Niagara County

1897 Biography - Gayton H. Swan

Swan, Gayton H., was born at Niagara Falls, N. Y., March 4, 1859, a son of Frank W. Swan, for the past thirty-five years a trusted agent and messenger for the American Express Company. Gayton H. Swan attended the public schools of his native town until ten years of age, when he began his business career selling newspapers. At the age of fifteen he entered the employ of L. & S. Colt, hardware merchants. at Niagara Falls, and served that firm for three years; later he was employed by Phillips& Co. in the same business and still later was with Nice & Hinkey, at Tonawanda, N. Y., for one year. In 1880 he was appointed superintendent of the City Water Works at Niagara Falls and retained that position until 1884, when he entered the employ of George Haeberle, lumber dealer, and remained until 1886. In that year he established himself in the plumbing and tinning business, which he has successfully carried on ever since. August 21, 1881, Mr. Swan married Minnie, a daughter of his former employer, George Haeberle, and they have four children: Frank W., Lottie C., Hilda and Edna. Mr. Swan was for two years a trustee of the village of Niagara Falls and is a member of Niagara Lodge No. 81, I. O. O. F., of Niagara Falls. He is a man of strict integrity and business tact and is highly respected by all who know him.

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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