1919 Elwood Co, IN newspaper ad on SELLERS KITCHEN CABINETS
Contributed by:
                  "Rosemary Evon" <>

             "Rosemary Evon"

I don't know why I didn't think of this sooner.  But I have posted the ad
that I bought on my website. Click on genealogy, Sellars, and scroll to
bottom , click where it says.


Subject: G. I. Sellers and Sons, kitchen cabinets

 Back in the mid-1970s, while using several sources in libraries Columbus
 Cincinnati, OH, I wrote the following about the kitchen cabinet company.

 Ira (George Ira) Sellers, b. in Howard Co., IN, d. 9-19-1909 in Elwood
 Madison Co., IN.  M. Rebecca Kellar.

 Son of Alfred P. and Mary Cole Sellers of Kokomo, Howard Co., IN.  One of
 three cofounders, with father and brother Will Sellers, of the Kokomo
 Furniture Manufacturing Co. in 1888.  When the Kokomo factory burned in
 he purchased the Elwood Furniture Company plant in Elwood, IN and began
 operations there in December 1905.  He operated it until his death under
 name G. I. Sellers and sons, manufacturers of kitchen cabinets, at 13th
 North Carolina Streets in Elwood.  At his death, his wife Rebecca Sellers
 became president of the company.  Their children were:
 1.  Ellena G., b.         , married James Parsons of Elwood, IN
 2.  Ida B., b.          , married Harry Hale of Fairfield, IN
 3.  Wilfred, b. 5-10-1884, married Marjorie F. Shoemaker of Elwood, IN
 4.  Mary E., b.        , married Henry Striker of Elwood, IN
 5.  Charles E., b.
 6.  George L., b.

born 11-28-1824 PREBLE CO, OH (proven how? history? civil war file?)
married 11-5-1849 MIAMI CO, IN

(Miami Co was made in 1832 from Cass Co)
and laid next to =
1850 MIAMI CO, IN=
JOHN SELLERS 60 KY (married Preble Co,Oh to Nancy Sellers)

1840 MIAMI CO, IN =
1840 CASS CO, IN =

1830 CASS CO, IN =
JOHN and JOSEPH SELLERS with sons born 1820/25

JOSEPH SELLERS died 1834 CASS CO, IN = Will and many court records=
ROBERT, dec'd
Don't Know if we have a Will/Estate on these sons of Joseph 1770/1834=
John and Joseph SELLERS which would prove their kids.
This JOSEPH SELLERS married 1790 Lincoln Co, KY to
Rachael SUMMERS who
died 1837 CASS CO, IN = URIAH BUZZER? Adm (No other info)
TO PREBLE CO, OHIO  and to CASS CO, IN ca 1832

