Biography of Jacob Missert


Missert, Jacob, Buffalo, son of Jacob and Mary (Koib) Missert, natives of Alsace, France, was born in Buffalo, N. Y., January 22, 1854. Jacob Missert, sr., born in 1827, came to this country in 1842 and settled in Buffalo, where he completed an apprenticeship at the shoemaker's trade and where he was engaged in that business for himself from 1848 until his death in April, 1894. He was a Democrat, an early member of the old volunteer fire department, foreman of Engine No. 4, and an exempt fireman. His wife died in October, 1895. They reared eight sons and three daughters. Jacob Missert, jr., the subject of the sketch, attended the common schools, and when twelve years of age began learning the shoemaker's trade with his father. Later lie learned the trade of bookbinder, which he followed from 1868 to 1883, when he became bookkeeper for D. S. Bennett, a prominent elevator owner, which position he held until Mr. Bennett's death in 1894. In 1884 Mr. Missert entered into the dairy business which he has also conducted with success, having headquarters at 1210 Fillmore avenue. His farm is located in Cheektowaga just beyond the city limits. This farm is stocked with about seventy-five cows. He is a prominent Democrat, has been a delegate to four different State conventions and has served as a member of the Democratic General Committee during the past seven years. He has also been a delegate to numerous local political conventions, is a member of his party's executive committee and one of its active and influential leaders and in 1897 was elected a councilman of Buffalo, receiving the largest vote given to any man on his ticket. He has been a member of the C. M. B. A. since its organization and is a member of its grand council and chairman of its committee on supervision and laws. He is also a member of the C. B. L. and the Knights of Columbus. In 1878 he was married in Buffalo, to Margaret, daughter of Thomas Brady of Lindsay, Ontario, Canada, and they have two children living, David B. and Clarissa S. (twins).

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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