Francis Leland Seely was known as Jim Seely. His son James was known as "Jimmy." Then James also had a son "Jim," at which time James began to be called "Jim" and his son was called "Jimmy."
Francis Leland Seely and Grace Emily Thompson had 7 children: Kathryn Joyce Seely (1928-1971, known as Joyce; who married Lynn Thomas Richman), Glen McLain Seely (who married Jean Jamison), John Leland Seely (1932-2006, known as Lee; who married Muriel Martel [1934-1992]), Gwendolyn Seely (known as Gwen; who married Kenneth Joseph Goates), Karen Seely (who married Daryl Galloway), James Edward Seely (known as Jimmy or Jim; who married Ellie), and Richard Kent Seely (known as Kent; who married Mary). See the page for these children.
Francis Leland Seely's parents are Arta McLain Seely & Alfaretta Neff.
In 1912, when Jim was nine, his parents moved from East Mill Creek in Salt Lake to a ranch in Rosette in Park Valley, Utah.
When the Great Depression hit, they lost their farm in Park Valley and moved to Brigham City in December 1931. Jim did any work he could find. He got a job in the County Assessor's office for $2 a day; worked in the sugar factory in Blackfoot, Idaho; and then got a job at the sugar factory in Brigham.
In September 1934, they bought a home at 27 North 3rd West in Brigham City. Five rooms and two porches seemed like a mansion.
After Lee was born, Jim managed the service station for Associated Gasoline and Oil at 7th South Main and hauled gas from the bulk plant in Ogden to two stations in Brigham and a few other accounts. This was his start in the oil business. Within two years, he had the distributorship with Associated for himself and was supplying gas and oil to service stations, businesses, and homes. The Seely Oil Company had two gas stations. If Jim had a fault, it was his generosity and trust in people to the extent that they sometimes took advantage of his kindness. The much good he did for people was not generally known. Widows have found their heating supply tanks filled with oil and never a bill delivered.
On July 6, 1946, they bought land and a house on 7th south and Main, and Jim, being a talented carpenter, did much of the labor in constructing a motel, restaurant, and service station. The old block house was originally owned by Lorenzo Snow. Jim built an office on the front of the house, and the motel units behind (to the west). The family lived in the house and the whole family worked at the motel, cleaning, washing linens, and preparing rooms. Grace was quick to recognize the needs of people and often took in people who couldn't afford the motel room and gave them food and clothing.
When winter slowed the tourist business, Jim was busy with his oil and gas business. Grace took the orders for delivery of the oil and gas and received the payments for these bills. She used to say, “I am a secretary, a cabin maid, a motel manager, and a mother of seven children. Each is a full time job.” Grace was always busy and never stopped. She was a good manager. She spent thirteen years helping build up the motel and gas and oil business. She helped Jim plan and build a café, grocery store, and service station.
In 1959, he sold his Sinclair Refining Company distributorship, his bulk plant, and service station, truck, and equipment.
They purchased a lovely new home in the east section of Brigham City at 826 East 1st North. They hired a manager for the motel so that Grace and the children didn't have to do all the work.
In 1961, Jim began a career as a real estate salesman. Glen set up a real estate office in the motel lobby until he moved the operation to Granger. In 1962, Jim joined the Bon Realty Company.
He served two terms on the Brigham City Council, was president of the Lions Club, and president of the Box Elder Chamber of Commerce from 1960-61. He was also elected as the Box Elder County Commissioner. He was especially involved in water development and administration.
Francis Leland ("Jim") Seely died June 21, 1981 at age 78, in
Brigham City, Utah, and was buried in the Brigham City Cemetery. He
and Grace were married 54 years.
Francis Leland ("Jim") Seely died June 21, 1981 at age 78, in Brigham City, Utah, and was buried in the Brigham City Cemetery. He and Grace were married 54 years.
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