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abilities which Buffalo could give ; and the inevitable




FRAXK BRUNDAGE



happened. When he was barely thirty-five he had
received about all that there was to get through
politics in his profession. The prospect was bright
for promotion in the same lines, but another kind



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of success was infinitely more attractive to him.
He decided that, having tried both, he preferred
the private to the public station ; and he enrolled
himself in the exceedingly small class of office-
holders who have resigned. Subsequent events
show that he has not repented his decision, for




FREDERICK HALLER

though temptations have been offered to him he has
steadfastly declined to be a candidate for anything.

Frank Brundage, lawyer, of Buffalo, has had
about what he desired when he left Lockport. He
has practiced law under the most favorable auspices,
and with a goodly measure of success. Before he
moved to Buffalo he was engaged as counsel in the
Lyon case, growing out of the Bork treasury mat-
ters ; and succeeded in reversing the conviction in
the Court of Appeals after having been defeated in
all the other courts. There were not many big
cases in Buffalo during the eight years of his con-
nection with the firm of Bissell, Sicard, Brundage
& liissell in which he did not make an appearance
at some stage of the proceedings. He has had



leisure to travel, and to enjoy the society of his
friends ; he has been able to exercise his ardent
Republicanism by making campaign speeches with-
out recompense ; and, in short, he has found life as
a whole well worth living. The only serious cause
for complaint that he has had against fortune was a
prolonged and severe attack of ill health,
the result of an accident. In 1894 this
necessitated his withdrawal from the
practice of his profession. However, he
has recovered his health completely, and
since 1895 has been in active practice as
the senior member of the firm of Brun-
dage & Dudley.

PERSONAL CHRONOLOGY -
Frank Brundage was born at Allen,
Allegany county, N. Y., January 4>
1S47 ; completed his education at Friend-
ship (N. Y.) Academy: was admitted to
the bar at Albany in December, 1868 ;
practiced law at Angelica, N. Y., 1869-
72 ; married Ella S. Brown of Angelica
Februarv 15, 187 1 ; mured to Lockpio t,
N. Y., in October, 1872, and resided
there until 1883 ; was district attorney of
Niagara county, 187577, and county
jiii/ge, 1879-83 ; moved to Buffalo in Feb-
ruarv, 1883, and //as practiced law there
since.



ffre&encfe fmllcr was bom in

Augusta, Ga., two years before the out-
break of the Civil War. Becoming an
orphan during infancy, he was brought
up by relatives. He began to go to
school at the age of six, and continued
to obtain instruction in fundamental
subjects until he was twelve years old.
By that time his people felt unable to
provide further education, and he was indentured
for a term of three years as an apprentice to a cigar
manufacturer at Savannah, (la. This was not the
most ideal method of attaining distinction in the
law, but Mr. Haller's career shows that such an end
may sometimes follow this beginning.

Serving out the prescribed time, and devoting
himself diligently to all parts of his work, Mr.
Haller learned the cigar maker's trade from A to Z.
Passing mention may be made of his fortunate escape
from yellow fever during the epidemic of 1876 at
Savannah. In 1880 he left the Empire State of the
South, determined to seek the larger opportunities
of metropolitan life. Taking up his residence in
New York city, accordingly, about the time he



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became of age, he worked at his trade there for the
next eight years. The cigar makers of New York
have frequently been at odds with their employers,
and Mr. Haller, who soon became a leader among
his fellow-workmen, was a strong force on the side
of the employees. In all controversies he was con-
servative and wise in his counsels and leadership.

In 1888 Mr. Haller left New York and betook
himself to Buffalo. He carried with him the tools
of his trade, and soon found work. He had been
in Buffalo only a few months, however, when he
made a radical departure from his previous vocation.
At the suggestion of Tracy C. Becker, a prominent
attorney of Buffalo, who had become interested in
Mr. Haller, the latter resolved to study law. This
decision was not so strange as it might appear, since
Mr. Haller had been for years a persistent reader
and student on a small scale. While liv-
ing in New York he visited the Cooper
Institute frequently, and attended the
lectures at that institution. Entering
the Buffalo Law School in the fall of
1888, he pursued his studies with great
energy. His rapid progress, indeed,
was remarkable, when the adverse con-
ditions under which he labored are taken
into account. Not only was he some-
what handicapped at the beginning by
reason of inadequate preparation, but he
was also obliged, in order to support
himself and family, to work at his trade
while attending the law school. All
these difficulties were happily overcome
at last, and he obtained the degree of
Bachelor of Laws in 1890.

