Biography of Robert H. Hebard

Hebard, Robert H., Buffalo, son of George F. and Susan M. (Gillespie) Hebard, was born in Buffalo, N. Y., May 10, 1847, and received a public and private school education. Early in 1865 he enlisted in Co. I, 8th N. Y. Cav., and served for five months in Custer's brigade. At the close of the war he returned to Buffalo and accepted a position in the office of the Western Union Telegraph Company, and in 1870 associated himself with the Union Steamboat Company, with whom lie remained twenty years, becoming assistant general manager under Washington Bullard. He resigned this position in 1890. On the organization of the Lake Erie Transportation Company (Wabash Lake Line) in 1887 he was appointed their agent at Buffalo, which position he has ever since held. This company operates a line of four steamers between Buffalo and Toledo in the interest of the Wabash railroad. It also operates the American Transit Company, which was organized in 1889 to carry westbound freight on the Erie Canal between New York and Buffalo, and which now has connection with three lake transportation lines for all points in the West. Mr. Hebard is manager of the company. In 1892 he also became the Buffalo agent of the newly organized Minneapolis, St. Paul & Buffalo Steamship Company (" Soo" line) and since 1893 has been the general manager. This company operates four steamers, total capacity 7,500 tons, between Gladstone, Mich.. and Buffalo, in the interest of the Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railway, and carries from 5,000,000 to 6,000,000 bushels of grain, about 1,500,000 barrels of flour, and 100,000 tons of coal and merchandise annually. As the representative of these three great transportation companies Mr. Hebard enjoys a wide reputation. He is a man of the highest integrity and great business ability and has built up for his corporations an extensive patronage, making each one of them successful from the start. He is a member of Washington Lodge No. 240, F. & A. M., Buffalo Chapter No. 71, R. A. M., Hugh de Payens Commandery No. 30, K. T., and Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, and is also a member and for three years was a trustee of the Buffalo Merchants' Exchange. July 19, 1871, he married Kate Pease, daughter of Captain William T. Pease of Buffalo, and they have three children Fannie B., Marion H. and Walter C.

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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