Ustwald, William, was born in Germany, October 8, 1864, and landed in America in the spring of 1870, after a voyage begun in the latter part of 1869. His parents, who brought him to America, settled in St. Johnsburg, Niagara county, and he was reared on a farm in Wheatfield. Mr. Ostwald has been a carpenter since he was ten years of age, and eight years ago embarked in business as a contractor and builder. The growth and development of any community can always be accurately estimated by the building interests, and upon the contractor the value and permanence of a city's edifices depend; the builder is, therefore, a most important factor in every community and his work is inseparably interwoven into the history of the place. In the case of Mr. Ostwald this is peculiarly true, for he has built two churches in Gratwick, one of them St. Paul's German Lutheran church; a school house in Wheatfield, and is building the Parochial School at St. Johnsburg for the German Lutheran church, besides many substantial residences and mercantile buildings. His honorable business methods and upright dealings are also as well known as his ability and success as a builder. Mr. Ostwald is well known in both social and public life; he is a member and trustee of the German Lutheran church of Gratwick and also a member of the Y. M. C. A.; in the spring of 1897 he was elected a trustee of the village. In 1886 he married Augusta Stange, and they have a family of seven children: William, Walter, Arthur, Minnie, Freda, Martha and Amanda.
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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