Biography of Henry Schaefer


Schaefer, Henry (deceased), was born April 21, 1832, in the town of Wieseck, near Giesen, Grosherzogthum Hessen, Germany, and educated in the village schools. In 1849 he emigrated to this country, accompanied by his mother, a sister and brother, settling in Buffalo. For two years he found employment as a laborer on the Erie Canal at seventy-five cents per day. He then connected himself with S. Woods, a prominent contractor of Buffalo, and continued at this business for seven years, during which time he mastered all the details, and in 1864 began to take contracts for himself. Beginning in a small way, he steadily advanced until he reached a foremost place as a builder and contractor. In 1885 his strong constitution gave way under the long and excessive strain of business, and he returned to his old home in Germany to seek restoration, but in vain. In July of the following year he died, leaving a widow, one daughter and three sons, all residing now in Buffalo. Mr. Schaefer was a man of remarkable character, strong, energetic, reliable and honorable. His integrity was unimpeachable, his honesty and uprightness became recognized by every one who came in contact with him. He left a name and business reputation of which his children are proud. The large and prosperous business which he established is carried on by his sons, under the firm name of Henry Schaefer's Sons, as reliable and responsible a firm as exists to-day in the city 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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