Biography of Lucas H. Van Alen
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Van Alen, Lucas H., Buffalo, son of Isaac I. and Anna (Van Alen) Van Alen, was born in the town of Kinderhook, Columbia county, N. Y., March 1, 1863, and came with his parents to Buffalo in 1868. His father was well known in business and political circles, and for seven years was a member of the Buffalo Common Council. He is descended from John De Lue Van Alen, who settled in Massachusetts in the later half of the seventeenth century. His mother's ancestor was James J. Van Alen. Lucas H. Van Alen attended the public schools of Buffalo, was graduated from the Central High School, and in 1881 removed to New York city and engaged in the ice business with his father and brother, Isaac I., jr. Shortly afterward he accepted a position as telegraph operator with the Erie Railroad Company, which he served in various capacities, becoming train dispatcher and later chief dispatcher. In 1890 he was made train dispatcher of the Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg Railroad, but six months afterward returned to the Erie in the same capacity, and in May, 1892, entered the service of the Lehigh Valley Railroad Company as train master and assistant to the general northern superintendent, T. H. Fennell. On May 1, 1896, Mr. Van Alen was appointed permanent superintendent, which position he still holds, with headquarters in Buffalo. He is a member of Frontier City Lodge, No. 422, F. & A. M.


Source:
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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