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She was a remarkable woman in many ways, and
Mr. Jewell's great success in life was doubtless due




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in a large degree to the splendid intellectual and
moral qualities of his faithful wife.

Soon after his marriage Mr. Jewell left Ann
Arbor, and embarked in business on his own account
in Albion, Mich. He remained there for several
years, reaping as much success as could reasonably
be expected in so small a place. The inevitable
limitations of the town in a business way ultimately
caused Mr. Jewell lo seek Ihe larger opportunities of
a growing city ; and in October, 1S4!), accordingly,
he took up his residence in Buffalo. Setting up at
once a small manufa< luring plant, he turned all his
energy and wonderful power of application upon Ihe
enlerprise. For nearly forty years he gave himself
ui) to the business, until he had made it one of the



great industries of the country. Refrigeralors,
waler fillers, and a multitude of other household
utensils, have been distributed in enormous quanti-
lies over every parl of the L'nited Slales and of
some foreign lands, from the mammoth works of the
John C. Jewett Mfg. Co. Mr. Jewell, of course,
did nol build ihis magnificent commer-
cial structure without substantial assist-
ance no man could have done thai ;
but his was the dominating mind and
guiding hand for many years. His
sons, Edgar B. Jewell, Ihe presenl presi-
dent of Ihe company, and Frederick A.,
Ihe present treasurer, and his son-in-law,
Risley Tucker, the secretary of the com-
pany, have all grown up with the house,
and have had an important part in the
marvelous growth of Ihe business.

In January, 1886, after having worked
hard for many years loo hard for his
own physical good Mr. Jewell retired
from the aclive cares of business life.
In May of Ihe next year he received a
severe shock in the sudden dealh of his
beloved consort. This blow sapped his
declining strenglh, and for Ihe last few
years ill health has forced him to live in
Los Angeles, southern California. Un-
der the sunny skies of thai favored clime
he is quietly passing the closing years of
a useful and honorable life.

PERSONAL CHR ONOL OGY-
John Cotton Jewett was born at Moravia,
N. K, February ..', 1N.M : attended dis-
trict schools ; married Priscilla Boardman
of Ann Arbor, Mich., February 2, lS' r ! ;
engaged in business in Miclii^an, 1887
J f '.l : fs/,rM's/i,;/ in Buffalo in is.' t !> the
Inisinfss afterwards styled tlie John C.
Jewett Mfg. Co., and actively carried on the same
until IfiSii , has lived a retired life in southern Cali-
fornia since 1888.



one of the foremost citi/ens
of Hamburg, N. Y., and an able member of the
bar, was born in the town of Boston, Erie county,
in 1N41I. He received a better education lhan most
young men brought up in the country are able to
acquire. Attending first the common schools of
Hamburg, he there prepared himself for a course at
Aurora Academy, from which he graduated in 1 *?'_'.
This paved Ihe way for addilional training at Hamil-
ton College, from which he received Ihe degree of
A. 1!. in -1N7I5, and lhal of A. M. in 1,X7!. This



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thorough education along general lines was fol-
lowed by professional study ; and he was admitted
to the bar in 1881.

Long before this date Mr. Kelly had attained
marked success in a calling often made the gateway
to a legal career. After leaving college in 1876 he
obtained an appointment as instructor in Greek and
Latin at the Tarrytown Institute, and taught for the
next five years in the famous town by the Hudson.
He decided, however, not to make teaching his life-
work, but to practice law ; and with that end in
view he devoted much of his time during his resi-
dence in Tarrytown to legal study. After gaining
admission to the bar he thought it worth while to
teach a little longer, and thus acquire sufficient
capital to tide over the briefless period in almost
every lawyer's early experience. He became prin-
cipal of the Hamburg Academy, accord-
ingly, holding the position during the
school year 1882-88. The next year he
began the practice of law at Hamburg.

Mr. Kelly doubtless acted wisely in
changing his vocation, though he thereby
handicapped himself, so to speak, by
several years' delay in the race for legal
honors. He was thirty-five years old
when he began to practice law, whereas
the average attorney probably gets to
work nearly a decade earlier. Mr. Kelly,
however, was admirably equipped for
rapid progress when he finally opened
an office among people who had known
him all his life. Possessed of their good
will in advance, he soon built up a sub-
stantial clientage in Hamburg and the
surrounding country ; and he has long
enjoyed rather more than his share of the
legal business in his part of the county.
By the year 1890 he had his country
interests so well in hand that he resolved
to open an office in Buffalo, and carry
on a city practice in addition to his out-
side clientage. This plan worked suc-
cessfully, and since then Mr. Kelly has
transacted a large volume of legal busi-
ness through his offices in Buffalo and
Hamburg. He continues to live in the
latter town, but his professional work is
becoming more important in the larger
place.

