Robertson, W. W., is a native of Putnam, Washington county, N. Y., born November 13, 1841, but resided in Troy, N. Y., the greater part of his life, prior to coming to North Tonawanda. He went into a planing mill when a young man, but left it in 1862 to enlist in the 11th N. Y. Independent Battery. This battery operated at first with the 3d Corps, Army of the Potomac, and afterward with the 2d Corps. Mr. Robertson participated 'in all the battles in which his battery was engaged. He was at Second Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, and all the operations on to Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House. After the war he went back to the mill and has followed this business ever since. In 1882 he came to North Tonawanda and the partnership of Robertson & Doebler was formed in 1888. They erected a planing mill on Tonawanda Island, where they dress on an average, 100 car loads of lumber per month, or about thirty one million feet annually, and give employment to fifty five men. In 1866 Mr. Robertson married Elizabeth Hawley and they have six children C. Frederick, Wallace Irving, Covert, James E., Nellie Hawley, and Carrie Elizabeth. In politics Mr. Robertson is a Republican. He and his family are members of the Methodist Episcopal church.
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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