Biography of Frank Seither
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

FRANK SEITHER. Among the native born citizens of Cleveland none perhaps was better known than the late Frank Seither, banker and prominent in other directions, who spent practically all his long and busy life here, and through business sagacity and spirit of enterprise added greatly to the city's commercial prosperity.

Mr. Seither was born July 23, 1848, at Cleveland, Ohio, in a log house that stood on the corner of Wilson and Superior avenues, now East Fiftyfifth Street and Superior Avenue. He died at the residence on Bosworth Road which had been his home for the last thirty years. His parents were Leonard and Sibella (Wetengle) S either. Leonard Seither was born in Gennany, May 3, 1825, and had come to the United States in 1840, leaving his own land secretly because he was a man of peace and abhorred his country's military policy. He was landed at the Port of New Orleans, where he occupied himself variously for six months and then came to Cleveland, where, shortly afterward, he married Sibella Wetengle. She was born in 1826 in the same province as himself in Germany, and had come along to the United States, and her death occurred at Cleveland in 1888, he surviving until 1905. To Leonard and Sibella Seither the following children were born: Frank; Henry, who is a resident of Defiance, Ohio; Elizabeth, who is the widow of William Brooker; and Annie, who is the widow of Milton Haffner, both daughters residing now in California.

It is difficult for residents of Cleveland to think that within the memory of many of its citizens the territory adjacent to Wilson Avenue, now the heart of the city, was a belt of heavy timber, and it was there that Leonard Seither first provided for his necessities by chopping wood. In 1851, through industry and thrift, he had become able to invest in land, and bought fifteen acres in Brooklyn Township, Cuyahoga County, which was the nucleus of his fortune, for he kept on adding to and improving his property until, at the time of death, he owned a valuable, well improved farm of seventy acres.

Frank Seither grew up on the home farm and attended the district schools in boyhood. When twenty one years old he started out for himself as an agent, and for about ten years sold reapers and mowers to farmers all over Cuyahoga County. In 1879 he went into the business of manufacturing oleomargerine at Cleveland, a comparatively new enterprise, and prospered greatly for a time, the product having a wide sale. The profits of the business, however, fell away after the decision of the government in regard to artificial coloring, and, although Mr. Seither fought the decision in the courts, he finally retired and turned his attention to his many other business interests. One of these, the Star Baking Company, of which he was president and chairman of the board of directors at the time of his death, has been developed into one of the important business concerns of Cleveland. After closing out his oleomargerine business he moved the bakery to the plant on Clark, near West Twenty-fifth Street, where it has been expanded and is one of the best equipped and most modern baking plants in the country. Mr. Seither was a charter member, vice, president and chairman of the finance committee of what is now the. Pearl Street Savings and Trust Company, one of the largest banking institutions of the city. He was also vice president of the National Woolen Mills Company, also a corporation of strength and importance. He was vice president and director of the Becker Steamship Company and prominently identified with other large enterprises.

In 1869 Mr. Seither married Miss Sarah Tuttle, who was born at Cleveland, and died here in 1905. Her father, Jesse W. Tuttle, was a pioneer in Cuyahoga County, and settled on the farm in 1835 which Mr. Seither now owns. Mr. and Mrs. Seither became the parents of four children: Frank, who is secretary and treasurer of the Defiance Pressed Steel Company, Defiance, Ohio, married Ella Beauhope, and they have one daughter, Irene; Esther, who is the wife of Wilfred Singleton, now president and general manager of the Star Baking Company, and they have two Sons and one daughter; Eugene, who is president and manager of the Defiance Pressed Steel Company, married Clara Palmer; and Blanche, widow of George Clough, and who resides at Springfield, Massachusetts, where her two Sons are attending school.

Mr. Seither's second marriage, to Miss Anna Fisher, connected him with another of the old pioneer families of Cleveland. Mrs. Seither was born in this city, and her parents were John Leonard and Katherine (Meyer) Fisher. Her father was born in one of the agricultural provinces of Germany, in 1833, and died at Cleveland in 1912, and her mother, born in Germany in 1832, came alone to Cleveland in young womanhood, married here, and died in 1887. John Leonard Fisher was only three years old when brought to Cuyahoga County by his father, Jacob Fisher, and his grandfather, also Jacob Fisher. They were all buried in the old Erie Cemetery, which is now in the very heart of the business district of the city.

Frank Seither took no interest in social affairs, he never joined either lodge or club, nor was he known to attend any of these gatherings. His entire life was devoted to his family and to the organization and development of various business enterprises which stand today as monuments to his far sightedness and thrift. His remains now rest in Riverside Cemetery.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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