Mr. Kelly is a Democrat in his way of looking at
political questions, and has long been prominent in
local public affairs. He has represented the town
of Hamburg on the Erie-county board of super-



visors for seven consecutive years ; and for three
years, 189092, he was chairman of the board.
Taking special interest in the cause of education, as
might be expected from his early career as a teacher,
he has done what he could to improve the school
service of his community. He belongs to the
Masonic order, and to similar fraternal associations.
He is a member of the Presbyterian church, and of
the Delta Kappa Epsilon college society.

PERSONAL CHR ONOL OGY Fayette Kelly
was born at Boston, N. Y., June 5, 1849; gradu-
ated from Aurora Academv in 1872, and from
Hamillon College, Clinton, N. Y. , in 1876 ; taught
school, 1876-83 ; was admitted to the bar in 1881 ;
married Katherine B. Keyes of Plamburg, N. Y.,
August 4, 1886 ; lias practiced law at Hamburg since
1884, <vtd at Buffalo since 1800.




FAYETTE KELLY



3-Obll %UU&, conductor of the Buffalo Sym-
phony Orchestra, and otherwise widely known in
western New York as a musician, was born in
Hamburg, (iermany, in October, 1859. He is



MEN OF NEW YORK \\~ESTEKN SECTION



commonly regarded as an out-and-out German, but is
not really so. Though he is a native of a German
state, speaks German fluently, and has in great
measure the ideas and instincts of the German
people, yet genealogical analysis reduces the pure
German clement of his blood to one quarter only.




JOH.\ Li'\n

His father was a Norwegian, while his mother was of
combined Russian and German descent.

Mr. Lund's father, who was a merchant, wished
his son to enter the legal profession : but the boy's
instinct, inclining him strongly in the direction of
music, had its way. His mother was a thorough
musician, and encouraged her son to indulge his
love of music. She became his first teacher, indeed,
when he began the study of the piano at the age of
six or seven. A few years later he became a pupil
of Dinckler, remaining with him for seven years.
Filtering Leipsic Conservatory at the age of seven-
teen, he there enjoyed the tuition of such men ;is
Reinecke, Wen/el, Oscar Paul, Tadassohn, and K.
F. Richter, the famous composer of text-books on



harmony. Mr. Lund graduated from Leipsic in
1880, having studied there the piano, violin, oboe,
and organ, as well as harmony, counterpoint, and
composition. Upon leaving the conservatory Mr.
Lund was appointed chorus master at the Opera
House in Bremen ; and two years later he was
advanced to the post of assistant conduc-
tor. In 1883 he went to Stettin as con-
ductor at the Opera House in that city.

Mr. Lund came to this country in
1884. Dr. Leopold Damrosch, conduc-
tor at the Metropolitan Opera House in
New York, went to Berlin in quest of
an assistant. He wanted a young man
thoroughly acquainted with the musical
dramas of U'agner. John Lund was
recommended to him as exactly the man
he sought. A little investigation showed
that this was so, and Dr. Damrosch en-
gaged Mr. Lund as assistant conductor
of the German opera in New York.
After the death of Dr. Damrosch John
Lund became the leader of Mr. Am-
berg's forces in that manager's ill-starred
attempt to produce German opera in
opposition to the Metropolitan Opera
House. After a year with Amberg and
a short time in Germany, Mr. Lund
accepted an offer to become director of
the Rochester Liedertatel. He did not
stay long, however, in the Flower City.
The Buffalo Orpheus was looking for a
director, and through William Steinway
heard of Mr. Lund. A committee from
the Orpheus society attended one of the
Rochester concerts, and after the per-
formance made a contract with Mr. Lund.
That was in the spring of 1887. Dur-
ing the following fall and winter the Buf-
falo Symphony Orchestra was organized, and Mr.
Lund was invited to become its conductor. The
organization at that time consisted of thirty-three
men, of whom several were amateurs. It was not
until the fourth year of the orchestra's existence that
an entire symphony was presented. By hard and
conscientious work Mr. Lund has made the organiza-
tion favorably comparable with any of similar size
in the LInited States. His work with the Buffalo
Orpheus has likewise borne excellent fruit. In 1888
he took the Maennerchor to Baltimore, where the
best singing societies in the country competed ; and
the Buffalo society won first prixe in the second class.
In New York, in 1895, the Buffalo organization
won third prize in the first class.



