Biography of John D. Meister
Erie County, NY Biographies


Meister, John D., Buffalo, was born in Neustadt. Ontario, March 23, 1863, and came to Buffalo with his parents when a mere child. He was educated in the public schools of this city, and studied medicine with Dr. Hubbard A. Foster, but never completed the course to take the degree. For a number of years he represented the well known hardware house of Waibricige & Co., as their traveling salesman; he also acted in the same capacity for the Standard Oil Company of New York. In 1884 he was elected secretary and manager of the Minneapolis Mutual Life Insurance Company of Minneapolis, Minn., and the Single Men's Endowment Association of the same city; both positions he resigned shortly after acceptance, owing to a disagreement between Mr. Meister and the board of directors as to the policy of management, they not being in harmony with the progressive ideas of Mr. Meister (both companies have since been obliged to discontinue business). Ex-Governor McGill, then commissioner of insurance for Minnesota, made a proposition to Mr. Meister to enter his department, which he declined, and returned to Buffalo and re entered the employ of Walbridge & Co. and the Standard Oil Company in the capacity of traveling representative. In 1886 he married Sadie L. Luxford of Buffalo, and they had three children; Vida Grenville, born in 1888; Mildred Luxford, born in 1889; and Frederick G., born in 1892, died in 1893. Mr. Meister is engaged in various enterprises and connected with many corporations, is president of the Kenmore Electric Land Co., treasurer of the Commercial Land and Improvement Co., president of the Westinghouse Axle Co., secretary of the Buffalo Steel House Co., secretary and treasurer of the Wa-Fa No Cycle Mfg. Co., secretary of the King Land Co., secretary and treasurer of the International Garbage Crematory Co., and is the junior member of the firm of Curtiss & Meister (Gen. James E. Curtiss, commissioner of police being the senior member), who do a general real estate and mortgage banking business at No. 122 Franklin street.

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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