Admitted to the bar at Buffalo in [line,
1891, Mr. Haller began practice at once.
His first partnership was formed in that
year with James C. Fullerton, with whom
he continued to be associated until Jan-
uary 1, 1894. After practicing alone
for sixteen months, Mr. Haller formed a
partnership with L. P. Hancock, under
the firm name of Haller & Hancock.
This association still exists. Mr. Haller
has already established a substantial prac-
tice, and attained an excellent position
at the bar of Buffalo. His capacity in
the law was recognized in January,
189(), when he was appointed one of
the assistant district attorneys of Erie county.

PERSONA L CHR ONOLOG Y Frederick
Haller was born at Augusta, Ga. , April 8, 185.9 ;
was educated in common schools ; learned tlie ci^ar



r' s trade and worked at the same, in Savan/ia/i,
Ga., ami in New York city, 1871-88 ; married Anna
Zeip of New York city May 7, 1884 ' studied law,
and was admitted to the bar in 1891 ; has been assist-
ant district attorney of Erie county since January 1,
18 9G ; has practiced law in Buffalo since 1891.



SiblCV? fWbbell is one of the best-
known men in Buffalo and in western New York,
although he is barely forty years old. Newspaper
men and public officials are necessarily much in the
public eye, and he has already won distinction in
both lines of activity.

Mr. Hubbell was born in Buffalo, where his father,
John Hubbell, was city attorney in 1854-55, and
was otherwise prominent as lawyer and citizen for
many years. Mark Hubbell's education, begun in




M.tKK SIB LEY HUBBELL



Buffalo schools, was completed at military academies
in Montrose and Newark, N. J. ; and he then
entered the office of Bangs, Sedgwick & North of
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following his father's profession. After due prepa-
ration he was admitted to the bar in 1878, and prac-
ticed for about a year in his father's office in
Buffalo ; but at the end of that time he determined
to yield to his strong predilection for journalism and
a literary career.

Mr. Hubbell's first work in the newspaper world
was for the Buffalo Express, and it soon became
evident that he had acted wisely in changing his
profession. Before long an opportunity offered to
go to New York, and he spent four years there in
the service of the Times and the World. These
great dailies proved an excellent training school for
the young journalist, and he profited much by the
experience gained there. After making a trip
around the world, via Australia and the Orient, he
returned to Buffalo in 1883, and took a position
with the Buffalo Courier. Later he acted as manag-
ing editor of the Buffalo Times for two years, and
then served on the staff of the News for six years.
Buffalo readers do not need to be told of his work
during this time. His natural ability, cultivated
and enriched by extensive travel and accurate obser-
vation, gave him a foremost place among local edi-
torial writers. His descriptive style was easy, yet
vivid ; his political articles were keen and discrimi-
nating ; but the work for which he is best known is
his poetry. Here his talent for satire had full play,
though he could be also pathetic at times ; and these
verses, treating in his own inimitable style the
topics of the day, whether of local or more extended
interest, did much to influence popular opinion on
many important questions.

The change from journalism to the work of a city
official is a radical one in some respects, but Mr.
Hubbell has acquitted himself with equal credit in
the latter calling. Elected city clerk for the year
1*!U, he has been re-elected each succeeding year,
and is now serving his fourth term in that capacity.
These continued re-elections sufficiently attest the
fact that he has discharged the duties of the office
to the complete satisfaction of the common council
and of the public generally. He has done much to
systematize the working of his department, and has
compiled an excellent "Manual" of the city
government. He has also prepared and published a
unique and most serviceable annotated edition of
the " Charter and Ordinances."

Mr. Hubbell's connections with the social life of
Buffalo are many and varied. He is a Mason, be-
longing to Ancient Landmark Lodge, No. 441, F.
& A. M. ; and a member of the Orpheus Society,
the Buffalo Historical Society, the Buffalo Repub-
lican League, the Press Club, and the Ellicott



Club. His gifts as a writer and public officer, and
his ardent devotion to the prosperity of Buffalo,
have given him a large circle of friends and acquaint-
ances.

