Dobbie, John, was born at Thorold, Ontario, Canada, January 17, 1862, a son of the late Archibald Dobbie, who was a prominent manufacturer and machinist of that place. Mr. Dobbie was educated in the public schools of his native town and at the Hamilton (Ont.) Business College; at the age of sixteen he removed with his father to Buffalo, where he learned the machinist trade in his father's foundry, and followed that pursuit for eight years. From 1886 to 1887 he was engaged in a banking institution at Buffalo, at the end of which time he entered the employ of a manufacturer of heavy machinery, where he remained for five years. In 1892 he formed a partnership with his brother, A. J. Dobbie, and John Stuart, and built the present plant at Niagara Falls, where, under the firm name of Dobbie & Stewart, they successfully carried on the manufacture of machinery and machinist's implements until 1896, when the partnership of Dobbie & Stuart was dissolved and the Dobbie Foundry Company, of which John Dobbie is the president, was incorporated as a stock company, since which time the business has been controlled by that company. In September, 1889, Mr. Dobbie married Linnie I. Jones of Louisville, Ky., and they have one son, John C.
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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