Biography of Frederick Ogden
Erie County, NY Biographies


Ogden, Frederick, Buffalo, was born in Northampton, England, in 1837, and came to this country in 1854. In 1855 he began the milling business in the old Etna mill in Rochester, where he remained until 1857, when he accepted a position in a mill at Thorold, Canada. In April, 1858, he came to Buffalo and entered the old Globe mill of Thornton & Chester at Black Rock, where he remained ten years, when he took charge of their new mill on Erie street, called the National Mills; he continued in this latter capacity until June, 1878. During nineteen years of this period he was the firm's trusted and capable head miller. In 1878 he accepted a favorable position which called him to England for nine months, and on returning to Buffalo in 1879 he was offered his old position with Thornton & Chester, which he declined for the purpose of engaging in business for himself. In company with John Esser, who had been Thornton & Chester's retailer and shipper, he leased the North Buffalo mill at Black Rock, and soon afterward H. C. Zimmerman was admitted to partnership. After eighteen months Mr. Ogden disposed of his interest; very shortly, however, he again associated himself with Messrs. Esser and Zimmerman and built the present Banner mill. In. March, 1887, Mr. Zimmerman sold out to the present proprietors, who are John Esser, Frederick Ogden, and Henry F. Shuttleworth, and who continue the business of the Banner Milling Company. In 1887 he secured the old Erie mill at Black Rock, remodeled and renamed it the Marine Mill, and now operates it on spring wheat. Mr. Ogden is one of the best known and most experienced millers of Western New York. As a business man and citizen he is progressive, energetic, and highly esteemed and respected. He was married in 1858 to Miss Susan Haynes, daughter of William Haynes, of Canfleld, Ontario, and they have three daughters and two sons, who are living: Frances Olivia, William Thomas, Frederick E., Alice Maria, and Susan Blanche.

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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