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Williams, William A., a native of Germany, was born December 19. 1845, and came to this country with his parents
in 1857, settling in Niagara county, N. Y., where he attended the public schools and the Lockport Union School.
His first business experience was as a clerk in the hat store of Howard Strong, where he remained for three years.
He then entered the service of Jason Collier & Sons, dry goods merchants, and continued with this firm until
1868. when he engaged in business on his own account, in company with Messrs. Lerch & Van Dusen, under the
firm name of Lerch, Williams & Van Dusen, and after the death of Mr. Van Dusen, in 1869, the business was conducted
by Lerch & Williams for ten years. In 1878 the firm of Williams Bros. was organized, which is now one of the
largest wholesale and retail dry goods houses in the city. April 5, 1867, he married Miss Emilie Hutzel of Niagara
Falls, N. Y., and they have two children, a son, Eric Johann Williams, and a daughter, Katherine Hutzel Williams.
Landmarks of Niagara County, New York
Edited by William Pool
D. Mason & Company, Publishers, 1897