Seth Frazier, a prominent citizen and a substantial business man of Eldorado, Kan., was born near Salem, Henry county, Iowa, Nov. 1, 1851. He is a son of Francis H. Frazier, who was one of the earliest settlers in Iowa, having located there prior to its organization as a territory. He removed to Iowa from Indiana, in which state he was born and reared, the descendant of a Colonial Quaker family from the East, who settled in Indiana at an early day.
Seth Frazier was reared on the Iowa farm and there assisted his father in the duties incident to that vocation. In 1880 he established a lumber and livery business at Delta, Keokuk county, Iowa, and was there engaged in that line of endeavor until the spring of 1886, when he came to Eldorado, Kan., which city has since remained his home. He established a coal business in Eldorado in connection with which he conducted a transfer and hack line, which enterprise proved a very profitable one. In 1905 he engaged in the retail lumber business, handling all kinds of builders' supplies. This also has proved a profitable venture. In connection with the interests mentioned above Mr. Frazier has also engaged in the banking business, having been with his brother, the late Nathan Frank Frazier, one of the organizers of the Citizens' State Bank of Eldorado and a director of the same since its organization. He has also been an extensive owner and dealer in western Kansas lands. See sketch of Nathan F. Frazier, Sr.
Mr. Frazier has been twice married. His first wife was Miss Rebecca Riesicker of Salem, Iowa, to whom he was married Dec. 12, 1874. She died in March, 1896. His second marriage occurred on Jan. 11, 1899, when Miss Clara Kilpatrick became his wife. She is a daughter of Alex Kilpatrick, a resident of St. Louis, Mo. To Mr. and Mrs. Frazier have been born two children: James S., born Feb. 18, 1900; and Frances, born March 23, 1907. In his business career Mr. Frazier, like his brother, the late Nathan Frank Frazier, the well known financier, carved his way to success through the sheer force of his own industry and ambition. When he began to work independently his only capital was a good business head, a pair of industrious hands and the will to do. He has won a distinctive success and well deserves representation among the strong and influential men of Kansas. He is a Republican in his political views and is an active worker in behalf of his party. During the twenty-five years that he has been a resident of Eldorado he has entered into the public life of the city and has shown a commendable interest in all that touches the general welfare of the community. Both as a business man and as a progressive, public spirited citizen he ranks among the most prominent in Eldorado. Mrs. Frazier is a member of the Presbyterian church and prominently participates in the social life of the city, being an active member of the different clubs and social organizations inaugurated for the promotion of the general good.Page 836 from volume III, part 2 of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.
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