Biography of Francis A. Seufert
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Francis A. Seufert, one of the captains of industry in central Oregon and a resident of The Dallies for about forty years, has done much for the advancement and growth of the city which will perpetuate his name for many generations to come. He has succeeded in establishing by his own unaided efforts, a plant, which under his guidance and skill, has grown from a small canning industry to a business whose output averages more than thirty thousand cases per annnum, having a value of more than one half million dollars, and giving employment to one hundred and twenty persons.

Mr. Seufert is a native of the Empire state, born in the city of New York on January 15, 1853, a son of John and Mary (Schwab) Seufert. He was educated in the grade schools of New York, and on starting out for himself, took up the trade of a butcher and continued in that line until 1880, when he moved to Oregon and settled in The Dallies, where he set up a butcher shop. Being a far sighted business man he immediately saw the value of the Columbia River salmon and in 1884 he established a small packing plant on the upper Columbia river, three miles east of The Dallies.

To Mr. Seufert belongs the honor and credit of having shipped the first carload of fresh salmon to New York. From modest beginnings the cannery gradually expanded until it has reached its present mammoth proportions, covering several acres and turning out each year from twenty five to forty thousand cases. In addition to the canning industry, he is the owner of an orchard containing seventeen acres, adjoining the cannery, on which he produces Royal Anne cherries and peaches, which are canned in a special department of the plant, and for which he finds a ready market. The entire premises are equipped with the latest improvd machinery and appliances, and the plant was built with a view to sanitation and cleanliness. The present cannery represents an invested capital of seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars and is the most important industry on the upper Columbia.

Mr. Seufert has devoted all his time and energy to the conduct of the business, only once having been induced to accept public office. The gambling element having taken possession of The Dallies he was called upon to accept the office of mayor on a clean up ticket and was elected by a huge majority. Knowing that Mr. Seufert was a man of determination the gambling fraternity did not wait to be driven out but packed up and left the city. This riddance of an undesirable class stands to Mr. Seufert's credit, the exodus of the gamblers was complete none remained.

In 1876 Mr. Seufert was united in marriage to Miss Anna Isabel Shick, a daughter of John Shtick of Rochester, New York. Mr. and Mrs. Seufert are the parents of the following surviving children: Arthur, who manages the canning plant and is one of the best known of the younger business men of The Dalles; Mrs. Lilly Rice of Portland; Frank A., William J., and Edward J., the latter three having residence in The Dallies. While maintaining his residence in The Dalles Mr. Seufert also has a home in Portland, the magnitude of his business necessitating the spending of a large portion of his time in that city. His prime interest, however, is none the less with the fortunes of the city where he first settled on coming to Oregon, and no enterprise intended for the advancement of The Dallies ever finds him lacking in support. Hem is one of the incorporators of the Wasco Warehouse and Milling Company, another large Dallies industry.

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


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