Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Jacob Buyer, Proprietor of the Sandusky File and Saw Works

From 1868 to the end of the 1890s, Jacob Buyer was the proprietor of the Sandusky File and Saw Works. The factory was located on the east side of Fulton Street, between Water and Market Streets. It was a small operation, not far from Barney & Kilby’s Machine Shop and Foundry, and J.C. Butler’s Planing Mill, Sash, Door and Blind Factory.

The company dealt in saws of every description, and old files could be re-cut, with a warranty that stated the file would be equal to new.  Jacob Buyer was the son of Nicholas Buyer and his wife, the former Ellen Kane. Nicholas Buyer was born in Germany, and Ellen Kane Buyer had been born in Ireland. In 1891 Jacob Buyer received patent number 462,075 for a file-cutting machine.

By the time of the 1900 Census, Jacob and Ellen Buyer were residing on Wade Park Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio, with several of their children. On May 15, 1912, Jacob Buyer died in Cleveland. His remains were returned to Sandusky, Ohio for burial at the St. Joseph Cemetery. A biographical sketch about Jacob Buyer is found in The History of Erie County, edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich, (D. Mason and Co., 1889.)  

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