Biography of William H. Kurtz
Erie County, NY Biographies


Kurtz, William H., was one of the representative business men of Buffalo, a large dealer in timber, with his office in the Builders' Exchange building, where he was a prominent and highly respected member of the Builders' Exchange. Mr. Kurtz was born in the village of Lancaster, N. Y., March 7, 1851, and was educated in the common schools. He came to Buffalo when a young man and for a number of years acted as clerk for his father, who was then keeper of the Erie County Almshouse, after which he was employed by Joseph Metz, the lumberman. In 1884 Mr. Kurtz engaged in the lumber business with Mr. McNiel, under the firm name of McNiel & Kurtz. In 1891 the W. H. Kurtz Company was organized, Mr. Kurtz being chosen manager and treasurer, which position he held to the time of his death, July 20, 1897. He was a member of Harmonie Lodge, F. & A. M.. and Lake Erie Commandery, being a thirty-second degree Mason. January 19, 1881, he married Etta M., daughter of Robert O. and Julia E. Meidrum of Buffalo, and they had two daughters and one son, who with his wife survive him. He was a devoted husband and father; his true character was best shown in the environments of one of the happiest of homes.

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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