Biography of Maurice W. Seitz
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MAURICE WILLIAM SEITZ
Oregon, with its imposing industrial and commercial activities, is constantly drawing to its borders men who are capable of taking leadership in connection with professional activities, men who recognize the opportunities here offered. Such an one is Maurice W. Seitz, who was born in Lockport, Illinois, January 7, 1882, and who in 1911 came to Portland, being at that time a young man of about twenty nine years. His father, William H. Seitz, was born in Will county, Illinois, September 19, 1854, and was married in Royalton, Michigan, in 1878, to Miss Mary A, Smoke, His death occurred in Benton Harbor, Michigan, April 2, 1919, while his wife passed away in the same city in 1903.

Maurice W. Seitz was reared in Benton Harbor, to which place his parents removed during his early boyhood. There he attended the public schools until graduated from the high school with the class of 1900, He afterward taught school for two years in Michigan and then resumed his studies, entering the University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor, from which he was graduated in 1905, on completion of a law course. The same year he was admitted to the bar and located for practice in Chicago, remaining for six years. The opportunities of the west attracted him, however, and in 1911 he came to Portland and has here since followed his profession. He has not confined his efforts entirely to the work of the courts but has become identified with various business interests, being now vice president and one of the directors of the firm of Gerlinger, Richards & Company, a director of the Seaborg Packing Company, secretary and treasurer of the States Auto & Truck Company, secretary and director of the Sherman County Light & Power Company and treasurer and director of the Washington Idaho Water, Light & Power Company,

On the 10th of October, 1906, in Benton Harbor, Michigan, Mr. Seitz was married to Miss Ina Rae, a daughter of August and Elizabeth Smith, Mr. Seitz belongs to the Wauna Lake Club. He is a thirty second degree Mason, a member of the Mystic Shrine, a Knight of Pythias, and his political allegiance is given to the republican party. During the war period he served on the legal advisory board and in other ways assisted in the promotion of those activities which resulted in the successful prosecution of the war. Since coming to the west he has made steady progress along professional and business lines, showing the wide utilization of his time, talents, and opportunities,

From:
History of Oregon Illistrated
Vol. 3
BY: Charles H. Carney
The Pioneer Historical Publishing Company
Chicago - Portland 1922


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