Forest Lawn Cemetery - Table of Contents

The Schoellkopf Family of Buffalo, NY - Table of Contents

Paul A. Schoellkopf, Jr. Monument (Section 6)
Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, NY



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The monument is a family-owned antique well

The ornamentation replicates Classical Greek dancing women

Wrought-iron ornamentation at the top of the well

Born in Niagara Falls, Paul Schoellkopf, Jr. (1917?-2000) attended Park School, Gow School and Cornell University and was a past president of the Cornell Club in Niagara Falls. In 1940 he enlisted in the 209th Coast Artillery, serving in the European Theater of World War II. He spent a year in Africa and a year in Italy and was discharged from the Army as a lieutenant colonel. Schoellkopf lived in Lewiston for many years while working in Buffalo, where he later moved.

In America, Paul Schoellkopf Jr. was the fourth generation of the family going back to Jacob F. Schoellkopf, who settled in Buffalo in 1844. In 1877, the entrepreneur invested $71,000 in an unfinished hydraulic canal at Niagara Falls. Completing it, he diverted water from the mighty Niagara River to turn waterwheels downstream for grinding flour and manufacturing paper.

The Schoellkopf Generating Station was built in 1896, making Buffalo the first major city to light its streets and power its streetcars with electricity. Schoellkopf's venture eventually became the Niagara Mohawk Power Corp.

The Schoellkopfs sold the last of their interest in Niagara Mohawk in 1956 and continued pursuing investments through their Niagara Share Corp., an investment fund started by his family in the 1920s. which was traded on the New York Stock Exchange.


Paul Schoellkopf, Jr., 83, of Buffalo, was chairman of the board of the former Niagara Share Corp. located at 70 Niagara Street. It was worth $215,760,000 when it was dissolved by the family in 1992.

In addition to Niagara Share, Paul Schoellkopf also was chairman and chief executive officer of Crescent Niagara Corp. (headquartered at 70 Niagara St.) maker of the crescent wrench.

He was a trustee and treasurer of the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, board chairman of its foundation, chairman of the Niagara Falls YMCA and a director of the city's Convention Center and Visitors Bureau. At the time he received a Buffalo News Citizen of the Year Award in 1983, he was the longest-serving member of the board of US Air. Schoellkopf also was a director of the Marine Midland Bank, Trico Products, the AM&A's department stores and many other companies.

Schoellkopf long enjoyed speedboats, show horses, duck hunting on Lake Erie and fox hunting in the Genesee Valley. He also had served as a board member of the Buffalo Sabres.

Survivors include his wife, the former Jane Murray; three daughters, Ann Jewett, Jane Banta and Susan Schoellkopf; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Trinity Episcopal Church, 371 Delaware Ave.

-- Source: Buffalo News, October 9, 2000


Businessman Paul A. Schoellkopf Jr., whose great-grandfather brought hydroelectric power to Niagara Falls and Buffalo, died Sunday (Oct. 8, 2000) in Buffalo General Hospital after a short illness.

Schoellkopf, 83, of Buffalo, was chairman of the board of the former Niagara Share Corp., an investment fund started by his family in the 1920s. It was worth $215,760,000 when it was dissolved by the family in 1992.

The Schoellkopfs trace their roots back to 1238, when a member of the family was appointed chief justice of the German town of Esslingen.

In America, Paul Schoellkopf's was the fourth generation of the family going back to Jacob F. Schoellkopf...

- Source: Anthony Cardinale,  Buffalo News, October 9, 2000


Schoellkopf was president of Niagara Hudson Power Corporation in 1928. See National Register of Historic Places  Nomination for the Niagara Hudson Building

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Photos and their arrangement 2002 Chuck LaChiusa
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