Biography of John W. Clair


Clair, John W., Concord, p. o. Springville, was born in Germany, August 3, 1849, and came to the United States with his parents, Lewis and Helenena Clair, in 1850. He settled first in Buffalo and afterwards moved into the town of Sardinia, buying a wood lot and cleared the land to build his house on. He died in 1876 at the age of sixty-one. John W. Clair was educated in the common schools and in 1868 learned to manufacture cheese, purchasing the Springville cheese combination, consisting of twenty-four factories, and with his brother still continues in the same business, and at present are the largest producers of cheese in Erie and Cattaraugus counties. In 1871 he married Alice L., daughter of Peter J. Frank, and they have two sons: Lewis P. and Almond B. Mr. Clair is a public spirited man, and has served as trustee of his village for six years.

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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