John M. Ansteth & Co.

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Ansteth, John M., & Co., Buffalo, is one of the leading dry goods firms in Buffalo. The house was established by John M. Ansteth in April, 1882, at the corner of Clinton and Raze (now Clare) streets, and later was removed to 1841 Niagara street. Five years afterwards Mr. Austeth added a shoe business at 1839 Niagara street, and Philip H. Ansteth was admitted to partnership. the firm name becoming John M. Ansteth & Co. In May, 1894, a branch store was established at the corner of Amherst and Grant streets, and in 1896 the present spacious building was erected by Mr. Ansteth at the corner of Grant street and Military road, whither the entire business was removed and consolidated in May, 1897. This is the largest and best known retail dry goods establishment in Buffalo west of Main street, and owes its successful growth to the enterprise, business ability and energy of its founder. John M. Ansteth was born in Buffalo, N. Y., May 6, 1860. His parents, John and Margaret (Steger) Ansteth, came to this country from Germany in the early fifties and settled in Buffalo, where they were married. His father, who was for several years a street inspector, died in September, 1887, honored and respected by many friends. Mr. Ansteth was educated in private schools and was engaged in various mercantile pursuits until he established his present business in 1882. He is a member of Occidental Lodge No. 766, F. and A. M.; of Red Jacket Lodge No. 238, I. O. O. F., and of St, John's Young Men's Benevolent Association. Philip H. Ansteth, the junior member of the firm and a son of John Ansteth and Margaret Soeger, was born August 2, 1866, in Buffalo, and received a public school education. He was employed in the carriage painting business for some time prior to becoming a partner with his brother, John M. He is a member of the order of Foresters.


Source:
Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898

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