Niagara County

1897 Biography - I. J. Forbes King

King, I. J. Forbes, was born at Clockville, Madison county, N. Y., September 24, 1861, and is a son of Daniel H. King, who was for twenty-five years a hotel proprietor in the village of Clockville. Mr. King acquired a limited education from the public schools of Sanborn, Niagara county, where he worked at farming until he was thirteen years old, when he entered the Sanborn station of the New York Central Railroad Company, to study telegraphy. He perfected himself in all departments of railroad service, including freight, passenger, express and Western Union telegraphy. At the age of sixteen he was found competent to manage the business of the railroad company's office at Sanborn and frequently did so in the absence of the agent. In 1878 he came to Niagara Falls and entered the employ of the New York Central Railroad Company as night operator in the telegraph office, where after six months he was promoted to the position of day operator and of assistant manager of the Western Union Telegraph Company and New York Central Railroad ticket office. Later he became assistant manager of the Edison Telephone Company and was the first operator to speak over the telephone between Niagara Falls and Buffalo. In 1887 he formed a partnership with F. C. Belden in the business of real estate and ticket brokerage, resigning his position with the New York Central Railroad Company. Since January 23, 1896, when the partnership was dissolved, he has continued alone in the real estate and ticket brokerage business. He is a notary public and a member of the American Ticket Brokers' Association. Mr. King is a self-made man, highly respected by all who know him and a business man of the strictest integrity.

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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