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Wilfred Edson See (1861-1926)
Born in Lancaster, Canada, successful business in Bay City. man.

  • Added March, 2014.

    History of Saginaw and Bay Counties, Michigan - 1892


    The Saginaw Valley has in the past furnished many proofs of the fact that industry, energy and enterprise, combined with the exercise of sound business judgment, find here a fitting arena for their development, and bring compensation in prosperity and of times wealth. Among those who in Bay City are successfully carrying on a large enterprise is Mr. See, senior member and manager of the firm of W. E. See & Co., dealers in crockery, glassware, wall paper, etc. The firm conducts a wholesale and retail business, the most complete of its kind in the Valley, and occupies a fine building 125 x 30, and 30 x 30, the wholesale department being in the basement and storeroom.

    In their crockery department the firm carries everything from the most common ware to the very finest china, also bric-a-brac, lamps and glassware of the most beautiful designs. The Business is an old one, having been established twenty-five years ago and was purchased by the present firm from Albert Griswold, in March, 1891. From its inception the business has steadily increased in volume from year to year, while the accurate and reliable methods of the members of the firm, and their constant endeavors to give satisfaction to their customers have combined to give the establishment a popularity not exceeded by that of any firm in the Saginaw Valley. Mr. See uses great care in the selection of his stock so as to obtain at all times the best and latest wares, and his devotion to business has justly brought him merited success.

    As above indicated, Mr. See is one of the youngest business men in Bay City. He was born March 31, 1861, in Montreal, Canada, and passed his childhood years in his native city, receiving the rudiments of his education. At the age of nine years he accompanied his parents in their removal from Montreal and with them located in Bay City. Here his father, John C., whose vocation was that of a contractor, died in 1873. The mother still survives and makes her home in Bay City. Wilfred E. completed the education in the High School of this city and afterward engaged as book-keeper for Cooke & Co., merchants, with whom he remained eight years. In 1889 he embarked in business with C. H. Ueberroth, the firm name being Ueberroth & See, and the partnership continued until Mr. See commenced his present business.

    Mr. See is also a member of the firm of Harper, Heisner & Co., extensive furniture dealers of Bay City. In his social relations he is a member of Bay City Lodge, F. & A. M. September 9, 1883, he was united in marriage with Miss Amelia Degraw, of Bay City. In their religious sentiments Mr. and Mrs. See are consistent members of the Presbyterian Church and are liberal supporters of charitable measures. They have established a pleasant home in Bay City and are well known for their genial social qualities and kindliness of heart.

    Additional Notes:

      1880 - Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.
      See, Eliza - b. 1829, Canada, widow
      John A., son - b. 1855, Canada, store clerk
      James A., son - b. 1856, Canada, bookkeeper
      Mary E., dau - b. 1868, canada
      Wilfred E., son - b. 1860, Canada, bookkeeper

      1883 Michigan Marriages: Bay City, Mich.
      Date: Sep. 17, 1884.
      Groom: Wilfred E. See, age 23, b. Canada
      Bride: Amelia A. DeGraw, age 23, b. Mich.
      Official: James Reid, pastor.
      Witnesses: H. A. Muir of Morriston, NY and S. Bowers, of Bay County.

      1891 Bay City Directory.
      See, Wilfred E. (W.E. See & Co. and Harper, Heisner & Co.), bds 406 N Van Buren.
      W.E. See & Co. (Wilfred E. See, George Harper, John W. Heisner), Chinaware and Wall Paper, 317 Center Ave.

      1893 Directory: Bay City, Mich.
      See, Albert E. - clk Harper, Heisner & Co., res 510 13th
      See, Arthur J. - clk, Bds 220 N. Madson
      See, Bros (James A. and John A), Furniture, Upholstrey, Etc., 311-317 Center ave.
      See, Elizabeth - (wid John), res 402 Sherman.
      See, James A. - (See Bros), res 402 Sherman.
      See, John, - engr. City Electric Light Wks,res 220 N. Madison ave.
      See, John A. - (See Bros), res 601 N Farragut.
      See, Violet bds 510 13th.
      See Wilfred E. - (W E See & Co. and Harper, Heisner & Co) res 1700 6th st.
      See, Wm. A (Harper, Heisner & Co), res 521 N Farragut.
      See W E & Co. (Wilfred E See, John M. Widman), Chinaware and Wall Paper, 317 Center Ave and 807 Adams.

      1900 Census: Bay City, Mich.
      Haines, Alonzo b. Mar. 1861 Canada
      Louise T, wife b. Jun. 1854 Mich.
      See, Wilfred E. - b. Mar. 1861 Canada
      Amelia A, wife b. Sep. 1861 Mich.

      1910 Census: Syracuse, Onondaga, NY.
      See, Wilfred age 45, b. Canada
      Amelia, Wife age 48, b. Mich.

      1926 - Michigan Deaths: Bay City, Bay, Mich. Date: Apr. 10, 1926.
      Death of Wilfred Edson See, age 64, born in Lancaster, Canada, widow, son of John See and Liza Curry.

  • Reference Notes & Pages

    Related Pages:
    Ueberroth, C.M.
    Pine Ridge Cemetery
    People Referenced
    Bowers, S.
    Curry, Liza (mother)
    DeGraw, Amelia (wife)
    Haines, Alonzo
    Haines, Louise Mrs.
    Harper, George
    Heisner, John W.
    Muir, H.A.
    Reid, James
    See, Arthur J.
    See, James A. (bro)
    See, John (father)
    See, John A. (bro)
    See, Mary E. (sis)
    See, Violet
    See, Wilfred E. (subject)
    See, William A.
    Uberroth, C.H.
    Widman, John M.
    Subjects Referenced
    Bay City, MI
    City Electric Works
    Cooke & Co.
    Harper, Heisner & Co.
    Lancaster, Canada
    Morriston, NY
    Presbyterian Ch.
    Saginaw Valley
    uberotroth & See
    W.E. See & Co.
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