Biography of John Dellinger


JOHN DELLINGER is a native of Genvilla, Lorraine, then part of France but now part of Germany, where he was born August 14, 1826. His father was Peter Dellinger, who emigrated to the United States in 1840 and settled in Sheldon, Wyoming county, then part of old Genesee county; where he died.

John Dellinger received his primary education in his native town, but after coming to America, the struggle for existence in the new country gave him little opportunity for further education, save what his native shrewdness and application enabled him to obtain. Of a strong, industrious and ambitious temperament, he soon outgrew the limitations of his environment, and leaving his home he engaged in various occupations till 1S53, when he came to Batavia, where his career has been marked by self-reliance, energy and shrewd foresight. He engaged in building operations, and has become one of the most extensive contractors in that line in Genesee county. It is not exaggeration to say that of the business structures of Batavia the greater number have been erected by Mr. Dellinger. In 1873 he built the Union School house, and in 1874 the Opera House; he also erected the Richmond and the Washburn hotels, and opened through his property the street known as Dellinger avenue He is to-day one of the largest tax payers in Genesee county. While not a politician, he has evinced a good citizen's interest in the important political measures of the day; he is not a seeker for public office, but his integrity and special fitness for the place led to his election to the office of assessor, in which position he gave the fullest satisfaction.

In 1856 Mr. Dellinger was married to Clara De Mengeot; they have had eight children, as follows: Mary, who was married to William F. Haitz, now living in Batavia; John, who died in 1880; Edward; Celestine, who was married to William S. Ryan and who died in 1895; Clara; Frank; Louise, who was married to Frank Spadinger, now living in Buffalo; and Della.

Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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