Niagara County

1897 Biography - Joseph W. Willis

Willis, Joseph W., was born in Gloucestershire, England, March 4, 1833, a son of the late Joseph Willis. He was educated in the public schools of his native place and immigrated to America in 1858, settling in Boston, Mass., where he remained until 1852, at which time he removed to Niagara Falls, N. Y., and took up the business of miller, at which he had served his apprenticeship in England and was made superintendent of the Niagara Rapids Mills at Suspension Bridge and still serves in that capacity. In 1857 Mr. Willis married Elizabeth Harmer and they had seven children. Mrs. Willis died in 1892. Mr. Willis is a member of Niagara Lodge No. 81, I. O. O. F., and of the Knights of Honor of Niagara Falls and is alderman from the Fourth ward, elected in March, 1896.

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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