Biography of John Maul Sr.


Maul, John, Sr., one of the successful men of Tonawanda, was born in Bavaria, November 24, 1824. When twenty-two he entered the army and served three years, also served in the war of 1848 for freedom. In 1849 he came to America, spending the first three years near Baltimore, Md., on a farm, and then came to Buffalo, where he engaged in the potash business. After nine years he moved his business to Tonawanda, and after twenty -five years in this business he engaged in the grocery and saloon business, which he conducted successfully for many years. He has also owned farms for many years in different parts of the town; he now owns a farm of 100 acres in Niagara county. His purchase of land in Tonawanda village was a two acre tract which he bought of Mr. Helmer, it being previously owned by the aged Judge Clinton, who bought it in for the taxes, Mr. Maul therefore being the fourth purchaser. In 1895 Mr. Maul sold to the State for $18,000 the laud on which stands the armory of the 25th Separate Company. In 1864 he erected the first part of his present building; in 1894 he was succeeded in the hotel and saloon business by his son George, but he still retains his interest in the grocery and farm, being assisted by his son John. In politics Mr. Maul is a staunch Democrat. He was drafted dur ing the war of the Rebellion and stood his draft. His wife was Barbara Smouse, a native of Bavaria, whom he married in Buffalo in 1852, and they had seven children, five grew to maturity, three sons and two daughters. Mr. Maul is a member of the Lutheran church, in which he has often officiated and is now filling the office of trustee.

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


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