French E. B., was born in the town of Ridgway, Orleans county, N. Y., January 17, 1859, a son of Nathan French, who came from Monroe county in 1849, and was always engaged in farming. He married Marietta, daughter of Allen Breed, and he died in 1869. E. B. French was educated in Medina and Lockport schools; his first business experience was in the employ of Oscar Wheedon of Medina, where he remained five years and then spent three years in Buffalo in the hardware business. In 1884 he came to Middleport and established his present business and to-day is carrying the largest and most complete stock of hardware, bicycles, stoves, etc., in his town; he also handles wagons, carriages and agricultural implements, and is a partner in the Royalton Door Co. ln 1888 he married Louise, daughter of Linus Spalding.
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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