Biography of William I. Masten
Erie County, NY Biographies


Masten, William I., Buffalo, has been prominently identified with the manufacture of pants, shirts and overalls in that city for many years, and is at the head of one of the largest establishments of this kind in the country. He was born in Wayne county, N. Y., February 18, 1857. His education was obtained from the public schools and the Arcade Academy, from which institution he was honorably graduated in the class of '75. His first business experience was that of a retail grocer, in which he was very successful and continued for a number of years. Prior to his connection in the manufacturing business he was employed as a traveling salesman for Arend & Morgan, a wholesale dry goods house, in whose employ he continued until 1884, when he became a member of the firm of Elwood, Masten & Bean, which copartnership was continued until 1887, and was succeeded by Messrs. W. I. Masten & Co., the present style of the firm. The premises occupied are large and spacious, and they give employment to a large number of people. Mr. Masten is a member of a number of social clubs and societies, being prominently identified with all branches of Masonry. He was married in November, 1886, to Miss Ida M. Goodsell of Olean, N. Y.

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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