Kelsey, Charles L., was born in Indiana, July 26, 1858, but had his initial business experience in Detroit, where he worked for W. E. Tunison in the stationery business six months and then learned the candy trade. He was next assistant bookkeeper for a ship chandler, and in the fall of 1878 went to Arkansas as a bookkeeper in the real estate business. He shortly afterwards purchased the business and conducted it until the fall of 1883, when he was appointed government special agent of the interior to look after fraudulent land claims. He held this position until the spring of 1886 when he resigned and purchased a saw mill in Oregon, which he ran one year, when he sold out and came east. In 1887 he went into the lumber business in Detroit with his father, who had extensive timber lands in Michigan and was connected with that enterprise until he came to North Tonawanda in 1896 to establish his present business, that of dealer in Washington red cedar shingles and lumber. Mr. Kelsey married Emma Wilshire, who died in 1887, leaving one son, Charles L. Mr. Kelsey is a member of the Elks and Knights of Pythias.
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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