FROM: Charlotte Sellers <>

Subject: Re: Sellars/CABINET MAKERS/IN

> Many years ago I did a little work, mostly from secondary sources, on
> G.I. Sellers & Sons, the kitchen cabinet-making company at Thirteenth
> & North Carolina streets in Elwood (Madison County), Indiana.
> I still use a Sellers kitchen cabinet (patented 31 Jan 1922) that was
> given to my parents (Mary Jane Bay & Charles E. Sellers, no known
> relation to the family in Elwood) for their 1922 wedding in Wells
> County, IN, and a Sellers kitchen table once used as a garage utility
> table in a house I bought in Brown County, IN.  Someday I would like
> to find one of the company's wooden filing cabinets to add to my
> "collection."
> The business closed in 1951, according to files at the Elwood Chamber
> of Commerce.  A "History & Business" typescript with 1938 written in
> the upper left corner (annual report?) says the Elwood business was an
> outgrowth of the Kokomo Furniture Manufacturing Company established by
> G.I. Sellers in 1892. The manufacturing building, ranging from one to
> four stories, burned after the closing.  Remains still were there in
> 1986.  The display building across the street was being used by
> another business.
> The Elwood Public Library had an undated sale bill picturing the
> Sellers family home, Longquest, of which the original gates and part
> of the fence plus a portion of the pond still existed in Forest Hills
> addition in 1986.  It was described as a "palatial paradise" less than
> four years old at time of the sale (late 1920s?), with sunken garden,
> japanese tea house, etc. etc.  I believe it probably was built for
> Wilfred?
> Several sources in Madison County told me they thought a history of
> the Sellers cabinet family had been written in 1949-50 and privately
> published.  I checked both the Elwood and Anderson (county seat)
> public libraries without finding the history but made a note that
> Anderson should be checked again since the person on the phone did not
> seem knowledgeable of the local history collection.  Having found no
> obvious connection to my Sellers family, I did no further searching on
> this line in census, etc.
> The Indiana State Library supplied some information.  Here's a summary
> of what I found that may be of interest to family historians:
> Madison County, Indiana W.P.A. index to 11 histories, atlases & other
> source books: index of names of persons and of firms / typed by Public
> Library of Fort Wayne and Allen County.  v2(L-Z). (1978). Knightstown,
> IN: The Bookmark.
> Sellers in the index: Alfred P., Alice, Betsey, Blaine H., Charles E.,
> Cora, Cynthia, Donald, Dorothy, Elizabeth, Ellena G., Rev. Elmer,
> Emma, Flora, Florida, G.I. & Sons, G.I. Co., George, George Ira,
> George L., Ida B., Isaac, James, John, Laurette E. (Morgan), Lewis,
> Lola (Enders), Lucille, Marjorie F. (Shoemaker), Martin, Mary, Mattie,
> Nelson, Paul M., Pollie, Rebecca (Kellar), Richard, Robert Jr., Rev.
> Robert Sr., Sallie, Samuel, Sarah T. (Pritchard), Susan Jane, Wilfred
> (2), William, Family.
> Sellars in the index: Bessie (McDole), G.I. & Sons, H.A., Homer A.,
> Isaac, Lovina.
> Seller in the index: Emil J.
> I have sources & pages where these names were found, if anyone needs
> specific citations.  The pieces should be available through
> interlibrary loan photocopies.
> ---
> Forkner, J.L., & Dyson, B.H. (1897)  Historical sketches and
> reminiscences of Madison County, Indiana microform.... Anderson, Ind.:
> J.L. Forkner.
> Wilfred Sellers, b. 10 May 1884 Kokomo (Howard County) IN s/o George
> I. & Rebecca Kellar Sellers; m. 21 Oct 1909 Marjorie F. Shoemaker, d/o
> William & Mary E. Young Shoemaker.  Wilfred & Mary had a daughter,
> Mary Rebecca, when the history was published in 1914.
> [Wilfred died of typhoid in 1924, according to an unverified 1982
> newspaper report on the Sellers firm.  I have additional if anyone is
> interested.  The report adds that "The benevolence of Sellers stopped
> after his (Wilfred's) death when the firm became a stockholders
> project."]
> George Ira Sellers specialized in stair building, got idea for
> manufacturing kitchen cabinets, started business in Kokomo 1888 with a
> work force growing from 25 to 130 skilled workers.  Fire destroyed the
> Kokomo plant & G.I. purchased the Elwood Furniture Company to which he
> moved his business in 1905.  He died 19 Sept 1909.  Rebecca succeeded
> him as president.
> Children of George Ira and Rebecca Kellar Sellers were Ellena G.
> Parsons, Elwood; Ida B. Hale, Fairfield; Wilfred; Mary E. Striker,
> Elwood; Charles E. Sellers, Fort Wayne; George L. Sellers, Kokomo.
> Rebecca Sellers, d/o William H. Kellar & the former Miss Garr of KY.
> He was native of Kentucky, early Howard County IN settler, operated
> sawmill & farmed.   Their children: Mary, Lewis, Hite, Edward, Kate,
> Charles, & Rebecca.
> George I. Sellers, s/o Alfred P. Sellers & Mary Cole. He was
> carpenter, early settler of Howard County & "the builder of the
> barracks at Kokomo."  Their children were Lewis, John, William, George
> Ira, Alice, Flora, Cora, Elizabeth, Mattie.
> ---
> I haven't tried to verify any of this...but hope it may help someone
> know where to start looking.  In a separate posting, I'm adding some
> miscellaneous Sellers info that may or may not be relevant to this.
> Charlotte Sellers <>
> My Sellers Family
> <>


I have the George Ira Sellers of Sellers cabinets in my database. I didn't
realize it until I went through it all, so many names. My web page hasn't
been up dated and doesn't have the info. Here's what I have:

