Biography of William E. Wolley
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Woolley, William Edgar, Buffalo, a native of Long Branch, N. J., has been engaged in the hotel business since he attained his maturity. He was for some time proprietor of the Hotel Bristol, Fifth avenue and 42d street, New York, and in 1889 removed to Buffalo to form a partnership with Henry M. Gerrans, a native of Dunkirk, N. Y., and a resident of Buffalo since 1869. They have ever since been the proprietors of the Iroquois Hotel, making it one of the most popular and best known hostelries in the country. It is safe to say that no house in America has a better or wider reputation. The building was completed in 1889 and opened by Wooley & Gerrans, and stands on historic ground, the ground having been occupied by the first theatre in Buffalo, St. James's Hall, the Young Men's Association rooms and library, Bunnell's Museum, and the Richmond Hotel. In 1892 Woolley & Ferrans also leased the Grand Union Hotel at Saratoga Springs, which they have since conducted during the summer seasons.


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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