Biography of Henry Brunn


Brunn, Henry, Buffalo, was born in Speyer, Germany, August 27, 1839, and at an early age came with his parents to America and settled in Buffalo, where he attended the public schools, receiving a liberal education. Early in life he manifested a natural taste for the work in which he subsequently demonstrated his ability to succeed. At the age of fourteen he was apprenticed to H. H. Warren, a carriage manufacturer, and served nearly five years under his instructions. Feeling that he had become as well informed as was possible at that time in Buffalo he then decided to go East and fully acquaint himself with the construction of heavy work. With that end in view be removed to Rahway, N. J., where he entered the employ of John H. Duren, under whose instruction he remained one year. To further perfect himself he turned his attention to New York and entered the establishment of Parker, Brewster & Baldwin, the leading carriage builders of that city, with whom he remained until 1861, when he enlisted in the 9th Regt. N. G. N. Y., which became the 83d N. Y. Vols. Mr. Brunn served with his regiment until the second battle of Bull Run, where he was taken prisoner. He was honorably discharged in the spring of 1863, returned to Buffalo, and was engaged in the tailoring business for a short time, after which he accepted a position as bookkeeper for George Werner, with whom he remained until 1880. Feeling that his thorough knowledge of the carriage business fitted him for a place among the representative carriage builders he decided to embark in the business for himself. With that excellent judgment which he has manifested to such a marked degree he saw that the city was growing northward, and accordingly he purchased his present site at the corner of Main and Summer streets and built the large repository and factory which he now occupies, and here he has since conducted a successful trade. Owing to the excellent training Mr. Brunn received in his youth he stands to-day the equal of any man engaged in the business as a scientific constructor of carriages. He is a member of Bidwell-Wilkeson Post, No. 9, G. A. R., of Erie Lodge, No. 161, F. & A. M., and of Keystone Chapter, No. 163, R. A. M. In 1884 he married Charlotte J. Savitz, and they have one son, Harry Otis Brunn, born April 13, 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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