Biography of Henry P. Burgard


Burgard, Henry P., Buffalo, son of Peter Burgard, was born in Buffalo, N. Y., in June, 1861. Peter Burgard, a native of Bavaria, Germany, came to Buffalo in 1835, when fourteen years of age, and later was followed by his parents. He was one of the first butchers in Buffalo, a business he followed for many years. He was a lifelong Democrat, served as alderman of the old Twelfth ward from 1862 to 1865; and died in June, 1897, honored and respected by a wide circle of friends. His wife, who survives him, is Sarah Rinch, who was born in Buffalo, and whose father, William Rinch, came from Bavaria, Germany, prior to 1830. They had four sons and four daughters, and maintained the family home at 560 Walden avenue for about fifty years. Henry P. Burgard attended the public and Central High School of Buffalo, and afterward was engaged in the coal and wood business with a brother, on Walden avenue, until 1895, when he withdrew and engaged in contracting and street paving, which business he has since followed, having an office in the Mooney-Brisbane building. He has always been a prominent and active Democrat, served as alderman of the 18th ward for two years, being elected in 1891, and was a delegate to the State Democratic convention of 1895. He is a 32d degree Mason, holding membership in Erie Lodge, No. 101, and the Scottish Rite bodies to and including Buffalo Consistory. He resides in the house in which he was born, at 560 Walden avenue.

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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