Biography of Otto Ulbrich


Ulbrich, Otto, Buffalo, was born in Magdeburg, Prussia. August 6, 1842, received a private school education, and when twelve years of age came to America settling in Buffalo. Here he attended the Buffalo public schools, and when fourteen years old became a clerk in the bookstore of Loring Danforth, remaining with him and his successors until about 1861, when he accepted a position as bookkeeper with Martin Taylor, bookseller, with whom he remained ten years. In 1871 he formed a copartnership with Charles Herger, under the firm name of Herger & T Ulbrich and engaged in the book business in the old St. James block. Eight years later this firm dissolved and Mr. Ulbrich and Spencer S. Kingsley continued the business under the style of Ulbrich & Kingsley until they were burned out in the great Richmond Hotel fire of March 17, 1887. Since then Mr. Ulbrich has carried on the business alone, first in the Arcade until that building was burned and after that at 386 Main street. He is one of the oldest and most successful booksellers in Buffalo, and is widely known and respected. He has been a member of Ancient Landmarks Lodge No, 441, F. & A. M., since he was twenty-three years old, and was one of the organizers of the Buffalo Orpheus Singing Society, which he has served in various official capacities. In June, 1872, he married Miss Margaret Wuest of Buffalo, and they have five daughters: Minnie, Adele, Clara, Edna and Margaret.

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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