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ried Alice }p r . Brown of Rochester famtarv
13, 1887 ; mas connected with the Roch-
ester Paper Co., 1871-89 ; has been
treasurer and manager of the Cliff Paper
Co. , Niagara Falls, N. Y. , since 1892.

Xee 1R. Sanborn has stamped

himself indelibly upon the map of Niagara
county, and in the hearts of its people.
His father was a teacher at Bath, N. H.,
and afterward an itinerant preacher in
the Methodist Episcopal church ; and
his mother was likewise a teacher at Worcester,
Mass. , and a person of culture and character. Under
the wholesome influence of their precept and ex-
ample Mr. Sanborn acquired a thorough moral and a

fair intellectual education. He was born near
Brockport, Monroe county, but moved a few miles
west, to the place that now bears his name. There
he engaged in the lumber business and in manu-
facturing, and soon became widely and favorably
known. In fact his position in the community
ultimately became such that the people of the place
named the village after him.

The prominence implied in this event was also
evident in numerous public trusts to which Mr. San-
born was called early in his career. At one time or
another he has held almost all the town offices. In
1870 and again the next year, he was a member of
the state assembly, and took a prominent part in the
proceedings of that body. He has often been sent
as a delegate to state conventions, and in 1884
was a delegate to the national convention that nom-



inated James G. Blaine. For many years he has
been regarded as one of the leaders of the Repub-
lican party in Niagara county ; and his great influence
at home and elsewhere has contributed materially to


the strength of the Republic an cause in his part of
the state. In 1 SSCJ lie was appointed by the gov-
ernor of New York a member of the board of man-
agement of the state school for the blind at Batavia.
He was elected president of the board of trustees in
the same year, and still holds thai position. He is

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noied for his interest in all philanthropic enterprises,
ind for many deeds of private benevolence.

Mr. Sanborn has been engaged in various com
mercial undertakings, and has shown unusual busi-
ness ability in the imiiluit of the same. lie has
been largely interested in the manufacture of lumber
in western New York and Michigan, where he has
had large timber interests for many years, lie has
also taken much personal interest in his farm, which
is one of the most fertile in the county.

Mr. Sanborn lias been since early manhood a firm
believer in Masonry, and has risen to high rank in
the order. lie is a member of Genesee Command-
ery, \o. Hi, Knights Templars, I.ockport, a Scot-
tish Rite Mason, and a member ot Isinailia Temple,

Buffalo. He is also greatly interested in the Royal
Templars of Temperance, and other fraternal orders.
In 1HN7 he was elected representative to the Supreme
Council of Royal Templars, and by that body was
made a life member of the board of directors. In
1S!I'_> he was elected Supreme Councilor, and now
holds that position.

Lee Rainlal/ S<i/i/>orn ?,'<M born at Sweden,
Monroe county, N. Y. , An^iiaf <V, 1S-U ;
was educated in I'lihlie scliooh ; married
/i/Iiii C. Crawford of>iston, .V )..
September !>, 1S4' 1 ; wax a member (>/ tlic
New York \/i?/i' am;fm/>ly, 1X7O-71; has
lired at Sanborn, A 7 . }'., fiigagrtt in
lumber dealing, fanning, and various eom-
mereial enterprises, since 1848-

5. Mallcnmcicr, 3r., ^

of German descent, but his lite thus tar
has been spent in western New York.
Horn in the section of Buffalo known
as Black Rock during the early part of
the Civil War, he was taken to Tona-
wanda in childhood, and has made his
home there ever since. He received his
education in the public schools of the
town, and gained his first knowledge of
commercial life there.

Shortly before he attained his majority
Judge Wallenmeier began business on
his own account, opening a grocery store
in Tonawanda in Ma\, IS.s.'i. He con-
ducted the undertaking with prudence
and energy, and met with a good degree
of success from the start. After a few
years he added a meat market to his estab-
lishment ; and the combined business was
continued until the spring of IW4, when
he sold his store in order to devote himself to uilna

bulge Wallenmeier has always been an active
Republican, and has taken a prominent part in
public affair:; in Tonawanda. His devotion to hi-
party and the cause of good government in general
was appreciated by his fellow-citizens: and was
appropriately re< ogni/ed by his appointment by the
council of Tonawanda as the first police justice under
the MI ul l.SM-l establishing a police tone in the
tciun. lu the spring of 1,S'.I." he was elected b\
the people to the same office for a term of four
years. The growing and changing pcipulatiun ul'
the thriving maiuHa< tin ing town is not always of the
must peac elul c ham ter, and Judge Wallenmeier has

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had abundant opportunity to exercise the functions
of his office. He has fulfilled its duties with com-
mendable zeal and vigor, and with strict impartiality
as well ; meting out due punishment to all offenders
without regard for position, and with a sturdy deter-
mination to render justice that has gained for him
the approval of all right-minded persons.

