Niagara County

1897 Biography - W. T. Gentle

Gentle, W. T., was born in Monroe county, N. Y., November 9, 1857, a son of Henry E. and Mary (Worboys) Gentle, natives of England. He was reared on a farm until ten years old and then went to Charlotte with his parents and was there educated at the union schools. At sixteen years of age he was weighmaster at the Rochester Iron Works for a short time, when his father died and he was made foreman, taking his father's place. He held that position for a short time when the works closed and in the following spring he went into a hotel at Greece, in partnership with John Piggott, where he remained nine years. He was assistant postmaster seven years and postmaster two years at Greece. He then worked at carpenter work one year in Kendall. In 1887 he married Franc E. Adams, and they had two children: Harry E. and Elton. In 1887 he learned the tinner's trade at North Parma, N. Y., with Z. W. J. Newcomb;in 1890 he came to Ransomville and engaged in the hardware business, buying out Samuel McCracken, and has since had a successful business. He is a Republican and takes an active part in politics; he was collector in the town of Greece and has been inspector in Porter for three years. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. and attends the Methodist Episcopal church. Mr. Gentle is a man of good habits, never using intoxicating drinks or tobacco in any form.

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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