Ryan, Thomas, is a native of Ireland; he was born near the city of Tipperary in the year 1842. His father died during his early childhood. Sometime after the death of his father his mother sold her property, and immigrated with her boy and girl to this country in 1854 and settled in Lockport, N. Y., with her father and three brothers, who had come to this country several years previous. His first business experience after coming to this country was at the age of thirteen years, when he was employed as a clerk in the grocery business of Samuel Few, in whose employ he remained for six years; he was then apprenticed to the machinist trade and was employed at that business for several years. He was employed several years by James Richmond in the manufacture of grain cleaning machinery and bran dusters. After the death of James Richmond, over twenty years ago, the business was conducted for several years by William Richmond; when the present Richmond Manufacturing Company was incorporated under the laws of the State, Mr. Ryan was one of the stockholders, William Richmond, president. At the present time Mr. Ryan is superintendent and secretary, and William Richmond, president. The Richmond Manufacturing Co. is one of the largest and most widely known concerns in Western New York and gives employment to from thirty to sixty men, manufacturing grain cleaning machinery and bran dusters; their business extends all over the United States, Canada, South and Central America, England, Ireland, France, Germany, Russia, Turkey and Australia. Mr. Ryan was married in 1864 to Mary A., daughter of Samuel Millender, and they have two surviving children: George J., and William F. Their residence is at 47 Waterman street, Lockport, N. Y.
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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