Judge Wallenmeier has taken murh interest in the
work of the savings and loan associations that have
become so popular in recent years. Their facilities
for utilizing the small weekly savings of the working-
man appealed to his German thrift and common
sense. In 1890, accordingly, he helped to organi/e
the Niagara Savings and Loan Association, and was
its president for several years, retiring in 189(iwhen
he found the cares of the position too arduous to be
continued longer in connection with his public duties.

In the general and social life of the
community fudge Wallenmeier is nat-
urally prominent, and he has a host of
friends. He is the Worshipful Master of
Tonawanda Lodge, No. 247, 1''. & A. M.,
and belongs to the German Evangelical
church. Having served from 1878 to
|S,X(i as a volunteer fireman at Tona-
wanda, he received his exemption papers
from the village council in April, l.ssii.
In April, 1897, he was elected by the
active volunteer firemen a member of
the Tonawanda Firemen's Benevolent
\SM.H iation then organizing, and was
chosen by a unanimous vote its first

folin George Wallenmeier, Jr., 7i'<rs horn
ill Buffalo October 111, AW.'.- r.w.v edu-
cated in /lie frihlic scliools of T<>inn<>aiiiia.
N. ]'.: married Hattie May Korli oj
Toiunca/iifii Nwembcr I 1 ,, AV.s'./ ,- con-
a grflcerv and meat market at Ton-
l,W-!-f>4 : 7i''<i\ president of ////
Niagara Savings ami Loan Association.
1895-90 : //<rs been police justice of Tona-
wanda since 1S94-

3ol)H (B. WliCltS, one of the leading
attorneys of the C'hautauqua -county bar.
has been prominently identified with I he
municipal history of the city of lames
town since its organ i /at ion. When that
community outgrew its village conditions, and
assumed the dignity of a city, Mr. Wicks was chosen
a member of the first common council from the 1st
ward of the city. He had been instrumental, with

others, in drafting the original charter by which the
new city was to be governed. On the organization
of the common council he took an active part in in-
augurating and maintaining the policy of the munic-
ipal government.

Mr. Wicks was particularly prominent among
those who demanded a municipal control of certain
natural monopolies, such as public waterworks,
electric lighting plants, and the like. It was largely
through his efforts that a municipal electric lighting
plant was established at Jamestown. As an alder-
man of the city he worked for this end in season and
out of season ; and the plant has since been enlarged
and developed to such an extent as to justify and
reward his early activity and energy in its behalf.

After a service of four years in the common coun-
cil Mr. Wicks retired from public office : but his

JOHN G II ' /. /. K.VMKfKK, JR...:'*'

work was too important to the commonwealth to
permit of long inarlivity, and at the end of a year
he was '.liosrii attorne) for the city of Jamestown
Acting in this capac ity for four years, he drafted



many amendments to the city charter : virtually,
indeed, he redrafted the entire instrument. During
his term of office many public improvements were
undertaken ; and all the bonds created thereby were
issued under his direction, and the contracts for
more than half a million dollars' worth of public

JOHX a. ir/rA'.s-

works were drawn by him. To his credit as an
attorney it can be said that no flaw has been dis-
covered in any of this work.

Mr. Wicks was born in the town of Carroll, now
Kiantone, Chautauqua county. After graduating
from the Jamestown High School, and later from the
Albany Law School, he was admitted to the bar in
1*7(>, and soon took rank with the leaders of his
profession in his native county. Among the at-
torneys who have graduated from his office are A. C.
Pickard, J. Delevan Curtiss, and D. D. Dorn. For
several years he was associated with Mr. Curtiss :
since the dissolution of this partnership he has pre-
ferred to practice alone.

