Biography of Henry Ehlers


Ehlers, Henry, Grand Island, p. o. Beach Haven, was born in the north of Germany, May 31, 1852, the fifth of three sons and four daughters born to Frederick and Mary Ehiers. Frederick Ehlers is a shoemaker by trade and still resides in his native place. His wife died in 1893. His eldest son, John, died in the German army while at war with France. Henry Ehlers worked at farm work in Germany and emigrated to America in 1872, being the only son of the family to leave their native place. Arriving in this county, he went to the town of Amherst, where he found employment on a farm. Three years later he came to Grand Island, where he bought a farm of sixty acres and settled down to farming for himself, doing a general and successful farming. To this farm he added twenty-six acres. Mr. Ehlers has manifested a keen interest in the public affairs of his town, joining sides with the Republican party; he has been twice elected to the office of assessor and served one term as poormaster of his town. In 1875 he married Sophia Buekholz, born in Germany, a daughter of Henry and Christina Buckholz. To Mr. and Mrs. Ehiers were born thirteen children: Henry. John, Charles, Mary, William, Lena (who died when eleven years of age), Frederick, Matilda, Benjamin, Walter (who died when five), Arthur, Mabel and Emma. Mr. and Mrs. Ehiers are members of the German Evangelical church.

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A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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