Niagara County

1897 Biography - John Westra

Westra, John, was born in Holland in 1856, and came to America in 1881, settling in Wisconsin, where he remained for two and a half years, when he went to Michigan for a short time, thence to Buffalo and then to Lockport, where he remained two years, when he came to North Tonawanda and was railroading for three and a half years. He went into the milk business in 1888. Mr. Westra married Mary A. Kehoe of Lockport, and they have one son, John T. He is a member of the A. O. U. W., and noted as a public speaker, attracting attention by a speech he delivered on insurance at a meeting of the workmen in August, 1895. In the spring of 1896 he was nominated by the Democratic party for collector of North Tonawanda. Mr. Westra is a self-made man and has been a successful one.

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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