Biography of Charles Eels


Eels, Charles, Alden, p. o. West Alden, merchant and farmer at West Alden, was born in Cortland, Cortland county, N. Y., in 1821. His father, Tercius Eels was a farmer in that county, where Charles grew up and acquired his education in the schools of Cortland. In 1842 he, with his father and the rest of the family, came to that part of the town now known as West Alden and settled upon the farm which is now the home of Charles. After three years at home on the farm, Mr. Eels thought it best to direct his energy in other channels, so in 1845 he went to Buffalo and engaged as clerk for Messrs. Pratt & Co., wholesale and retail hardware merchants. He remained with this firm twenty-eight years, and as a result of his integrity and attention to business, was promoted from a clerkship to the superintendency of the wholesale department. In 1871 he resigned his position with Messrs. Pratt & Co. and returned to West Alden to the farm, and also engaged in business at that place. At the time of embarking in trade at this place there was no post-office there, but through strong influence and great effort against determined opposition, the office was secured on April 15, 1872, and Mr. Eels was named as postmaster. In 1848 he married Mary J. Luce, and he has three daughters. Mrs. Eels died in 1888.

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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