Aside from his connection with the legal pro-

fession, Mr. Wicks has been prominently identified
with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, hold-
ing the office of District Deputy Grand Master of
Chautauqua county for three years in the '80's. He
has always been active in the Republican party.
Wicks was born in tlie town of Carroll,
Chautauqua county, N. Y., January 10,
/.v.(.-7 / was educated in country schools
ami the fames/own High School; x>iiJ
iiiiteii from the Albany Law School, an:/
was admitted to the bar in /.V;'/.- married
Emma L. Ru^ell in December, 1S76 ;
was an a/ilerman of Ilie city of fames-
town, 1SSV-IH), an,/ city attorney, 1891-
0~> ; Jias practiced law in Jamestown since

ID. (IOrC\? was bom in Jeffer-
son county, New York, during the Civil
War. He was educated in the public-
schools of Watertown, the county seat,
and graduated from the high school
there in 1<S,S4. He at once turned his
attention to teaching, and followed this
occupation very successfully for the next
six years. For the first half of that time
he remained in his native county, and
held the position of principal succes-
sively in the schools at Kvans' Mills,
Hrownville, and Sackett's Harbor. In
l.ScSJ, however, he accepted the princi-
palship of a grammar school at Norvvalk,
Conn., and for the next three years
labored there. I'.y this time he was in
his twenty-eighth year ; anil it became
evident to him that the teacher's calling,
though attractive in many ways, did not
afford the opportunity for advancement
that he desired. Accordingly, he gave up his
position in Connecticut, and began, somewhat late
in life, to prepare himself for admission to the bar.
Returning to the city of Watertown, Mr. Corey
entered the office of Hannibal Smith as a student,
and remained with him a little more than a year.
In the fall of IK'.tl he became a member of the Buf-
falo Law School, and graduated therefrom in the
following May. Realizing that the Queen City
offered a field of professional activity unsurpassed,
perhaps, by any city in the land, he decided to try
his fortunes there. For two years he worked in the
office of Robert F. Schelling as a clerk, and then,
July 1, 1*1>4, formed a partnership with Edward D.
Strebel, under the firm name of Strebel & Corey,



that still exists. In the years since passed he has
made good progress in building up a substantial
clientage, and making a place for himself at the bar
of Erie county. The fact that he was several years
older than the average lawyer when he began prac-
tice, has been in his favor in some respects, since
he has been able to bring to bear upon legal prob-
lems a more mature mind and more ripened judg-

Mr. Corey devotes himself wholly to his chosen
profession. Thus far he has resisted the allurements
of political life, which as a rule appeal so strongly
to a lawyer, and he is not a member of any social
or fraternal organizations. He belongs to the North
Presbyterian Church.

Corey was born at Black River, Jefferson county,
N. Y., May 27, 18i;.i : graduated from the
Watertown ( X. Y. ) School in 1W,
taught school, 1884-90 ; married Ella I. .
Phelps of Sacketf s Harbor, N. Y., Angus/
17, 1887 ; was admitted to the bar in
189^ ; lias practiced hnc> in Buffalo since

Granule is a notable ex-
ample of the oft-cited fact that in
America hard work, when combined
with native ability, is sure to be amply
rewarded. Even in America, though
many men amass large fortunes in a
comparatively short time, it is not so
common for a man to rise from the
position of a day laborer to the ranks ol
one of the learned professions in a do/en
years. Such, however, is the story of
Mr. Crangle's career thus far.

Horn in the north of Ireland little
more than thirty years ago, Mr. Crangle
spent his boyhood on the farm in County
Down where his parents still reside. At
an early age he became a pupil in one
of the National Schools of the country,
and continued his studies there until his
sixteenth year, obtaining thus a good
general education. He was ambitious
for a far higher career than any that
seemed open to him in his native land,
and he accordingly determined to emi-
grate to America. Arriving in New York,
he betook himself at once to Buffalo, which has
proved a most hospitable home. Without friends
or money, he was obliged to begin at the foot
of the ladder, and his first employment was that

of a laborer on the docks. He afterward worked
as a freight hand in the Erie-railroad freight
house, and subsequently secured a position as clerk
in the freight office of the Lake Shore road.

During the years thus occupied Mr. Crangle de-
voted his spare time to the study of elocution, for
which he had a great liking, and much natural
aptitude ; and in due time he graduated from the
Buffalo School of Elocution. In the presidential
campaign of 1888 he used his talents in the service
of the Democratic party, making many speeches in
favor of its candidates. His political work brought
him to the favorable notice of many men prominent
in Buffalo ; and, as he had now accumulated some
capital from his eight years of hard work, he was
able to gratify his ambition, and prepare himself for
a position where his abilities would have full scope.

