Biography of William E. Tence


Tench, William E., Buffalq, was born in Earlville, Iowa, in June, 1856. He received his elementary education at the public schools graduated from the Toronto University in 1887. After graduation he engaged in railroad work and his first experience was as a civil engineer on the Geneva. and Lyons Railroad, after which he was assistant engineer on the New York Central and Hudson River. Railroad for two years. He then engaged in building railroads and his first work was that of the Hamilton and Northwestern Railroad of Canada, and different railroads throughout the United States and Canada. In 1893 he formed a copartnership with D; A. Crage and since that time they have built the Great Gorge Road, the Lewiston and Youngstown Frontier Electric Railroad, and the Buffalo and Susquehanna Railroad. This firm is the largest employer of Italian labor in the country, giving steady employment to from eight hundred to one thousand workmen. They also conduct two large wholesale grocery stores, one in Buffalo and one in Niagara Falls, as well as a private bank at each place. They are also agents for the TransAtlantic Steamship Company, and are general ticket agents.

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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