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Although Mr. Lund was educated in the strict
classicism of the Leipsic school, Mendelssohn rep-
resenting the extreme limit in modern music, he is
naturally liberal in his musical tastes. His favorite
composers are Wagner, Beethoven, Tschaikowsky,
and Svendsen ; but a glance at the Symphony pro-
grammes will show that he makes free use of the
works of many other composers. Though Mr. Lund
is a young man, his compositions are already con-
siderable in number. Some of the more important
are the "Wanderer's Song," for male chorus and
orchestra; "The Flowers' Revenge," a cantata for
mixed chorus, solos, and orchestra; "The German
War Song," for male chorus, solos, and orchestra;
"Scene Amoureuse," for full orchestra; "In the
Garden," for string orchestra and harp.

PERSONAL CHRONOLOGY
was born at Hamburg, Germany, October
20, 1859 ; studied music under Dinckler,
1869-76, and in tlie Leipsic Conservator?,
1876-80 ; was connected with the produc-
tion of grand opera in Germany and Neu<
York, 1880-86: married Ida Louise Zel-
ler of Buffalo in 1888 ; has been director
of the Buffalo Orpheus, and of the Buffalo
Symphony Orchestra, since 1887.



Lund



JE. /IDacfe, editor and
proprietor of the Buffalo Times, and
widely known in western New York from
his prominence in political life, was
born in West Williams, Ont., in 1856.
His family left Canada when he was still
a child, and took up their residence in
Pontiac, Mich., in 1868. There Mr.
Mack became a clerk in a business house.
Both the mercantile knowledge and the
disciplinary training thus obtained were
of great value in his important business
undertakings later in life. After remain-
ing in Pontiac four years, he availed
himself of the greater opportunities of a
large city by embarking in the advertis-
ing business in Detroit and Chicago.
This was his first experience in news-
paper work, and gave him an insight into
a most important part of the publishing
business.

In 1874 Mr. Mack established himself
in Buffalo. He had then been engaged
in the advertising business two years, and was well
acquainted with many branches of the difficult sub-
ject. He continued, therefore, for several years to
conduct various advertising enterprises in Buffalo.



Many of these ventures had to do with the press,
and gave him considerable experience in actual
newspaper making, and by the year 1878 he felt
able to enter the journalistic world as a publisher.
Establishing the Chaittauqua Lake Gazette, accord-
ingly, at Jamestown, N. Y. , he conducted the
enterprise with fair success for some months ; but in
1879 he received a favorable offer for the paper,
and disposed of the property.

In September of the same year Mr. Mack began
his long career in Buffalo journalism by founding the
SunJav Times. For a while the printing was done
outside the office, and not until 1881 was the first
press purchased for the new paper ; while the first
number of the Daily Times was issued December
13, 1883. Since the latter date the paper has made
marked progress in both circulation and advertising




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patronage. In l8.S(i additional space became neces-
sary for dispatching the enlarged volume of business ;
and the Times building, at Nos. 198-195 Main street,
was secured and occupied. In June, 1887, a Hoe



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perfecting press was placed in operation; in ix'.i'J
another Hoe press, a counterpart of the first, was
installed; and in 1X95 a (joss "three-decker" was
added to the plant. In l.S!)3 ten Merganthaler lino-
type machines were set up in the composing room,
superseding the old system of setting type by hand.



I). N. I TH. /.V/AY. Mi -NA I 'GHT. I \

Until 1884 the Times was independent in politics,
but in the presidential campaign of that year it came
out strongly for Cleveland, and has ever since
supported the regular Democratic nominees. Mr.
Mack has been very active in political affairs person-
ally as well as journalistically, and has had an
important part in the counsels of the Democratic
leaders. He has been a delegate to various local
and state conventions. He was one of the alternates
to the Democratic national convention of 1<S!I'J,
and was the New York member of the notification
committee in that year. He represented his con-
gressional district on the Democratic state committee
tor two terms, declining a third term. He was a
delegate to the Democratic national convention of



regular '




1N!)C>, and was a member of the state committee in
the presidential campaign of that year. He sup-
ported Mr. Bryan vigorously, and enjoyed his con-
fidence in a high degree. Mr. Mack, indeed, was
probably the most prominent advocate of the
' Democracy in western New York, and
thereby acquired great favor with those
who believed in that cause.

