Biography of James L. Dings
Rensselaer County, NY Biographies





Dings, James L., born in East Greenbüsh, October 24, 1859, is the son of William H. and Catharine (Lansing) Dings, she a daughter of Martinus Lansing who was born in 1800 in Schodack and son of one of the early settlers of the town; Mr. Lansing was a member of assembly in 1842; he was a farmer and a man well known throughout the county. The father of William H. was Adam Dings who spent most of his life in Rensselaer county and died in East Greenbush. The father of James L. was a farmer until 1870 when he came to Bath and was in the grocery business until 1887; he was a Democrat in politics and held minor town offices. James L. Dings was reared in East Greenish until 1870 when he came to Bath. He was with his father until the spring of 1887; in 1888 he started a bakery and has a very successful business, employing nine hands. He is located on the corner of Washington street and Pollard avenue, and besides the residence where he lives he owns three houses and lots in Bath-on-the-Hudson. Mr. Dings was also engaged in the manufacture of forges and in the manufacture of harness. He was married in 1888 to Emma L. Welling, by whom he has one son, Justus H. Mr. Dings is a Democrat and has been town clerk three terms and clerk of the village three terms. The wife of James L. Dings, Emma L. Welling, was educated in Albany graded schools and is a natural elocutionist and studied elocution under Samuel Wells of Albany; she traveled throughout New York State and was one year in Ann Arbor, Mich.; het health failing she retired from the profession. Mr. Dings was educated in Bath-on-the-Hudson and graduated from Albany Business College in 1875.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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