Niagara County

1897 Biography - M. B. Williams

Williams, M. B., Wheatfield, was born in Tioga county, Pa., November 25, 1851, and was brought to North Tonawanda by his parents in 1852. In 1865 he went to Saginaw, Mich., with his father, who was in the lumber business. He attended college until twenty years of age, when he went into business with his father in the manufacture of shingles, and so continued until the spring of 1875, when he went to Kentucky and embarked in the saw mill business, operating in Lincoln and Pulaski counties until the spring of 1884, when he returned to North Tonawanda and engaged in the shingle business until the fall of 1888. He then went to Warren county. Pa., and entered the employ of Fred Smith & Co., lumbermen, where he remained two years, and then conducted the business alone until the spring of 1896, when he came to North Tonawanda and went into the coal business in the firm of Hempel & Williams. In 1873 Mr. Williams married Mary Babcock. His parents were James and Harriet Williams. His father came from Wales to this country in 1846 and was in business from 1848 to 1868, in the manufacture of shingles and in saw mill trade.

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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