Biography of Elijah V. Day


Day, Elijah V., Tonawanda, son of Elijah and Betsey (Toles) Day, was born in the village of Covington, Monroe county, N. Y., April 8, 1811, and in 1820 came with his parents to Tonawanda. This section of the State was then a wilderness. The family moved from New England to about the site of Buffalo by team, and from there descended the Niagara River on boats poled by hand. Mr. Day's education was meagre, being limited to a few terms at the rude district schools of his day. He early learned the blacksmith's trade, which he followed seven years, and then purchased a stage coach and engaged in carrying passengers and freight between Tonawanda and Niagara Falls. Afterward he was engaged in canal boating and also in building docks for several years. In 1887 he built the well known Adams House, which he has since conducted. Mr. Day is one the oldest citizens of Erie county, where he has spent his active life. For nearly eighty years he has been an honored resident of the village of Tonawanda, which he has seen develop from a few houses to a thrifty and enterprising commercial center, and withal one of the largest lumber ports in the world. His mind is richly stored with information of the past, and his reminiscences are both valuable and entertaining. As blacksmith, stage proprietor, dock builder, and landlord, he has always been an interesting figure. He has three children living, viz.: Jane Blare, Mary and Minnie M.

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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