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his property, and Jesse Ketchum bought it at a very low price. A prosperous tannery was located on one of the sites, and soon Mr. Ketchum acquired a large fortune. His son, William, had moved to Buffalo, and Mr. Ketchum established a branch of his tannery on Main Street, between Allen and High. In 1832, he retired from active work, and after settling his property among his children in Canada, he permanently moved to Buffalo. In 183^1-, he established his second family when he married Mary Ann Rubergall whom he met on one of his trips to Buffalo. Mr. Ketchum bought property on North Street and built a large house. Mrs. Ketchum died in 1869. Only one child of their three lived to maturity, a daughter named Emma. Jesse Ketchum was Buffalo's first true philanthropist. He spent the remainder of his life pursuing educational matters. He took part in discussions concerning schools, donated land for school buildings, and contributed liberal sums of money to educational fund Up until the last week of his life, he was a constant visitor in the Buffalo schools, managing to visit every classroom in every school at least once a year. He always carried with him books for teachers and pupils alike. Just as the school children of Toronto spoke of him affectionately as Uncle Jesse, so the school children of Buffalo callee him Good Father Ketchum. On June 23, 1866, the annual "Festival of the teachers" of the public schools of the city was held on Jesse Ketchum's "hay field."

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