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However, when Leonard was offered the job, he hesitated. He thought Seeley’s offer of $ 200 per week and a 2% commission was too low. When Seeley offered $ 227 per week and 3% commission, Leonard agreed.

“Mr. Seeley was good to me and I loved the clothing business so I did really well,” Leonard said.

From the start Leonard really liked the products he was selling. The navy blue suit Leonard wore when he married in 1956 to his wife, Lila, came from Seeley Clothing.

“The Navy is still one of the best suits people use,” Leonard said.

By the mid-1960s Leonard had bought 20% of the company and in the 1970s he bought Mr. Seeley. After years of working together, the two were business partners and close friends. Before retiring, Mr. Seeley began to transfer more responsibilities to Leonard so that clients would feel comfortable and trust Leonard.

“He had some real tough clients, but I was able to take care of them,” Leonard said.

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Mark Bachman stands in Seeley’s clothes on Wednesday in Rapid City. Mark started working at 14 and continues to work there today with his father, Leonard.

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Leonard makes the same transition with his son, Mark, who started working at Seeley Clothing at the age of 14. About eight family members have been employed by Seeley Clothing at one point or another, Leonard said. Mark graduated from the University of South Dakota with a Business Administration degree and stayed at Seeley Clothing for 46 years.

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