1. Nathaniel Sellers, d. ca. 1795 in Garrard C., KY, m. ?

2. Joseph Sellers b. 1770 Cumberland Co., PA, d. 1834 Cass Co. IN, m.

2. John Scott Sellers b. abt. 1800 Bourbon Co., KY d. abt. 1866 Koscuisco
Co., IN, m. Nancy Sellers (cousin, she was the daughter of William Sellers
and granddaughter of Nathaniel Sellers #1)

3. Alfred Perry Sellers b. Nov. 28, 1824 Preble Co., OH, m. Mary Jane Cole.

4. Geroge Ira Sellers m. Rebecca Ellen Kellar

I descend from Nathaniel's brother Samuel, so these Sellers cabinet makers
are very distant cousins of mine. I will put together a more detailed list
children etc. and send them to the list soon.

Jim Sellars

           Wed, 6 Mar 2002 08:40:14 -0800
           "Sherry Balow" <>

OK Nancee...this isn't what you asked for, but my "contribution" for the
day.  Seems the name "Hoosier" came into being sometime around 1830.  Below
are a few examples of "how" it may have come into usage.  No mention of
kitchen cabinets.  :-)

When a visitor hailed a pioneer cabin in Indiana or knocked upon its door,
the settler would respond, "Who's yere?" And from this frequent response
Indiana became the "Who's yere" or Hoosier state. No one ever explained why
this was more typical of Indiana than of Illinois or Ohio.

Indiana rivermen were so spectacularly successful in trouncing or "hushing"
their adversaries in the brawling that was then common that they became
known as "hushers," and eventually Hoosiers.

There was once a contractor named Hoosier employed on the Louisville and
Portland Canal who preferred to hire laborers from Indiana. They were called
"Hoosier's men" and eventually all people from Indiana were called Hoosiers.

A theory attributed to Gov. Joseph Wright derived Hoosier from an Indian
word for corn, "hoosa." Indiana flatboatmen taking corn or maize to New
Orleans came to be known as "hoosa men" or Hoosiers. Unfortunately for this
theory, a search of Indian vocabularies by a careful student of linguistics
failed to reveal any such word for corn.

Quite as possible is a facetious explanation offered by "The Hoosier Poet,"
James Whitcomb Riley. He claimed that Hoosier originated in the pugnacious
habits of our early settlers. They were enthusiastic and vicious fighters
who gouged, scratched and bit off noses and ears. This was so common an
occurrence that a settler coming into a tavern the morning after a fight and
seeing an ear on the floor would touch it with his toe and casually ask,
"Whose ear?"

Many have inquired into the origin of Hoosier. But by all odds the most
serious student of the matter was Jacob Piatt Dunn, Jr., Indiana historian
and longtime secretary of the IHS. Dunn noted that "hoosier" was frequently
used in many parts of the South in the 19th century for woodsmen or rough
hill people. He traced the word back to "hoozer," in the Cumberland dialect
of England. This derives from the Anglo-Saxon word "hoo" meaning high or
hill. In the Cumberland dialect, the world "hoozer" meant anything unusually
large, presumably like a hill. It is not hard to see how this word was
attached to a hill dweller or highlander. Immigrants from Cumberland,
England, settled in the southern mountains (Cumberland Mountains, Cumberland
River, Cumberland Gap, etc.). Their descendents brought the name with them
when they settled in the hills of southern Indiana.

As Indiana writer Meredith Nicholson observed: "The origin of the term
'Hoosier' is not known with certainty. But certain it is that . . . Hoosiers
bear their nickname proudly."

see  for additional


           Wed, 6 Mar 2002 12:25:08 EST


I really enjoyed this article.
Seems the name "Hoosier" came into being sometime around 1830.   Below
are a few examples of "how" it may have come into usage.  No mention of
kitchen cabinets.  :-)

Other "Hoosier" dialect from some older ones, zink instead of sink, stirrer,
instead of pot or pan, archatech instead of architect. These are just some
that I can think of offhand. When I first came to Indiana, I noticed it a
more than I do now, or have become accustomed to it.
When I went to TN, I couldn't get used them saying they wanted a dope
of coke or soda pop, and poke instead of paper bag.
That's what makes the world so interesting and genealogy so fascinating.