PERSONAL CHRONOLOGY Mark Sib-
ley Hubbell was born at Buffalo Februar\ 5, 1857 ;
was educated in Buffalo schools, and in New Jersey
militar\ academies ; was admitted to tiic bar in 1878,
and practiced law a short time ; married Elizabetli /.
Oliver of Buffalo January 3, 1SS3 ; was connected
with various newspapers in New York and Buffalo,
1882-94 ; has been city clerk of Buffalo since ftinu-
ary 1, 1894.



e E. /IfoattbCWS, editor of the Buffalo
Express and president of the Matthews-Northrup
Co., is following closely the course mapped out for
him by nature. He is the son of a distinguished
editor and printer, and his career has been the
natural result of inheritance and surroundings.

Mr. Matthews was born in Westfield, Chautauqua
county, at his mother's old home ; but his parents
lived in Buffalo at the time, and he may fairly be
regarded as a Buffalonian from first to last. His
education was obtained there, in private schools,
until he was sixteen years old. He was ready to
enter college then, but his parents thought him too
young to get the full benefit of a college course.
For two years, therefore, he gave up school life,
and devoted himself partly to travel and partly to
learning the rudiments of the printer's trade as
typesetter, copyholder, and proofreader. His father,
]. N. Matthews, was at that time editor of the
Buffalo Commercial Advertiser, and part owner of
the large printing plant connected therewith ; and
in that establishment Mr. Matthews, while waiting
for time to catch up with him before entering
college, laid the foundations of his knowledge of
the printing and publishing business. By the fall
of 1873 he was rather more than eighteen years old,
and was ready to go on with his education. Enter-
ing Yale, accordingly, with the class of '77, he
received in due course the Bachelor of Arts degree.

In January, 1878, J. N. Matthews became editor
and proprietor of the Buffalo Express, and his son
entered the service of the paper in the business
department. At first only a clerk behind the
counter of the public office, he soon rose to more
responsible stations, and ultimately held the position
of business manager for several years. He also
filled various places on the staff of writers, as
occasional vacancies made opportunity for such
experience. He was telegraph editor for a time,
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357



for three years, thus obtaining adequate training for
his present work of editor in chief. In the printing
business, likewise, Mr. Matthews served a long and
wholesome apprenticeship. He was correspondence
clerk in the old house of Matthews Bros.
& Bryant, had charge of various depart-
ments in the establishment of Matthews,
Northrup & Co. , and finally became
treasurer of the latter concern. He has
always been interested in the various arts
of typography, and has a comprehensive
general knowledge of the subject.

The death of J. N. Matthews in De-
cember, 1888, charged his son with the
responsibility of managing both the Buf-
falo Express and the printing business ;
and since then Mr. Matthews has been
editor of the paper and president of the
Matthews-Northrup Co. As an editor
he has obtained generous commendation
lor independence, sympathy with all
movements promoting good government,
and consistent and unyielding opposition
to "machine" politics. Whatever else
has been said of the Buffalo Express, no
one has ever seriously thought that it
could be frightened off or bought off.
Its editor's birth synchronized with the
birth of the Republican party, and Mr.
Matthews has always been a strong sup-
porter of Republican doctrines. He has
never been a candidate for public office,
but his duties as an editor have made
him conversant with some of the discom-
forts, as well as some of the pleasures,
connected with a public position.

The life of Mr. Matthews has been
devoted so exclusively to the business of printing
and newspaper making, that it has been fortunate
for him that his relations with those having similar
interests have always had a strong infusion of friend-
ship. He has been for several years president of
the Buffalo Typothetae, and of the Buffalo News-
paper Publishers' Association. He is a member,
though not a very active one, of almost all the
leading clubs and many of the associations of
Buffalo.

PERSONAL CHRONOLOGY George
Edward Matthews was born at Westfield, N. Y.,
March 17, 185~) ; prepared far college in private
schools at Buffalo, and graduated from Yale College
with the class of 1877 : held various positions in the
business a>id editorial departments of tlic Buffalo
' ' Express, ' ' and witli the printing establishment of



Matthews, Northrup & Co., 1878-88; married Mary
Elisabeth Burrows of Buffalo July 12, 1887 ; has
been editor of the Buffalo ' ' Express, ' ' and president
of the Matthews-Northrup Co., since [anuarv 1, 1889.




