Biography of John Ansteth


Ansteth, John, Buffalo, one of the leading jewelers of Buffalo, is the son of Jacob and Margaret (Graff) Ansteth, and was born in Alsace, France, January 27, 1851. In 1853 he came with his parents to America and settled in Buffalo, where his father died in 1876, and where his mothers death occurred in 1893. Mr. Ansteth attended the Buffalo public schools and then entered the store of S. O. Barnum & Son, where he rose to the positions of bookkeeper and financial manager. In 1879 he became a member of the firm and so continued until 1882. when he withdrew to engage in the notion trade at 323 to 336 Washington street and in the wholesale jewelry and watch business at 323 Washington street. He carried on both establishments until 1884, and since then has given his attention entirely to the jewelry trade, removing to Main street in 1885. Mr. Ansteth is president of the Holy Trinity English Lutheran church, a director of St. John's Orphan Asylum, one of the founders and a director of the Lutheran Old Folks' Home, and a director and vice-president of the German Deaconesses Home. He was married in 1878 at St. Louis, Mo., to Sarah B.. daugh ter of Joseph Bicksier, whose family were early residents of Buffalo. Their children are: John Rollin, Alice M., Fred E. and Sarah Ruth.

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