Biography of Rolla A. Van Brocklin


Van Brocklin, Rolla A., Tonawanda, was born in Tonawanda, August 12, 1867. He is the son of Stephen A., a native of Orleans county and traces his descent from John Van Brocklin, who was one of the pioneer settlers of the Mohawk Valley. His son, Alexander, was a moulder by trade and a foreman in Bethany Furnace, where artillery for the United States government was made. His son John erected the first furnace ever built in Orleans county. Stephen A. Van Brocklin came to Tonawanda about 1855 and built a furnace, foundry and machine shop, manufacturing agricultural implements. He married Miss Sarah G. Hill from Maine. Rolla A. was educated in Tonawanda and Buffalo, after which he took up the lumber business. In 1893 he was elected justice of the peace, and in 1896 was re-elected. In 1895 he took an interest in the Twin City Ice Company, in which he is still engaged.

Our County and its people
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Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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