Biography of Edward C. Beiser


Beiser, Edward C., Buffalo, was born in Buffalo, February 26, 1862. His father. Frederick, born in Alsace, France, in 1884, came to Buffalo with his father, Adolph Beiser, who founded and for many years conducted what is now the Weyand brewery and afterward the Greiner (now the Ontario) Hotel, and who died August 6, 1863; his wife, Fredericka Greiner, died in 1883, aged seventy-nine. Frederick Beiser was first a brewer, later a hotel and restaurant keeper, and in 1803 helped to recruit and enlisted as lieutenant in Co. A, 187th N. Y. Vol. Inf. Returning from the war, wounded and broken in health, he was constable of the old Fourth ward in 1867-69, and then served on the police force until his death in May, 1872. In politics he was a Democrat. He married Barbara, daughter of Jacob and Barbara (Pfeiffer) Durrenberger, who came to Buffalo from Alsace, France, in 1834 (he was a farmer, gardener, wood deaier, and one term street inspector). She was born in Buffalo in 1839, and survives him. They had two sons and three daughters. Edward C. Beiser received a public school education, and when eleven became a cash boy in the dry goods store of Adam & Meldrum; three years later he entered the employ of John McKillop & Co.'s mercantile agency, and three years afterward associated himself with R. B. Selle in the dairy business, with whom he remained three years and eleven months. In 1884 he engaged in this business for himself, and at the present time sells over 100 gallons of milk per day. He has been an active Republican since the age of eighteen and has often been a delegate to political conventions. He declined public office until 1897, when he was nominated and elected supervisor of the Sixteenth ward. At this time he was sick in the General Hospital. and his plurality was 212. He is a self-made man, temperate and generous and respected by all who know him. In November. 1886, he married Anna, daughter of Theodore and Wilhelmina (Koeppen) Selle, old residents of Buffalo.

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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