Biography of James Chalmers
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Chalmers, James, p. o. Williamsville, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, October 15, 1844, and was educated at Gillespie's Free School in his native city, where he received the medal for the highest average in all branches of the curriculum. He then taught school in Edinburgh for some time and also took up the trade of machinist. For eight years he was a worker in a gelatine factory, and with indomitable energy kept on studying, teaching and working until twenty one years of age. In 1872 Mr. Chalmers came to the United States and entered the Spring Hammer Works at Williamsville, after which he found employment in the railroad repair shops in Susquehanna, Pa. In 1873 he established the Gelatine Works at Williamsville, which have proved a great success under his able management. Mr. Chalmers has not only been a successful man in business, but has given much attention to public affairs, his efforts always being distinctly in the line of progress. He has taken especial interest in educational matters and is a member of the High School Board ; much of the success of this fine institution, of which Williamsville is justly proud, being due to his intelligent efforts in its cause. He is also president of the Board of Water Commissioners and has been trustee of the village and president of the Board of Trustees. He is very popular socially and is a 32d degree Mason. August 23, 1866, he married Helen Wilson of Peebles, Scotland.

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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