Biography of J. Frederick Behn

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Behn, J. Frederick, Buffalo, subject of this sketch, is the head of the Buffalo Refrigerating Machine Company, one of the pioneers in this branch of industfy. For the last eighteen years he has been actively engaged in the construction of refrigerating plants and his machines are renowned for their superior quality and reliability, not only throughout this country, but also in all foreign countries. His export trade is year by year increasing with flattering success. Mr. Behn is a native of Hamburg, Germany, born September 18, 1831. He has been a citizen of this country since 1853. After five years of serving as apprentice in a machine shop in his native city he took a post-graduate course in the Polytechnic School as mechanical and civil engineer at Karlsruhe, Germany. Before embarking in his present business he served several years as constructing engineer and was employed over twenty years as canal engineer under different political administrations, and at the time of enlarging the Erie Canal, holding the position of division engineer of the western division of the big State ditch. He is recognized as a solid and well balanced business man and enjoys the highest respect of his fellow men, both in a business and social point of view.


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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