Niagara County

1897 Biography - George C. Herschell

Herschell, George C., has been a factor in the growth and development of North Tonawanda since 1872, and is prominent both in public and business life. He was born in Scotland. December 2, 1848, and came to America in 1869. He learned the trade of machinist in Scotland and pursued it both in the old country and the United States until 1873, when the firm of Armitage, Herschell & Co, was formed. He is treasurer of the Armitage-Herschell Co., which was incorporated in 1890, and has been extremely successful and which contributes in no small degree to the prosperity of the Twin Cities. Mr. Herschell is treasurer of the Board of Water Commissioners of North Tonawanda and has been since its organization; lie was one of the organizers of the Tonawanda Natural Gas Co, and is its treasurer. He is a prominent Republican and his voice is always influential in the councils of his party. Socially Mr. Herschell is a member of the Masonic fraternity and a member and trustee of the Presbyterian church. July 20, 1882, he married Charlotte B. Wilson of Buffalo, and they have four children: Jessie C., James W., Walter G. and Mary Esther. Mr. Herschell's parents were John and Jessie (Christie) Herschell, natives of Scotland, who came to America in 1870. Mr. John Herschell was for many, years a prosperous coal merchant and contractor in Scotland and was also engaged in business in this country for some years before retiring from active pursuits.

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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