Niagara County

1897 Biography - Allan Herschell

Herschell, Allan, vice-president of the house of Armitage-Herschell Co., was born in Scotland, April 27, 1851, a son of John and Jessie Herschell, and came to America in 1870. He learned the trade of moulder in Arbroath, Scotland, and followed the same business for some years in this country, working in Buffalo, Toronto, Chicago and Boston. In 1873 he became a member of the company of Armitage, Herschell & Co., and in 1894 he made a trip over nearly all the eastern world for his house, visiting British India, France, Egypt, the British Isles and other parts; he also traveled over a great part of the United States and in both hemispheres introduced many of their machines. He was a charter member of Columbia Hook and Ladder Co., the first fire company organized in North Tonawanda, serving as its secretary for two years and president for one year. He was elected and served as trustee of North Tonawanda for three years; is a regular attendant and liberal contributor to the support of the Presbyterian church; is a member of the Masonic, Odd Fellows, and A. O. U. W. lodges, and is a thoroughly reliable and enterprising citizen in every way. In 1882 Mr. Herschell married Ida M. Spilman, and they have three children, Buela C., Raymond Le Roy and Margaret Caroline.

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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