Niagara County

1897 Biography - W. H. Woolworth

Woolworth, W. H., was born in Longmeadow, Mass., a son of William and Nancy (French) Woolworth. His parents removed to Vermont when he was one year old, where they resided seven years on a farm and later returned to Massachusetts, where the family made a permanent residence. W. H. Woolworth, at the age of nineteen years, learned the trade of carriage and wagon maker, which he pursued for several years in different places in the east, when he came to Central New York and engaged in various mechanical pursuits, also in fruit preserving. Subsequently he became interested in the manufacture of tableware, silver plating, etc. He removed to Niagara Falls in 1882, and after living there about ten years bought a farm on the lower Niagara River, two miles south of Youngstown, where he has a summer residence. He was married in 1847 to Emma Campbell of Vermont. His wife died, leaving two children, Helen (deceased) and Arabelle, now Mrs. M. J. Newhouse. He afterward married Caroline A. Macknet. They had one son, Felix M. Woolworth, teller of Electric City Bank, who married Morelli Kingsley of Glens Falls, N. Y. Their children are Howard, Chester and Richard. The Woolworth family is an old American one, dating back to 1678, when Richard Woolworth came to America and settled in New England.

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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