Niagara County

1897 Biography - W. B. Kerr

Kerr, W. B., Wheatfield, was born in Cambria county, February 17, 1849. He began railroading when a youth, his first position being that of day watchman in a deep cut; he followed railroading for eighteen years advancing to the position of conductor. He then became connected with Carnegie Bros. for three years, when he went to the Isabelle Furnace at Sharpsburg, where he remained three and a half years. In 1890 he came to Tonawanda and took charge of the Iron Works, remodeling the entire plant, tearing down part of the old structures and erecting new. These works cover an area of twenty-six acres and give employment to 380 men. Mr. Kerr is a member of the Masonic fraternity and of the Royal Arcanum. In September, 1878, he married Lyde Thompson, and they have two children: Mary B. and W. T. Kerr. Mr. Kerr's parents were John K. and Mary (Blakely) Kerr. Mr. Kerr is one of the prominent and enterprising men of North Tonawanda.

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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