Memories & Letters
Clark County Locals
was created November 17, 1900 and named for Frederick
J. Seif who was born in Oshkosh, WI., July 9, 1855.
In 1875, he married Miss Mary Wiesner at Dale, WI.
That same year they drove an ox team to Clark County,
to begin a pioneer life on 80 acres of land they had
purchased in the town of Sherwood. They lived
there until moving to this township which today bears
his name. Having helped with its initial organization,
forty-four year old Frederick Seif was then elected
town chairman when the first town meeting was held,
in April of 1901. In 1906, Fred and Mary moved
into a fine new residence on Grand Avenue in Neillsville,
WI and left the care of their farm to their son, John.
Shortly after moving to
Neillsville, Mr. Seif opened a farm implement business
with L. H. Howard. Fred Stelloh bought out Mr. Howard’s
interest and after some time Mr. Seif's sons, Charles
and Fred Jr. took over the entire business which was
then known as, F. J. Seif & Sons.
Fred's hard work and diligence
gained the respect of his family, friends and neighbors
and he was elected as an alderman. Having preformed
those duties faithfully, he then served four years as
mayor of Neillsville. He was a man of good judgment,
honest in private and public business, always ready
to be of service to those about him. It would be well
indeed with the world if all men had given as honest,
faithful service in life as did Mr. Seif.
In 1926, during the spring
of his seventy first year, Frederick J. Seif underwent
a severe surgical operation at St. Joseph's Hospital
in Marshfield, WI. He never fully rallied afterward
and died Monday afternoon, March 8th, at about 4 o'clock.
His life had ended before he was able return to his
home and family. He was buried at Neillsville, WI City
Cemetery. On October 4, 1935, Mary was laid to
rest beside him.
Worchel School, Seif Township,
Clark County, Wisconsin