GEORGE E. MATTHEWS

ttomar TReinecfee, editor of the Buffalo

Ereie Prcssc, was born somewhat more than fifty
years ago in the German principality of Schwarzburg-
Sondershausen, near the romantic Harz mountains.
His early education was received in the schools of
his native land ; but in his twelfth year his parents
came to the new world and settled in Buffalo, and
the lad's studies were completed in the public-
schools of that city. His father was a printer by
trade, ingenious and possessed of the sturdy de-
termination that compels success. Two years after
arriving in Buffalo he started a printing office, with
a capital of 880 and no credit, and with a press
built by himself of wood and iron. This machine
bore more resemblance to the early inventions of
Gutenberg than to the sextuple press of a modern
newspaper office ; but it served the purposes of its



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maker so well that when he died a dozen years later
he left his son a substantial business, which included
the publication of a weekly German newspaper, the
Buffalo Freie Presse.

From the time the printing office was started,
Ottomar Reinecke had helped his father in the







OTTOMAR REINECKE

afternoons while attending school in the morning ;
and he soon left school altogether, and devoted his
whole time to the office. He was thus well qualified
to take charge of the business at his father's death
in 1866. The following year he formed a partner-
ship with Frank H. Zesch that has continued ever
since. Five years later George Baltz was admitted
to the firm, and the Frcie Presse became a daily
journal. This was in 1872, and for the past twenty-
five years the paper has held its place as the recog-
nized organ of the German Republicans of Buffalo,
and under Mr. Reinecke's able leadership has won
deserved success. Mr. Baltz retired from the IHIM-
nt>s after two years, and since then the firm of
Reinecke & Zesch have been the owners and pub-



lishers of the paper, and have carried on an extensive
job-printing business.

Mr. Reinecke is connected with various business
enterprises outside of his newspaper interests. He
has been for a number of years a director and stock-
holder in the Erie Fire Insurance Co., and holds a
similar position in the Citizens' Gas Co.
He is a member of the Buffalo Typothe-
tae, an association of employing printers
for business and social purposes. He is a
life member of the German Young Men's
Association and of the Buffalo Turn Ver-
ein, and belongs to the Saengerbund,
the second oldest singing society in the
city. In January, 1896, Mayor Jewett
appointed him one of the park commis-
sioners of Buffalo.

Mr. Reinecke is an enthusiastic natur-
alist, and has devoted his leisure time
for years to study and research in this
line. Beetles, butterflies, birds, and
birds' nests and eggs have interested him
particularly, and his collection of such
specimens is probably one of the largest
belonging to a private individual in the
United States. He has published a com-
plete list of local Coleoptera that is ex-
ceedingly valuable. He has taken great
interest in the Buffalo Society of Natural
Sciences ever since its organization in
1861, and has done much to enrich its
collections in the special subjects that
have received his attention.

PERSONAL CHRONOLOGY -
Ottomar Reinecke was born at Sonders-
hausen, Germany, November -20, 1840 ;
came to the United States in 1852 ; n'ii.<
educated in German schools and in Buffalo
public schools ; -worked for his father at the
printer's trade, 1854-66; married Era Engel of
Buffalo September 25, 1866 ; //as been a member of
the firm of Reinecke &* Zesch, job printers and pro-
prietors of the Buffalo " Freie Presse" since ISnl :
has been one of the park commissioners of Buffalo since
1896.

*

perrv? (Ibamplin IRevburn numbers among

his ancestors so many names famous in the early
history of our country that passing mention must be
made of them in any sketch of his own life.
Benedict Arnold, governor of Rhode Island in 1663,
Thomas Hazard, one of the founders of Newport in
the same state, Christopher Champlin, first Grand
Master of Masons there, and many revolutionary



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359



heroes and heroines are included in the list ; while
in the present century we find the Perry brothers,
Oliver Hazard and Matthew Calbraith, one of whom
won a signal victory over the English at Put-in bay
in the war of 1812, while the other commanded the
expedition to Japan in 1853 that opened to American
commerce the harbors of that inhospitable island
empire. Oliver Hazard Perry, it may be remem-
bered, announced his victory to General Harrison
in the words so often quoted, "We have met the
enemy, and they are ours. ' '

