Biography of Jesse H. Poole


Poole, Jesse H., Buffalo, son of Joseph James and Esther (Slingluff) Poole; was born in Liberty, Frederick county, Md., June 3, 1836, and attended the public schools at New Windsor and Calvert College in his native State. After leaving college he was a clerk in various capacities. In 1856 he accepted a position in the master builder's department of the Pennsylvania Railroad at Altoona, Pa., and at the end of two years removed to Bell's Mills, Pa., where he held a responsible position with Gen. B. F. Bell for another two years. He was connected with the Elizabeth Furnace from 1860 to 1862, when he returned to Altoona and acted as sleeping car conductor on the Pennsylvania Railroad for the Central Transportation Company for one year. From 1863 to 1865 he was conductor on the Northern Central Railroad and from 1865 to February, 1868, superintendent at Chicago for the Central Transportation Company. In 1869 he removed to Buffalo and was engaged in the grocery business under the firm name of Fitch & Poole until 1873, when he became depot agent for the Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad, with which company he has ever since been connected. He advanced rapidly through the different positions to that of purchasing agent, which he has held ever since 1878. He is a member of Mountain Lodge No. 281, F. & A. M., of Altoona, Pa. In 1869 he mairied Maria H., daughter of Henry T. Meech, and a native of Albany, N. Y. They have two sons: Henry M., of tinderhill & Poole, and Walter J., a machinist, both of Buffalo.

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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