Biography of Charles D. Bigelow


Bigelow, Charles D., Buffalo, was born on a farm, December 4, 1850. He is the youngest son of Charles C. Bigelow, one of the pioneer settlers of Western New York. His early days were spent in hard work on the farm and in the winter he attended the country school. Later he attended school for a few terms at Griffith Institute, Springville, N. Y., working in cheese factories, at carpentering and other hard work during the summers, and during the winters teaching evening writing school in the country school houses. In the spring of 1870 he went on a lumber raft down the Alleghany and Ohio Rivers to Cincinnati, receiving forty dollars for the trip. In the winter of 1871 he went to Chicago and obtained employment in the home office of a fire insurance company; from the position of office boy he worked his way up to the position of manager's correspondent, also having charge of the loss department during 1872, 1873, and 1874. He was also connected with the Allen Pinkerton Detective Agency at Chicago, Philadelphia and New York. In 1880 he opened a local insurance office in Gowanda, N. Y., and after four years of hard work succeeded in building up a valuable business. In 1884 he accepted a position as special agent with the Travelers Insurance Company of Hartford, and it was while filling this position that he was engaged by one of the strongest of the Hartford Fire Insurance Companies, as its special agent, covering five States. In October, 1886, he settled in Buffalo, as independent adjuster of fire losses. May 21, 1879, he married Jennie V. Pool, daughter of Dr. B. C. Pool, of Springville, and his children are Bessie, born April 23, 1881, and died September 23, 1882; Bayard, born June 19, 1887; and Charles Chase, born February 20, 1891.

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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