/'A' AY' 1>. COREY

In January, 1889, accordingly, he entered the
law office of Rogers, Locke & Milburn, Buffalo,
where he remained five years, during which he was
duly admitted to the bar. This firm stands second


to none in western New York, and Mr. Crangle's
long connection with the office as student and clerk
could not fail to give him a thorough knowledge
of the principles and practice of the law. Since
January, 1MI4, he has practiced on his own account,
and has attained a most satisfactory measure of

.. I\T> CRANGL /'

success. lie is recognized by his fellow-members
ol the Buffalo bar as a painstaking and careful
lawyer of decided ability, and his steady advance-
ment in his chosen profession may be confidently
prcdii led.

Mr. < 'rangle cares little for club or society life,
preferring to devote himself to his profession.

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Ire/ciihi, Aii^m/ /'!', /.SV/J.- 7,>,cv cilnciilfii in Ihc
\iilioiiiil .SV7///'A />/ Ircliinii : fiinic to flic l'uit<-<l
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>i> the /'iir in /nnc, /.S'/l? . //<'
r<nlt<ilo sin,',- /,t/n<,ir\'.

and was admitted

f>r,ii/ii<;i liti.> in

Jf. 1b. HHlClUVit.S 'as born less than forty-
years ago in the town of Wheatfield, Niagara county,
New York. His parents, Augustus and Louise
Donath Duckwit/., were natives of Stettin, Germany,
who came to the United States in 1853. They
spent five years in New York, and then moved to
Niagara county, where Augustus Duck-
witz bought a farm and carried on a large
nursery, selling nearly all the fruit trees
in that section of the state. During
the war he served as provost marshal,
and after his return North bought a large
general store in St. Johnsburgh, Niagara
county. This he conducted for several
years, acting at the same time as auction-
eer, insurance agent, and justice of the
peace. Ferdinand Duckwitz helped his
father on the farm and in the store,
attending district schools as he had op-
portunity, until his fourteenth year. At
that time his father sold the store, and
the new proprietor was glad to secure
the young man's services at a salary.
Mr. Duckwitz remained with him two
vears, and accumulated a sufficient sum
to enable him to gratify his desire for a
better education than he had thus far
obtained. At the age of sixteen, accord-
ingly, he left home and betook him-
self to Buffalo, where he studied for a
year at Bryant iV Stratton's Business
College. He then went West, and spent
a \ ear working on farms and in stores in
various places. By this time he had
determined to become a lawyer, and had
also decided the question of locality in
favor of the Kast. Returning, therefore,
to his native county, he entered the
office of George (,'. Greene of Lockport
as a student. His preparatory training had not been
so thorough as would have been dcsiriblc, but he
made up for any lack in this respect by (lose appli-
(alion and natural ability. During his three years
in Mr. Greene's office he published the I.i>tkf>orter
Deutsche /.filling, a weekly German paper, and also
acted as insurance agent and organizer of lodges,
managing in this \va\ not only to support himseb,
but to save enough money to take him to i oil. L i
He entered the law department of Union Universiu
in 1ST'.), graduated May L'4,, and in I he same
month was admitted to practice in -ill Ihc courts of
New York st.itr

Immediately alter his admission to the bar Mr.
huckwit/ opened an offn e in liiiffalo, where he has



practiced ever since with most gratifying success.
In the early part of his legal career he was much
helped by his thorough knowledge of the German
language, which the large German population of
the city rendered particularly useful. In 1881 he
formed a partnership with John B. Perkins, which
lasted until Mr. Perkins's death in l.SS.'!. He
then associated himself with Charles K. Robinson,
and later with William Armstrong. January 1,
1.S1IO, Mr. Duckwitz established the present firm of
Duckwitz, Thayer & Jackson, in partnership with
Wallace Thayer and Frederick S. Jackson. This
association was a most fortunate one, and has be-
come one of the most popular of the younger law
firms of Buffalo. Mr. Duckwitx is an excellent
counselor and business lawyer, Mr. Thayer possesses
decided talent as a trial lawyer, and Mr. [ackson is
an able co-worker in the general business
of the firm.

