Biography of George H. Alt


Alt, George H., Grand Island, p. o. Inland, one of the representative young men of his town, was born in Grand Island, March 31, 1860, the fourth of five sons and two daughters born to Philip and Wilhelmina (Schmidt) Alt, natives of Germany. Philip was born in July, 1827, and his wife in October, 1829. Philip is a shoemaker by trade, which he followed for many years. In 1855 he emigrated to America and lived in Baltimore two years where he plied his trade. In 1857 he came to Grand Island where he plied his trade several years in connection with a little store. He was industrious and frugal and later purchased a farm of forty acres to which he added from time to time until he owned 220 acres. In politics he was a Republican and was elected to the office of commissioner of highways and justice of the peace, filling the latter office six years. While on the Island he was an active member of the Evangelical church, of which he was a trustee several years and also superintendent of the Sunday school many years. His wife was a member of the same church. Their children are John, Peter, Philip, George, Amelia, Katharine and and Frank. In 1892 Mr. Alt divided his farm among his sons and moved to Black Rock, where he has resided ever since, assisting his youngest son in his meat market. George H. Alt has spent his life thus far on the Island, remaining with his parents assisting in a general way until he took the part of the farm on which he now resides and operates. In politics he is a Republican and was elected town tax collector and is now filling his second term as justice of the peace. He is a member of the Farmers' Alliance of Grand Island, of which he was treasurer three years. In 1885 he married Jennie E., daughter of Christopher and Mary (Webb) Webb of Grand Island, and they have one son, George H. Mr. and Mrs. Alt are members of the Congregational church of which Mr. Alt is trustee and treasurer. Mrs. Alt is a member of the Ladies' Aid Society.

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


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