Eshelman, Samuel E., was born at Clarence Center, Erie county, July 6. 1839, a son of the late John Eshelman, a prosperous farmer of that section. Samuel Eshelman was educated in the public schools of his native town and in Cary Collegiate Seminary, and was graduated from that institution in 1855. He immediately entered the general store of his brother, John Eshelman, jr., as clerk, where he remained seven years, and then removed to Buffalo, where he was engaged as a clerk in a large dry goods establishment; in 1863 he removed to Niagara Falls, where he was placed in charge of the large flour and feed store of Witner Bros. and remained in that position nineteen years, when he established himself in the same line of business and in which he successfully operated until 1885, when he was elected justice of the peace and retained that office for eight years. He represented the town of Niagara in the Board of Supervisors for four years, being chairman of the board in 1881 and 1882. Among the public offices filled by him were those of village treasurer for four years, village trustee, member of the Board of Education and of the Board of Water Commissioners, and others. In 1896 he was appointed attendance officer of the city of Niagara Falls, which office he still holds. July 23, 1872, he married Harriet Metz of Niagara Falls, and they had six children.
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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