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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
George Adam Seib

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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 519-520 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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George Adam Seib, developing engineer of the Remington Typewriter Works in Ilion, New York, was born in Lambrecht, German Palatinate, on November 4, 1860, the only child of George and Christine (Muench) Seib. George Seib, a machinist by trade, was born in Germany in 1835 and came to America in 1872, settling in New York city, where he died in April, 1892. His wife was born in the neighboring village of Lambrecht, Germany, and died there in 1864.

George A. Seib came to America with his father when eleven years of age and received his education in the Tremont high school, New York city. He went to work at the age of sixteen years as an apprentice electrician and followed that trade for eighteen years. Twelve years of that time he was with the J. H. Bunell Company, then had charge of the experimental laboratories of the North American Phonograph Company for three years, after which time he went into business for himself, doing laboratory experimental work and manufacturing electrical appliances. In 1893 he closed out that line and accepted a position as superintendent of the Franklin Typewriter Company to remodel and build that machine and also establish the plant in Brooklyn, New York. He remained here until 1902, when he became superintendent of the Remington Typewriter Company, taking charge of the Densmore plant in Springfield, Massachusetts, until 1905, then was made superintendent of the Monarch plant in Syracuse, New York, where he remained three years. In 1908 he came to Ilion as superintendent of the Remington Typewriter Works, to manufacture visible machines, the first of which was put on the market in the fall of that year, and he is now developing engineer of that plant. In his early career Mr. Seib took out a number of patents in motor lines and in household articles and has over sixty typewriter patents to his credit.

In 1883 Mr. Seib was united in marriage to Esther Walters of New York city, who died four years later, leaving one daughter, Lillian, now Mrs. Henry Koelsch, of Flatbush, New York. Mr. Seib was married in 1892 to Miss Louise Pauline Olpp, who was born and educated in New York city. One daughter was born to this union; Florence Seib, who was graduated from the Ilion high school, Syracuse University and Utica Conservatory in both vocal and violin. Mrs. Seib is a member of the Eastern Star, of which she is P. D. D. G. M. and a member of the White Shrine of Utica; Calvary Shrine, No. 10; is past matron of Evening Star Chapter, No. 82, and Order of Amaranth, No. 17, of Utica. She is teacher of the Delta Alpha class in Sunday school, member of Women's Associated Hospital Board and of the Old Ladies Home Circle.

Mr. Seib is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers of the Mohawk Valley; the Engineers Club of Utica; the Engineers Club of Ilion; Ilion Lodge, No. 591, F. & A. M., and of the Chamber of Commerce. He was president of the board of trade of Ilion from 1912 to 1915 and took an active part in getting trolley service on Main street, and was also active in procuring the early construction of the concrete and asphalt road through Ilion Gorge to Cedarville, which is one of the attractions of the vicinity. Mr. Seib is president of the board of directors of Ilion Hospital and has been a member of the Municipal and Electric Light Commission since its establishment over ten years ago. He is also a member of the Ilion Housing Corporation. In politics he is a republican, and his church associations are with the Methodist Episcopal church of Ilion, of which he is a member of the official board. Mr. Seib is indeed an important factor in business circles in Ilion and his prosperity is well deserved.

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