Biography of James H. Ullenbruch
Erie County, NY Biographies


Ullenbruch, James H., Buffalo, is the second son of Joseph and Christina (Huger) Ullenbruch, and was born March 28, 1858, in Germany. In 1871 the family came to America and settled in Detroit, Mich., where Joseph Ullenbruch was engaged in the wholssale grocery business until his death about 1886. James H. attended a grammar school in his native country until he was eleven years of age, and afterward spent two years in the academy at Bonn, on the Rhine. On arriving in Detroit he entered Bryant & Stratton's Business College. from which he was graduated in 1873; he then entered the optical store and manufactory of L. Black & Co., opticians, of that city, with whom he remained until 1882, serving two years in the factory, and being in charge of their retail business for two years and later of the wholesale department In 1876 he took a special course under Dr. Eugene Smith, the noted oculist. He thoroughly learned every branch of the optical business, from the minutest details of the manufacture to the work of skillfully fitting and adjusting the lens, and by careful study and untiring devotion has placed himself in the front rank of the leading opticians of the country. Novevember 27, 1879. he married Caroline M., daughter of the late M. J. Hechtnes, of Detroit. In 1882 Mr. Ullenbruch removed to Buffalo and purchased the optical establishment of J. M. Ollendorff, then located at No. 274 Main street, which he moved in May, 1896, to No. 286 Main street. For several years he handled optical goods exclusively, but recently has added a line of watches, diamonds, and fine jewelry. Mr. Ullenbruch has been eminently successful in this business, and is a recognized leader of his profession in the city. He is past chancellor of Branch 15, C. M. B. A., president of Catholic Institute Council, No. 174 C. B. L., treasurer of the Buffalo Catholic Institute, and a trustee of St. Louis church. As a citizen he is public spirited, enterprising and progressive.

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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