Biography of Bernard Geschwender

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Geschwender, Bernard, Grand Island, was born in Grand Island, August 11, 1858, the second of five sons born to Magues and Anna Mary (Wolford) Geschwender, natives of Germany. Magnes was born in 1826 and was a carpenter and contractor. He served in the German army as coffin-maker, and in 1852 emigrated to America. After a few months' stay in Buffalo he located on Grand Island, where he was engaged in the woods hewing timber and railroad ties, but in a short time he was found at his trade of carpenter and contracting, which business he followed to the time of his death. After fifteen years on the Island he purchased twenty acres of land where he made him a home and reared his family. He was keenly awake to all the public affairs of the town, affiliating with the Republican party who once elected him to the office of town collector. He was a member of the Catholic church. He was the only member of his family who came to America, and he died in 1873. His wife and ten children survive him and reside on the homestead. Bernard received his education in the common schools and learned the trade of carpentry and followed the business of contracting and building until 1894. In 1893 he erected the hotel he now conducts on the corner of the Base line and Staley roads, his brother Magnes conducting the hotel for him the first year. In 1894 he assumed personal charge of the business to which he has devoted his entire attention since. He was postmaster of the Inland post-office during the last year of Cleveland's administration. He is an active worker and a recognized influence in the Democratic party; he is now one of the town Democratic committeemen. He is a member of the C. B. L. In 1894 he married Frances, daughter of Earnest Henry and Anna (Ferringer) Freeman, and they have one son, Leonard. Mrs. Geschwender is a member of the Ladies of the Maccabees, Hive No. 1, of Grand Island, of which she is ex-finance keeper, which office she held for five years.


Source:
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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