Niagara County

1897 Biography - Walter P. Horne

Horne, Hon. Walter P., was born at Boston, Mass., April 20, 1849, and is a son of John Horne (deceased). Mr. Horne was educated in the public schools of Boston and at the age of sixteen came to Suspension Bridge and found employment in the stock yards of the New York Central Railroad Company at that place, where he remained for two years, at which time his cousin, George E. Brock, persuaded him to leave the stock yards and help him in his meat market. He remained with Mr. Brock until 1871, when he launched out into the flour and feed business as his own master, and carried that business on successfully until the spring of 1872, when he returned to Boston, thence in 1874 to Suspension Bridge, and assumed the management of Atwood's Western Hotel. He continued there until 1883, and upon the death of the proprietor he purchased the hotel, remodeled and refurnished it and has operated it successfully ever since. In 1896 he purchased a half interest in the Lockport Union Sun Publishing Company, which he still retains. On April 15, 1893, he was appointed postmaster at Suspension Bridge, and on June 15, 1894, was given a new commission embracing Suspension Bridge and Niagara Falls, as postmaster, which position he now holds. Mr. Horne is vice-president of the Buffalo and Niagara Falls Electric Light and Power Company and a director of the Bank of Suspension Bridge. He has been president of the School Board of Suspension Bridge, president of the Board of Water Works, member of the Board of Trustees of the village and was a member of the Legislature from 1885 to 1886.

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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