Kelsey, W. E., was born in Indiana, but removed to Topeka, Kan., with his parents when seven years of age. They lived there nine years and then came east to Detroit, where he was engaged in the wool business until 1893, when he came to North Tonawanda and embarked in the lumber business as partner in the firm of Kelsey & Gillespie. They do a large wholesale business, handling about twenty million feet of lumber annually. Their plant occupies about four acres of ground and they employ an average force of about thirty men. In 1885 Mr. Kelsey married Julia C. Tannahill and they have two sons, Edward and Robert. His parents were Charles E. and Harriet (Mather) Kelsey, and Mr. Charles E. Kelsey has been a prominent lumber merchant of Detroit for many years.
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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