Biography of William H. Bass


Bass, William H., Alden, was born in St. Albans, Vermont, in 1868, and when two years old was taken by his aunt to Alden, and a little later went to live with John Catlin who was a farmer in the town. When seventeen years old he apprenticed himself to George W. Tifft, Son & Co., Buffalo, to learn the trade of machinist. His education had been acquired principally at the Parker Union School of Clarence, so that he was pretty well equipped in every way to become a successful machinist and engineer. After completing his trade he engaged with Moffett Bros. as engineer and machinist in the Alden tannery. This position he occupied four years, and when the Alden Natural Gas & Fuel Company was organized, his co-operation was solicited and he became one of the organizers and incorporators. He is secretary, treasurer and general manager of the company, and during the nearly five years of the company's existence he has conducted its affairs most successfully. Mr. Bass is a member of the Board of Village Trustees and also clerk of the Board of Education. In 1890 he married Elsie. daughter of J. N. and Carrie Babcock of Alden, and they have two children, Hannah A. and Elmer W.

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