Niagara County

1897 Biography - George P. Tower

Tower, George P., was born in Porter, N. Y., May 19, 1836, a son of Peter and Olive (Baldwin) Tower. He was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools and Wilson Academy; he is a farmer and fruit grower, having 231 acres and sixty acres of fruit. He was married in 1860 to Elizabeth Peet of Lewiston, and they had six children: Fred P., Sarah E., Cyrus Peet, Jennie Lind, Porter B. and Peter V. (twins). Mrs. Tower died in 1879 and in 1882 he married Mandama Woolson, widow of Orlando Holden, who died in Sherman, Texas, in 1880. Mr. Tower is a Republican in politics and has been deputy collector at Youngstown. He is a member of the A. O. U. W. Mr. Tower's father, Peter Tower, assisted in building the first grist mill at Niagara Falls and the first bridge across to Goat Island. Morgan wrote the secrets of Masonry while boarding with Mr. Tower in the house Luke Tower now resides in. He kept store in the house where his son Peter now lives for thirty-one years. He was poormaster for a number of years and highway commissioner, and was very kind to the poor; he also speculated considerably in land. For years he made all the coffins in this section of the country. The first town meeting was held at his house and the first school house outside of the village was on his land.

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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