Christgau, J. P., was born in Bavaria, Germany, September 29, 1844, and was brought to America by his parents John and Sophia (Adler) Christgau, in 1847. They settled in Buffalo for two years and then removed to Niagara county. J. P. Christgau lived on the farm until June 15, 1862, when he enlisted in Co. B, 8th N.Y. Heavy Artillery, and served until the close of the war. He participated in many battles and was twice wounded, first at Cold Harbor and again at Hatcher's Run, October 29, 1864. From this date he was in the hospital until February, when he again joined his regiment and was with it at the surrender of Lee; he was honorably discharged June 15, 1865. He is a member of Dudley Donnelly Post No. 133 Niagara Falls. May 16, 1867, he married Margaret Kohl, and they have ten children: Frederick J., George J., John M., Rosa, Reichert, Lizzie, Emma, Ida, Clara and Lillie. In 1889 Mr. Christgau embarked in the grocery business in North Tonawanda and is one of the representative merchants of the place. He is also an active Republican and has been assessor for three years. He is also connected with the Fairmount Cemetery and holds the office of vice-president, and is one of its directors.
Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897
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