Peter Dufrane, for seventy two years a resident of this city, and one of the pioneer shipbuilders of the lakes, died at the home of his niece, Miss Louise Dufrane, 171 West Seneca street, last night in his ninety-third year. Born in Quebec in June, 1821, Mr. Dufrane came to this city in the Spring of 1841 and made his home here since that time.
He was employed as maser shipbuilder in he shipyards of this city and for several years was in charge of the Shickluna yards in St. Catharines. He built the schooner Bolivia for the late Captain M.M. Wheeler at the foot of West Fourth street and her launching from the beach was a notable event.
When the transportation business was in its prime Mr. Dufrane purchased the schooner Augustus Ford and sailed her and later built the schooner E.P. Dorr, which was lost on Lake Erie in the Fall of 1882 with Mr. Dufrane's only son, Captain Peter Dufrane, who was in command.
For a number of years Mr. Dufrane was maser shipbuilder in the Mills yards in Buffalo, but twelve or fifteen years ago he returned in this city and made his home here. Despite his great age he enjoyed excellent health until about a week ago. A few days before his last illness he walked down town and was greeted by many friends. A few days afterwards he was taken with bowel trouble, which resulted in his death.
Mr. Dufrane had led an active life. His excellent health and cheerful, sunny disposition made him one of the remarkable young old men of the city. He was a member of St. Louis's church. His daughter-in-law, Mrs. Julia Whalen Dufrane, of Buffalo, was with him when he died. His other survivors are nephews and nieces.