Biography of Gottlieb Ackerman

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Ackerman, Gottlieb, an old resident and successful farmer of Tonawanda, was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, February 22, 1825, one of two sons and five daughters born to Christopher and Agnes Ackerman. Christopher was a farmer and came to America, bringing his family with him, in 1831, settling in the township of Tonawanda on a small tract of timber land, which he cleared, and from time to time bought other tracts which he paid for, assisted greatly by his wife and sons. At the time of his death he owned 233 acres; in those early days he was greatly troubled with the ague; in politics he was a Democrat; he died in 1871 at the age of sixty-eight; his widow died in 1876 at the age of seventy-two. Gottlieb Ackerman here grew to manhoood and received a limited education. While a boy he worked for three years in the village of Tonawanda for his board and clothes, and later tended saloon and bowling alley for the same man. The first money Mr. Ackerman ever earned was when nine years of age he worked on a neighbor's farm for six cents a day. He and his brother Christopher remained on the farm and by their father's death came in possession of one-half of the home farm; they also owned a farm together previous to that time. Mr. Ackerman has led a sober, industrious and economical life and ever taught his children the principles of frugality. He has accumulated a good property; besides his farms he owns several village lots and tenant houses and has provided his children with fair educational advantages. In politics he has always been an independent Democrat, and though never an officeseeker he was elected to and filled the office of commissioner of highways for seven years, and one of these years he was elected by the Republicans. In 1855 he married Christianna, daughter of William H. and Lydia Moyer. Mrs. Ackerman died in 1871.
Ackerman, Gottlieb, an old resident and successful farmer of Tonawanda, was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, February 22, 1825, one of two sons and five daughters born to Christopher and Agnes Ackerman. Christopher was a farmer and came to America, bringing his family with him, in 1831, settling in the township of Tonawanda on a small tract of timber land, which he cleared, and from time to time bought other tracts which he paid for, assisted greatly by his wife and sons. At the time of his death he owned 233 acres; in those early days he was greatly troubled with the ague; in politics he was a Democrat; he died in 1871 at the age of sixty-eight; his widow died in 1876 at the age of seventy-two. Gottlieb Ackerman here grew to manhoood and received a limited education. While a boy he worked for three years in the village of Tonawanda for his board and clothes, and later tended saloon and bowling alley for the same man. The first money Mr. Ackerman ever earned was when nine years of age he worked on a neighbor's farm for six cents a day. He and his brother Christopher remained on the farm and by their father's death came in possession of one-half of the home farm; they also owned a farm together previous to that time. Mr. Ackerman has led a sober, industrious and economical life and ever taught his children the principles of frugality. He has accumulated a good property; besides his farms he owns several village lots and tenant houses and has provided his children with fair educational advantages. In politics he has always been an independent Democrat, and though never an officeseeker he was elected to and filled the office of commissioner of highways for seven years, and one of these years he was elected by the Republicans. In 1855 he married Christianna, daughter of William H. and Lydia Moyer. Mrs. Ackerman died in 1871.


Source:
Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898

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