Biography of Clarence E. Safford


Safford, Clarence E., Buffalo, is a son of Henry B. and Sophia (Van Tyne) Safford, and was born at Clarence Center, Erie county. N. Y., April 12, 1850. On his father's side he is of English descent. His mother's ancestors were early Knickerbocker settlers. His paternal grandfather came to Erie county by wagon from Connecticut in the summer of 1826, when Henry B. was an infant, and was for many years a justice of the peace, being in politics a Jacksonian Democrat. The Van Tynes were also early settlers of this county, the mothex of Clarence E. being a daughter of E. G. Van Tyne, who was born in the town of Clarence in 1846, and who married Mary M. Magoffin, who was born in Ohio in the same year. Henry B. Safford sawed the first ties for that section of the New York Central Railroad in the vicinity of Cheektowaga. Clarence B. Safford received a liberal education in the public schools, and for several years was connected with his father's furniture factory. Later he went to Titusville, Pa., to accept a position in the radiator works of T. C. Joy, afterward becoming superintendent of the plant. During this service he made numerous experiments in practical heating, and secured valuable patents on radiators. In 1887 he established at Toronto, Ontario, the Toronto Radiator Manufacturing Company. In 1893 he removed to Buffalo and continued this business under the name of the International Radiator Company. This company is still engaged in the manufacture of radiators under patents obtained by Mr. Safford. He is a member of the Odd Fellows, and a public spirited, enterprising citizen. January 5, 1871, he married Charity, daughter of W. L. Lane, of Titusville, Pa., and their children are Lafayette E., Harry L., Mary S. and Clarence W.

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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