Mr. Mack is a member of the Buffalo,
the Ellicott, and the Press clubs, of the
Orpheus and Liedertafel singing soci-
eties, and of other social organizations.
PERSONAL CHRONOLOGY -
Norman E. Mack was born at U'est Wil-
liams, Out. , July >lf, 1850; was clerk in
a store at Poutiac, Midi., 1868-72; cn-
iXV''/ i (!>' advertising {ii/siiiess in Detroit
and Chicago, lS",J-74, and in Buffalo,
1874-78 ; married Jlarrctte E. Taggart
of Buffalo December 22, 1891 ; estab-
lished the ' ' Chautaiiijua Lake Gazette ' '
at Jamestown, N. Y., in 1878, and the
Buffalo " Sundav Times" in 1870 ; was
alternate delegate to tlie Democratic na-
tional convention in 1S92 and delegate in
IS: n>; has I'ee/i editor and proprietor of
the Buffalo ' ' Times ' ' since its establish-
ment in 1883.

#*#

3D. IHatbamel /IDclWaiutbtan

was born in Worcester, Mass., less than
thirty years ago. Before he was six
years old his parents moved to Auburn,
N. Y., and the greater part of his life
thus far has been spent in that pleasant
little city. He attended the public
schools there, but completed his educa-
tion at the academy in the neighboring
town of Weedsport, whither his parents
moved in 1X82. After leaving school he spent
about a year working at the shoemaker's trade, and
was then employed as an accountant for two years,
first with Tompkins & Horton and later with F. B.
Tompkins. By this time he had become ambitious
to study law, and in January, 1888, he entered the
office of F. E. Cady, judge of the City Court of
Auburn, as a student. He remained there three
years, working as a bookkeeper evenings and at
odd intervals as the exigencies of his financial con-
dition required.

Admitted to the bar in March, !!(!, Mr. Mc-
Naughtan at once commenced the practice of his
profession in the office of his former preceptor,
Judge Cady; and in the following December he



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opened an office in connection with John D. Teller,
ex-surrogate of Cayuga county, with whom he
became closely associated. After a few years, how-
ever, he decided to seek a more extended field of
professional labor than Auburn could offer, and in
June, 1894, he moved to Buffalo. He spent the
first year and a half there as managing clerk for
F. M. Inglehart ; but in February, 1896, he opened
an office on his own account. His success in the
practice of law at Buffalo has been singularly rapid
and substantial. He was fortunate in having a
chance to show his capacity while with Mr. Ingle-
hart, who entrusted most of his important work, and
all of his court and litigated work, to Mr. McNaugh-
tan. Having established his reputation in this way,
and shown his ability to handle complicated pieces
of litigation, Mr. McNaughtan has obtained a class
of business that does not commonly fall
to the lot of young lawyers. From the
outset of his career as an independent
attorney he has been able to occupy
himself with interesting and important
cases ; and his contested work has taken
him almost exclusively into the higher
and appellate courts. He has conducted
these cases with so much ability, and has
obtained a class of clients so substantial
in character, that a high position at the
bar of Buffalo seems assured for him.

Before taking up his residence in Buf-
falo Mr. McNaughtan interested himself
considerably in the local politics of
Auburn, where he did good work in the
organization of party forces and the har-
monizing of opposing factions. He has
never sought nor desired public office,
and has declined such openings for
political preferment as have been ten-
dered to him. In December, 1891,
Adelbert P. Rich, district attorney of
Cayuga county, offered him the position
of assistant district attorney ; and in
February, 1894, he was nominated for
justice of the peace in Auburn, but did
not accept the nomination. As yet he
has taken no active part in public affairs
in Buffalo.

PERSONAL CHRONOLOGY -
D. Nathaniel McNaughtan was born at
Worcester, Mass., August 24, 1869; was
educated in An/mm (N. Y. ) public schools ami
Weedsport (N. Y.) Academy ; worked at the shoe-
maker's trade and as a bookkeeper in Auburn, 1885-
87 ; studied law, and was admitted to the bar in



ISfil ; practiced law at Auburn, 1S01-04 ; married
Elizabeth Afanro of Auburn November 5, 1894; was
managing clerk in a law office in Buffalo, lSf>4-!>('> ,
has practiced law in Buffalo since February, 1890.



