Biography of William B. Jackson


Jackson, William B., Holland, son of Saxton K. Jackson, a farmer and writing teacher of Vermont Hill, Holland. was born March 20, 1858, on Vermont Hill near the village of Holland, and by the death of his father was left the almost sole support of his mother and five small children. His early education was such as could be obtained in the district school where he resided and from select schools in the village of Holland, which he attended in the autumn, between the terms of the summer and winter district school. May 11, 1874, he commenced clerking in the store of Morey & Stickney, where he worked three months for his board, after which he received $10 per month for some time, and by strict attention to business he received promotion. Mr. Morey retired in two years and Mr. Jackson borrowed $1,000 and formed a partnership with Mr. Stickney, under the firm name of Stickney & Jackson, which partnership continued for seven years, when Mr. Stickney became superintendent of the Erie Penitentiary, selling his entire interest in their two stores, one at Holland, the other at Protection, N. Y., to Mr. Jackson. In 1888 Mr. Jackson suffered the loss of his Holland store by fire, but nothing daunted, he immediately opened up business in the large dining room of the Lowry House, closing out the stock rescued from the fire and continuing there until his large store was completed and ready for occupancy. Since then, by his energy and thrift, he has helped to inaugurate a sound system of water works in Holland, by taking about one.third of the capital stock of $10,000. He is now president of the company and largely through his efforts the Bank of Holland was established, he having been president since its organization in 1893. He was postmaster four years under Harrison's administration. In 1895 was elected to the office of supervisor for two years and re-elected in March, 1897. Mr. Jackson is a prominent Mason, Odd Fellow, Maccabee and a member of the Order of the Iroquois. He is largely interested in real estate, owning property in Holland, Colden, pine lands in Mississippi and a large farm in South Dakota. He is also interested in the Rochester Loan and Savings Association. January 12, 1881, he married M. Zina Vaughan, step-daughter of John O'Riley, and they have three daughters, Mabel, Isabel and Annabel.

Our County and it's people
a descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Trumen C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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