken an active interest in the community life, is an active member of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, of which she is now County President. She is also prominent in the Methodist Church work, Missionary Club and W. R. C.
Mr. Seamans is at the present time closely identified with the affairs of Reedsburg. In 1910, when the Reedsburg Industrial Association was organized, he was chosen President, and served in that capacity until the organization was dissolved in 1921, when the Chamber of Commerce was founded. In that body he has served continually as a Director. He is Secretary of the Reedsburg Rural Fire Insurance Company; Treasurer of the Reedsburg Farmers' Mutual Rural Fire Insurance Company, and Vice President of the Sauk County Hospital Society. In addition to these activities he is a member of the Forest Lodge I.O.O.F., with which he has been affiliated for forty years; Trustee of the Methodist Church, and a member of the choir, and a member of the national and State Editorial associations.
As president of the Reedsburg Land and Improvement Company he planned the purchase of two farms from which the South Park Addition of the city was platted. Being the second largest shareholder he wielded great influence in the action which resulted in presenting South Park, a most beautiful natural park, to the city of Reedsburg.
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