Biography of James Holmwood


Holmwood, James, Buffalo, was born in Sussex, England, in 1841, came to this country with his parents, who settled in Southern Illinois, where they remained one season and returned to Buffalo and lived in the city about two years; they then moved to the town of East Hamburg, Erie county, where his father bought a farm and lived there several years. In 1862 James Holmwood came to Buffalo and worked in the grocery store of Webster & Co. (then one of the leading retail stores) for two years. After that he accepted a position as bookkeeper for Hastings & Bell, wholesale grocers, where he remained two years. He then entered the employ cf Henry Hearne, wholesale confectioner, as bookkeeper and confidential manager for about seven years. The following few months he was in Cleveland engaged in the galvanizing iron business, but sold out and returned to Buffalo. In 1873 the firm of Sibley & Holmwood was formed, of which he is at present a member. This firm is one of the largest manufacturers of confectionery in the United States at present writing, having recently moved to the commodious building, 149-155 Swan street, which was erected expressly for their business, where they have all modern machinery and appliances to be run by electricity.

Our County and its people
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Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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