TKfl. flIMUer enjoys in large measure
the esteem and good will of the people of Buffalo,
where his name has been a household word for
more than a quarter of a century. He has been
both a cause and a result of the city's progress, and
his fame in the special line in which he has won
distinction has penetrated far beyond the state. In
the livery and baggage business Mr. Miller has kept
pace with improvements in the railway and steam-
boat service. He has facilitated the movement of
baggage and passengers, and rendered travel free
from many of its besetting annoyances. He has




CHARLES 1C. MILLER



established an industry employing hundreds of men
and operating a large equipment.

Mr. Miller may be said to have been to the man-
ner born. His father, Jacob S. Miller, established



380



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in 1828 one of the first livery stables in Buffalo, sit-
uated near the present Coal and Iron Exchange.
Mr. Miller, senior, added to this business, in 1848,
a line of omnibuses running from the foot of Main
street to Cold Spring. Young Miller assisted his
father in this business, and tells to-day how he
used to sell omnibus tickets for sixpence apiece, or
twenty for a dollar. Mr. Miller's reminiscences of
those early days would make an interesting volume.
He laughs as he tells of his father's prediction of
ruin because the town council had passed an ordi-
nance forbidding the blowing of the stage horn
below Genesee street. On the death of his father,
Charles W. succeeded to the business, though he
was then only eighteen years of age. Five years
later the Buffalo Street Railway Co. came into
existence, and a new order of things arose.

While possessed of more than average determina-
tion, Mr. Miller had too much sense to sit down,
Indian-like, on the track of modern progress. He
accepted the inevitable, and sold out his omnibus
line to the railway company, which gladly made
him superintendent. He remained with the com-
pany four years, when his independent spirit asserted
itself, and he resumed the coach and livery business.
Eight years later he purchased the stables of Cheese-
man & Dodge on Pearl street, and removed to that
location. Buffalonians will recall the well-known
structure, built in twenty-one days, in order to escape
the operation of an impending law extending the
fire limit against wooden buildings in the business
part of Buffalo. Predictions were numerous that
the structure would some day go up in smoke,
and its many narrow escapes caused it to be
known for years as "the only fireproof building
in Buffalo. ' '

It was the year after this purchase that Mr. Miller
began the coach and baggage-express business. He
obtained from Commodore Vanderbilt the privilege
of placing agents on the New York Central trains en-
tering Buffalo ; and in time secured the same rights
on all roads entering the city. Later he opened a
union ticket office, where a traveler can purchase a
ticket to any part of the United States, and have his
baggage checked through to destination. Few cities
can boast a similar convenience. As Buffalo con-
tinued to grow, Mr. Miller opened an uptown stable
on Delaware avenue, equipping it with the finest
horses and carriages for public use seen in the city up
to that time. This stable Mr. Miller subsequently
disposed of. As a citizen with proper pride in one
of the noted residence avenues of the country, he
appreciated the fact that the street should not be
invaded for business purposes. Moreover, his many



enterprises made it advisable to concentrate all
departments under one roof. For this purpose he
built the magnificent stables on Huron street. This
establishment he justly maintains to be one of the
best appointed of its kind in the United States.
Here all the repairing incident to his business is
done by skillful employees ; and Mr. Miller has
facilities for turning out finished carriages if he saw
fit to do so.

Mr. Miller's operations are not confined to Buf-
falo. He is the senior partner in the Miller-Brun-
dage Coach Co., which revolutionized the carriage
service at Niagara Falls. Despite fierce opposition,
this field was won from extortionate and irresponsible
carriers. Mr. Miller furnishes also the transporta-
tion equipment for the famous Ponce de Leon hotel
at St. Augustine, Fla., and for the Bon Air hotel,
Augusta, (la. An adequate idea of the vast extent
and proportions of his business may be obtained by
a summary of his force and expenses. All told, he
employs more than two hundred vehicles coaches,
victorias, coupes, omnibuses, and moving vans over
five hundred horses, and nearly four hundred men.
His pay roll amounts to not far from $4<I(H) .1
month. It is said that Mr. Miller's entire plant
could not be duplicated for less than half a million
dollars.

PERSONAL CHRONOLOGY Charles }}'.
Miller was born at Buffalo Januarv 19, l,\'->7 . was
superintendent of the Buffalo Street Railway Co.,
1860-64 : married Louise L. No.\on in 18G1 ; has
carried on a general coach and lircrv business in Buf-
falo since 1X0 4, and lias recently ex/ended his opera-
tions to Niagara Falls, Georgia, and Florida.



CtS S. TROOt was born in Cayuga county,
New York, in 1869. He worked on his father's
farm until he was twenty-one years old, attending
district schools, however, in winter, and finally



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