OLDFIELD, SETH A., photographer, Springfield, Ill., August 12, 1873, a son of William Henry and Sarah (Trigg) Oldfield, both natives of England, the former born near Manchester and the latter near Sheffield, that country. The Oldfields are one of the older families of England, their genealogy being traceable as far back as 1600. William Henry Oldfield after coming to America first settled at Toronto, Canada, whence he came to Illinois, in occupation was a contractor and builder, and in 1880 removed to Wichita, Kan., where the family remained until his death in 1895.
Seth A. Oldfield received his education in the public schools of Wichita, Kan., and Lewis Academy. In early life he devoted his time largely to outdoor pursuits, and being able to handle a gun expertly, became an enthusiastic hunter, and now has a hunter's lodge on Quiver Lake, near Havana, Ill. He early turned his attention to photography, and having become an expert in that line, has traveled quite extensively over the United States in the prosecution of his profession in which he has won a high reputation. His business location is at 111½-113½ South Fifth Street, city of Springfield.
Mr. Oldfield was married July 26, 1903, to Miss Effie Grogan, daughter of Elijah Grogan, one of the older class of settlers in Springfield and a veteran of the Civil War. In religious faith Mr. Oldfield is a Presbyterian and member of the Presbyterian Church of Springfield, and in political views is a Democrat. A man of modest and retiring manner, he has established for himself a favorable reputation as a citizen and business man.