Biography of Wadsworth J. Zittel


Zittel, Wadsworth J., Buffalo, treasurer of Erie county, was born in Detroit, Mich., November 24, 1855. His father, George Zittel, a native of Alsace-Lorraine, France, came to Buffalo with his brothers and sisters in the early thirties and later moved to Detroit, where he died at the age of seventy-eight. He was a machinist by trade and a Democrat in politics, and by his wife Margaret had two sons and three daughters. Mr. Zittel, the youngest of the family, was graduated from the public schools and from Bryant & Stratton's Business College, and when fifteen years old went to Akron, O., where he became a clerk in a wholesale drug and grocery house. In 1873 he came to Buffalo and entered the employ of Philip Becker & Co., wholesale grocers, with whom he remained fifteen years, rising step by step to the position of traveling salesman. Afterward he was associated with Jacob Dold in the management of his large packing house in Wichita, Kan., until 1891, when he returned to Buffalo and engaged in manufacturing and wholesaling confections with Michael Hausauer and his son, George M. Hausauer, under the firm name of the Buffalo Candy Company, at 27 and 29 Ellicott street. This business has been successful from the start and is now one of the largest of the kind in Western New York, giving employment to a large force of factory and store employees and traveling salesmen. The business extends from Maine to the Missouri River. Mr. Zittel has always been a staunch Republican and active in the councils of his party, but has invariably declined public office until 1897, when he was elected treasurer of Erie county by a handsome majority. He is a 32d degree Mason and a member of the Odd Fellows and several social organizations. As a business man and citizen he is highly respected for his ability, integrity and progressiveness. He married Sarah, daughter of Philip Goetz of Buffalo, and they have a son and two daughters.

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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