Biography of Charles A. Sommer


Sommer, Charles A., Tonawanda, is the youngest of the family of Andrew Sommer, who in the year 1849 settled in the town of Cheektowaga on a farm and afterward became identified in mercantile business in Buffalo; but retiring from active business in. 1859, spending his remaining years on his extensive farm at Cheektowaga. Mr. Sommer spent his early years on his father's farm, and received his first education in the old log school house, and later in the public schools and business college of Buffalo. At the age of fifteen he took up active mercantile life in Buffalo; but before he became, eighteen he enlisted as a soldier and became a member of the 98th Regiment, and later a member of the 187th Regiment, N. Y. Vols., receiving an honorable discharge at the close of the war. After the close of the war Mr. Sommer again followed a mercantile pursuit until in 1869 he entered the U. S. customs service and held several responsible positions during the ten years he was identified with it. In 1879 he left the customs service to take a responsible position in the Western Savings Bank at Buffalo, but after a few years his health became very poor and he was compelled to give up indoor work. In 1884 Mr. Sommer came to Tonawanda and established the Niagara Cider and Vinegar Works, which was afterwards merged into a stock company and of which he became, and is now, the treasurer and manager. Mr. Somrner has been a prominent member of the National Guard of this State, having served as an officer of the 74th and 65th Regiments, and was also the first captain of the 25th Separate Company of Tonawanda. Mr. Sommer has also served two terms as president of the village of Tonawanda, and is a prominent member of the G. A. R., and the Masonic fraternity; in the latter he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Masonic Life Association of Western New York.

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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