Biography of Otis Dockstader
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Dockstader, Otis, fellow of the American Institute of Architects, was born in Tioga County, Pa., September 1, 1851, and is a son of Henry P. Dockstader, a farmer who died in Tioga County when Otis was twelve years old. The latter was educated at the Wellsboro Academy and at the Michigan University Academy, and graduated from the Cook Academy at Havana in 1877 in a post graduate course. He studied civil engineering and in 1875 was a member of the O. S. coast survey under G. Y. Wisner, of Detroit, Mich. In 1887 Mr. Dockstader came to Elmira and entered the office of Architect Hayes as draughtsman, where he spent four years. In 1881 he spent some time in Albany, and returning to Elmira became an engineer in the construction of the Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western Railway between Horseheads and Corning. In December, 1881, he was made division engineer of the Erie Railroad, having charge of the bridges and construction from Hornellsville to Susquehanna, and remaining thus till October, 1883. He formed an architectural partnership in October, 1883. with Joseph H. Pierce, at Elmira, under the style of Pierce & Dockstader, which continued until March 29, 1890, since which time he has practiced alone. Mr. Dockstader is known far and near as an architect of unusual ability and artistic skill. His designs, many of which have been published in leading architectural papers, have attracted wide recognition and received much worthy praise. His work includes a large number of the finest residences, churches, and public buildings in the State of New York, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere, all of which are standing monuments to his skill and artistic conception. Mr. Dockstader married, in Moreland, N. Y., in 1815, Olive Kelly, and has two daughters and two sons. They are Baptists in religious inclinations. Mr. Dockstader is a member of the Masonic fraternity.

From:
Our County and its people
A History of the Valley and County of Chemung
BY: Ausburn Towner
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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