Biography of Henry W. Long
Erie County, NY Biographies


Long, Henry W., p. o. Peach Haven, was born in Grand Island, February 7, 1864. His grandparents, John and Sophia (Heulker) Long, came to America in 1858 and after a few years' residence in Tonawanda moved to Grand Island, where after five years the father and his Sons purchased 393 acres, which they worked and cleared. He later divided the farm equally among his six Sons and died in 1871 at the age of sixty two. His wife died in 1890 at the age of seventy six. They were both members of the German Evangelical Church. Jochin H., the father of Henry W., was born in Mechlenburg, Germany, November 22, 1836, and came to America with his parents, remaining in Tonawanda, where after several years he engaged in the flour and feed business. He later engaged with John Nice filling contracts hauling wood, timbers, etc., with whom he remained six years, and then bought land with his father and brothers. He was destined to become one of the leading men of his town. Always being keenly awake to the public welfare of his town he was soon a recognized influence, affiliating with the Republican party. He was elected to and filled the offices of commissioner of highways several terms, assessor eight years, supervisor three terms, and often represented his party at conventions, etc. To his sixty-six acres of land he added 160 more. His wife was Katherine Spohr, born in Germany, and their children are Henry W., Bertha, George, Sarah (died when fifteen), William, Mary, John, Katharine, Charles, Edward, Samuel, Harry and Laura. He died in June, 1887, and his wife survives him and resides on the homestead. Henry W. Long remained on the farm, assisting in a general way, and after the death of his father he and his brother George purchased a 120 acre farm from his father's heirs. They took advantage of the high prices paid for land on the island in 1892 and sold the farm for a good large sum. Henry reserved five acres on the corner of the Base line and Ransom roads, where he has made a residence place. He still continues on the farm, operating 240 acres, which he leases. He is the proprietor of a cider mill, which he also operates. He is one of the directors and stockholders in the Grand Island Creamery. In politics he is a Republican and filled the office of inspector of customs under President Harrison, being stationed at Eagle Park. October 17, 1888, he married Flora E., daughter of Peter and Dora Seyler, and they had two sons and two daughters. Mr. Long is a memher of the L. O. T. M., and he and his wife are members of the German Evangelical Church.

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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