Biography of Volney P. Kinne


Kinne, Volney P., Buffalo.-This popular and genial men's furnishing goods merchant was born in Wheatland, Madison county, N. Y., September 9, 1863. His parents removed to Buffalo when he was but twelve years of age, where he obtained his education from the public schools. After leaving school he was employed in the dry goods establishment of A. A. Kendall, where he remained for six years, when he accepted a responsible position with Adam, Meidrum & Anderson. In 1886 he purchased a half interest in the men's furnishing goods business which had been established by his former employer, A. A. Kendall, in the old Ellicott Square. He was married, September 20, 1887, to Gertrude A. Lockrow, daughter of ex-Alderman Harmon M. Lockrow. In 1891 the Kinne & Shearer Co. was formed, of which he is still an active member. Kinne & Shearer Co. occupy the entire five-story building 357 Main street, adjoining the Hotel Iroquois, where they have a model establishment. Aside from having the finest men's furnishing goods business in the city, they have a large custom shirt factory and also a large laundry. Mr. Kinne is president of the Como Terrace improvement Company, which has a fine tract of land on the shore of Como Lake in the pretty suburban village of Lancaster, N. Y., where he has just completed a beautiful residence. He is active in the work of the Baptist denomination, and was instrumental in establishing the First Baptist church of Lancaster, of which he is deacon and trustee. Mr. Kinne is a member of the Ellicott Club, Buffalo Yacht Club, Buffalo Historical Society, and Washington Lodge No. 240, F. & A. M.

Our County and it's people
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Edited by: Trumen C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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