Biography of William C. Dinsmore


Dinsmore, William C., a representative citizen of Grand Island, was born at Black Rock, Buffalo, November 1, 1843, one of two sons and three daughters born to John and Anna (De Land) Dinsmore, natives of the north of Ireland, of Scotch parentage. John was one of three brothers, two of whom came to America in 1832. He located at Black Rock, where he followed various occupations and later moved to Canada, where he had charge of a section of the construction work during the building of the Welland Canal. In 1847 he moved to Grand Island, where for many years he followed the vocation of fisherman during the autumn and winter months and farming summers. At the former he earned considerable money, and in 1855 purchased a farm and later another one. In politics he was a Democrat, and his last days were spent in Canada, where he died in July, 1876. His wife died in 1863. William C. Dinsmore grew to manhood on the Island, attended the common schools and worked on his father's farm. When twenty-one he left home to learn the trade of machinist at Black Rock, and after a year or two the life of working under a whistle and a boss became distasteful to him and he concluded to become his own master. Returning to Grand Island, he with his brother John purchased a tract of land, the timber on which they converted into timbers and cord wood, and made themselves a farm. Here they remained twelve years, when they divided the property. He now owns 158 acres of improved land. He early manifested a keen interest in the political welfare of his town and county, and was prominently identified with the Democratic party. He represented his town as commissioner of highways, assessor, etc., and often represented' his party at the county and assembly conventions. He was for over four years inspector of customs and assistant collector under Cleveland's administration. Mr. Dinsmore is a member of the Farmers' Alliance in Grand Island. In 1878 he married Mary A., daughter of John Staley, and they had three children: Anna M., Jennie L. and Rose M. Mrs. Densmore is a member of the Ladies of the Maccabees.

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A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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