Niagara County

1897 Biography - James Gillespie

Gillespie, James, Wheatfield, was born at St. Catherines, Ontario, and came to North Tonawanda when twenty-one years of age. In 1879 he embarked in the lumber business in the firm of Plumsted, Gillespie & Hines; this firm continued ten years, and for a few months in 1889 it was Plumsted & Gillespie. On May 1, 1893, Mr. Gillespie became associated with Mr. W. E. Kelsey in the firm of Kelsey & Gillespie, which is to-day one of the leading lumber firms of North Tonawanda. Mr. Gillespie was trustee of North Tonawanda from 1891 to 1895 and is a member of the Masonic fraternity, the Foresters and the A. O. U. W.; he is past master in the Workmen and past chief ranger in the Foresters. In 1880 he married Ellen C. Scott, and they have six children: William, James, George, Etta, Ada and Rhea. While Mr. Gillespie was chairman of the sewer and finance committees in North Tonawanda, the first paving of streets was done and many other important improvements carried out.

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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