Mr. Duckwit/ is actively concerned
in a variety of matters outside his pro-
fession. For a number of years he was
the treasurer and a trustee of I he
Mechanics' Institute, and took the great-
est interest in the association. He
belongs to many social and fraternal
organizations, including the Royal Anu-
nuin, the Improved Order of Heptasophs.
and the United Friends. He is a mem-
ber of the Supreme Council of the Km
pire Knights of Relief, and of the
Supreme Ruling of the Fraternal Mystic-
Circle of the State of Pennsylvania. He
was one of the incorporators of the
Order of the Iroquois of Buffalo, and is
the Supreme Councilor of the order,
chairman of the committee on laws, and
a member of the board of trustees. In
politics he is a stanch Republican, who
never hesitates or wavers in his party
allegiance, and has been for many years
a member of the Buffalo Republican
League. He is one of the wardens of
St. Luke's Episcopal Church, and was
for a time its treasurer.

/',/-, li/iaiuf Herman Duckwitz "iw.v />,/!
in the town of \\~heatjield, X. }'., Aug-
ust II, /.s'.'.s 1 .- attended district schools and
Brvanl &~" Stratton ' s Business College;
studied law in a Lockport office , ami graduated from the
law department of Union University in 1880 ; married
Henrietta \\~aliiron Springsteed of Albany December
22, 1880 ; has practiced law in Buffalo since 1S80.

%. JfaircbilJ), who has been prom-
inent in public life for many years, was born in
Seneca county, New York, during Andrew Jackson's
first administration. After attending the private
schools of his native town, and graduating at Water-
loo Academy, he continued his studies under a private
tutor, and fitted himself for the sophomore class at
Hobart College. He changed his mind, however,
when about to begin his collegiate course, deciding
to study law. His uncle, Harlow S. Love, was then
one of the leading attorneys of Buffalo ; and in his
office, that of Talcott & Love, Mr. Fairchild read
law. He was admitted to the bar in IIS.").' 7 !, and be-
gan his career as a lawyer at once in Buffalo.

For the next fifteen years Mr. Fairchild gave him-
self unreservedly to his profession, building up a
pra< tire that was at once lucrative and gratifying])-

/' //. Dfi'KlVIT'/.

significant of his legal ability. He served accepta-
bly several of the successors of the Holland Land
Co., and other individual and corporate clients
whose legal interests were important. In the fall of



1867 an important position came to him entirely
without solicitation on his part, and Mr. Fairchild
abandoned his profession for the office of register in
bankruptcy. In the year mentioned congress passed
the momentous piece of legislation known as the
national bankruptcy act, which called into being an


important set of officials concerned in the adjustment
of bankrupt estates. Their functions were both
judicial and administrative, and only men of high
character and tried ability were selected for the
office. Mr. Fairchild received his appointment from
Salmon P. Chase, chief justice of the United States,
and was sworn into office January 3, 1868. For the
next decade he devoted all his time and strength to
his important work, sparing himself in no respect,
and discharging most efficiently the trying duties of
his office. In 187<S congress repealed the act under
which Mr. Fairchild was appointed, except as to
rases existing at that time. Mr. Fairchild still re-
tains the office, but its work has been increasingly
light since the repeal of the law.

Having lived in Buffalo since the middle of the
century, Mr. Fairchild has become one of the best-
known men of the city, and has taken a leading part
in many public movements. He was prominent in
the Young Men's Association for many years ; and
was a prime mover in effecting the important change
of location made in 1864, when the
society left its quarters in the old Ameri-
can block and purchased the St. James-
hotel property on the site of the present
Hotel Iroquois. For two years he was
on the board of supervisors of Erie
county, representing the old 10th ward,
Buffalo. He was a park commissioner
for eight years, and was a member of
the building committee that supervised
the construction of the Parade House.
He had much to do, also, with the plan-
ning of Delaware park, taking great in-
terest in the creation of its charming lake
and other beautiful features.

Mr. Fairchild has been a member of
the Masonic order since early manhood,
and is a life member of Ancient Land-
mark Lodge, No. 441, F. & A. M. He
is also a charter member of Adytum
Chapter, R. A. M.

An interesting episode in Mr. Fair-
child's life was his visit at the White
House just after Lincoln's inauguration.
He was related to Lincoln by marriage,
and knew him intimately years before the

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