The subject of our present sketch has spent his
life thus far less than forty years in all in
Buffalo. He was educated in the public schools of
the city, leaving the high school at the age of seven-
teen to begin the study of law. The next four years
were passed in Buffalo law offices, at first with
Joseph V. Seaver and Brainard T. Ball,
and later with David F. Day and Frank
R. Perkins. At the end of that time
he was admitted to the bar at Rochester,
and began the practice of his profession
in Buffalo. After practicing alone for
some time he became a member of the
firm of Bullymore, Reyburn & Griffin in
March, 1890. When this association
was dissolved by an act of the legislature
that prohibited Mr. Griffin, as clerk of
the Surrogate's Court, from practicing
law, Mr. Reyburn continued his connec-
tion with Mr. Bullymore until the spring
of 1896. Since then he has practiced
alone. Mr. Reyburn has made a spe-
cialty of the settlement of estates, real-
estate titles, and mortgages ; and has had
charge of a number of important cases
and suits.

In religious, social, and fraternal cir-
cles Mr. Reyburn has long been promi-
nent and active. Left an orphan at the
age of eight years, he was brought up by
his grandfather, Gordon Bailey, a dea-
con in the Unitarian church ; and he
has attended that church from childhood,
working in the Sunday school for many
years as librarian and teacher. He was
for a long time a member of the Unity
Club of Buffalo, holding the office of
secretary and treasurer, and taking a
foremost part in the amateur theatrical
work of the club. He was a charter member of the
Buffalo City Guard Cadet Corps, organized in 1873.
Following in the steps of his early ancestor, he has
taken great interest in Masonry, in which he reached



the 32d degree when but twenty-three years of age.
In 1882 he joined Washington Lodge, No. 240,
F. & A. M., of which his grandfather had been
Master in 1854, and after ten years in the various
chairs was made Worshipful Master January 1, 1896.
He is also a member of Buffalo Chapter, No. 71,
R. A. M.; Hugh de Payens Commandery, No. 30,
K. T. ; Buffalo Consistory, A. A. S. R. ; and Ismailia
Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. He served
five years on the Masonic board of relief. He has
been for many years a member of the Buffalo Repuli
lican League, and belonged to the famous "306 "
organization in 1880. He has membership, also,
in the Buffalo Whist Club and in the Acacia Club.

PERSONAL CHRONOLOGY Perry
Champlin Reyburn was born at Buffalo September 10,
1859 ; was educated in public schools there ; studied




PERRY CHAMI>1.!.\ Kl'.Ylil'K\

law, and was admitted to the bar at Rochester Octo-
ber 8, 1880; married Ida A. Schneider of Buffalo
Januarv 30, 1895 : has practiced law in Buffalo
since 1880.



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(Beorge JB. TKHebster, well under forty, is

still classed among the young lawyers of Buffalo, but
he has already won success such as many men are
content to struggle a lifetime to secure. A. law-
student under President Cleveland when the Presi-
dent was still a Buffalo lawyer, Mr. Webster has




GEORGE B. U'EBSTER

retained a warm personal interest in the fortunes
of his old employer, and this has naturally impelled
him to take a prominent part in politics on the
Democratic side. His success as a lawyer, however,
is in no way dependent on his activity as a politician.
He stands high socially, as the kind of man that
other bright men like to know.

Mr. Webster's education was all obtained in
Buffalo, first in the Rev. J. F. Ernst's private school,
then in Public School No. 16, and afterward in the
Normal School and the Heathcote School. When
fourteen years old he closed his books, and set
about earning his own living. Having obtained a
situation in the treasurer's office of the Buffalo, New
York & Philadelphia railroad, he remained there till



he was sixteen years old, and was industrious and
faithful in the performance of all duties assigned to
him. Moreover, unlike many boys \vho go to work
at an early age, he did not regard the pleasure of
spending a salary from week to week as the only
object in earning it. He looked to the future, hus-
banding his resources, and thus was able,
at an earlier age than is possible in the
case of most self-dependent young men,
to prepare for the profession that he had
determined to make his life-work. After
spending somewhat more than a year in
the law office of Bowen, Rogers & Locke,
he entered the office of Bass, Cleveland
& Bissell, a firm that was destined to
give the city a mayor, the state a gov-
ernor, and the nation a president and a
postmaster-general. Mr. Webster was
admitted to the bar about a year and a
half after entering the service of the
firm, but he remained with it for three
years longer.

After Mr. Cleveland assumed the office
of governor, Mr. Webster was called to



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