Are you aware a biography/family history of John Seel, Mondak, MT, is included in "Montana, Its Story and Biography", Vol 3, pages 894 & 895?Thought you might find it interesting.
John Seel was born, 11 Apr 1861, Saint Ingbert, Bavaria,son of John and Appolonia (Becker) Seel, both of Bavarian birth. They died at Saint Ingbert, and of their six children, only John and his younger brother, Jacob, came to the US.
John Seel was forced to give his military services to the German government, working in hospital services. He deserted and escaped to the US, sailing from Antwerp to Liverpool, then to Philadelphia, PA, on the "New Zealand". He made his way to visit an uncle in Kentucky, then to Cincinnati, OH, to find work. After a winter there, he joined the First Cavalry of the US Army and was sent to Fort Bidwell, OR, then to Walla Walla, WA, Fort Shaw, MT, Fort Assiniboine, MT, and Fort Buford, where he received his honorable discharge from the Army after his five years of service. For several years he worked for different cattle and horse outfits and established his own outfit in the valley adjacent to what is the present town of Sidney, where he remained for six years. He moved to the vicinity of Snowden, MT, and entered his homestead on the southside of the Missouri River, where he maintained ranch headquarters until he proved up and gained title to the land. He came to Mondak, MT, where he was a liveryman for four years. Later, he built a garage and went into the automobile business.
On 26 Apr 1897, Copenhagen, Denmark, John married Miss Olivia Hansen, daughter of Peter Hansen. She was the only child of that family to move to the US.
I am not related.I can forward a copy of the biography if you are interested.