Biography of William F. Wendt
Erie County, NY Biographies


Wendt, William Franz, Buffalo, son of William Franz and Louise (Weichman) Wendt, was born in Buffalo. N. Y., July 2, 1858, was educated in public school 32 and at the Central High school, and became a bookkeeper for R. W. Bell & Co. In 1878 he purchased a half interest in the newly established Buffalo Forge Company. He took the financial charge of the business and in 1883 became sole owner, buying out his partner, Charles Hammelmann. In 1886 his brother Henry W. was admitted to partnership. The business has grown steadily and rapidly, and is now one of the largest portable forge manufactories in the United States. The manufacture of heating and ventilating apparatus was begun in 1884 and of high speed automatic engines in 1893. Selling agencies are maintained in London, Paris and St. Petersburg and in the large cities of this country. Mr. Wendt is a prominent member of the Republican League, was one of the ten men who built the first electric railroad from Buffalo to Tonawanda in 1888, is a director in the Citizens Bank and a member of the Lutheran church, and is a real estate commissioner of the German Young Men's Astociation. November 8, 1882, he married Mary Gies, of Buffalo, and they have two daughters, Gertrude Mary and Margaret Louise.

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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