Biography of Jacob M. Roesch


Roesch, Jacob M., Buffalo, born in Buffalo, N. Y., March 24, 1857, is the son of Jacob Roesch and Anna Herman, natives of Germany. His father and grandfather were both butchers. Jacob Roesch, born in 1829, came to Buffalo about 1855 and followed his trade until 1895, when he retired and engaged in the confectionery business. He is a Democrat and has served as market clerk two years. Jacob M. Roesch attended the public schools and began active life at the age of thirteen as clerk in the meat market of Andrew Rupprecht. He has always followed the meat and butchering business, spending some time in Cleveland, St. Louis, Sauna, Kan., and Tidiout, Pa., where he married a sister (Julia) of his employer, Henry Fuelihart. Returning to Buffalo in 1878 he has since been engaged in the meat business, having a stall at Washington Market, a meat market at the corner of Ferry and Niagara streets and a packing house on Oak street and also carries on a large shipping trade. Since January, 1895, he has been market clerk, under appointment of Mayor Jewett, who in his report for 1895 says: "The market clerk has managed the markets on business principles, making a record for honesty and efficiency second to that of no other city employee. Under his careful supervision the expenses have been diminished, while the receipts have increased to an astonishing degree. Besides demonstrating his efficiency in the financial management of his department, the clerk has given close attention to the quality of the food sold on the markets and has seized and destroyed unwhoksome meat and vegetables which, in good condition, would have been worth over $15,000. In this way he has contributed materially to the health of the city. It is not exaggerating the case to say that more has been done by the present market clerk towards making the markets self-sustaining than was ever accomplished by any of his predecessors." Mr. Roesch is a member of the Elks, a stockholder in the Co-operative Brewery, the Union Bank and the Boughton Telephotos Company and is extensively interested in real estate, three land companies, and a market and slaughter house at Bridgeburg, Ont. In 1880 he married Julia, daughter of John and Philipene (Freudenburger) Fuellhart, and a native of St. Mary's, Pa., and their children are John Jacob, Charles Edward and Lillian Philipene. John Fuelihart was a professor in Germany and a civil engineer and surveyor in Pennsylvania.

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