Biography of Jacob J. Lang
Erie County, NY Biographies


Lang, Jacob J., Buffalo, son of Frank and Katherine (Zimmerman) Lang, was born in Buffalo, N. Y., September 2, 1858. Frank Lang, brother of the late Gerhard Lang, was born in Hesse Darmstadt, Germany, came to this country when he was sixteen years of age, and settled in Buffalo, where he was long a leading butcher and meat dealer, and where he still resides. His wife was a daughter of George Zimmerman, who came to Buffalo from Alsace, Germany, about 1834. Jacob J. Lang attended the parochial schools and was a member of the first class of St. Canisius College, taking a commercial course. He was associated with his father until 1880, when he opened a meat market on the corner of Sixth and Georgia streets, whence he afterward removed to 573 Ellicott Street. He continued in the meat businass with success until March, 1892, when he formed a copartnership with Frank Kertz and opened a real estate and insurance office at 515 Main street. The firm of Lang & Kertz is one of the best known in this line in Buffalo. Mr. Lang is one of the founders and treasurer of the German Hospital, has been secretary of the German Roman Catholic Orphan Asylum since 1889, and is secretary of the Buffalo German Printing Association, which publishes the Buffalo Volksfreund. He is a chancellor of Branch 18, C. M. B. A., and of Star Council, No. 359, C. B. L., and for two terms was State orator of the New York State C. B. L, He is president of St. John's Union, Knights of St. George, is a trustee of St. Michael's church, was formerly president of St. Michael's Society, and is a passive member of the Liedertafel. He is a Democrat. and in 1897 was his party's candidate for county treasurer, but was defeated by 412 votes. July 20, 1880, he married Eva, daughter of Andrew Wieman, of Buffalo.

Our County and it's people
a descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Trumen C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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