Biography of Jacob Petzing


Petzing, Jacob, Buffalo, battalion chief of the Fourth District Buffalo Fire Department, is one of a family of three sons and two daughters of Jacob and Caroline (Rodenbach) Petzing, and was born in Germany October 22, 1851. The family came to Buffalo in 1852, and there the father was engaged in business as a baker for many years. In 1864 he enlisted in Co. D, 187th N. Y. Vols., and served until the close of the war. Jacob Petzing was graduated from public school No. 12 at the age of fourteen, and then became a clerk in a store and later in an insurance office. He learned and followed the trade of upholstering until 1873, when he took charge of the shop of Burrell, McEwen & Co., which position he held until 1880. In 1873 he also became a volunteer member of American Hook & Ladder Co., No. 3. of which he was secretary and afterward foreman. In 1880 he was appointed a captain in the present fire department and in August, 1895, while on a vacation, was promoted battalion chief, which position he has since filled with signal ability. In politics he is a Republican. His service as a fireman covers a period of twenty-four years, and during that time he has been conspicuous at all the important fires in the city. He is a member of the Buffalo Firemen's Beneficiary Association and of the K. O. T. M. May 30, 1872, he married Sophia, daughter of Christopher and Sophia Harmes, of Buffalo, and they have four sons and a daughter.

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