Darrison, John T., ex-mayor of the city and one of Lockport's most respected citizens, was born in Lockport, N. Y., October 20, 1855. He was educated in the public schools of his native city and at an early age was apprenticed at the printer's trade and was employed on the Lockport Journal as a compositor for a short time. He next embarked in the flour, grain and seed business in a small way, and by hard work, economy and strict attention to business, has built up a trade that is a credit to the community in which he lives. Aside from his grain business he has interests in a number of enterprises, being a stockholder in the Thompson Milling Company, the United Indurated Fibre Company and other ventures of some importance. It is useless to say that Mr. Darrison is a very popular man, having been elected alderman in 1885, appointed supervisor in 1886, made a member of the Board of Health in 1889, civil service commissioner in 1890, elected mayor of the city in 1892, railroad commissioner in 1894, and school trustee in 1895. He has also been identified officially with the Niagara County Agricultural Society and many other local institutions. September 29, 1880, he married Laura A. Lambert and they have two children, Ralph L. and Miriam L. Personally Mr. Darrison is very social and enjoys the respect and confidence of all who know him.
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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