Biography of John F. Lape
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Lape, John F. was born in Troy, February 2, 1851. He is the son of William and Martha Matilda (Clickner) Lape; William was a son of one Mr. Lape, a son of A. M. Lape who settled in East Greenbush and there died. The family came from Holland about 1660. The Clickners were of Scotch descent and came to the United States about 1650; for a time they lived in Connecticut, then removed to Dutchess county, N. Y., where the family settled, but finally came to Rensselaer county, N.Y. William Lape, the father of John, is a carpenter and has built some of the largest buildings in this section. He now resides at 15 Riverside avenue. John F. Lape was reared in Troy until about fifteen years of age and was there educated. In 1866 he came to Albany and engaged with Rathbone & Co., manufacturers of stoves. He removed to Brooklyn in 1871 and returned to Albany where he began to study architecture, which' pursuit he has followed since 1884. He was also a correspondent for the Troy Times. He is the original projector of the scheme to deepen the Hudson River from Troy to Coxsackie in 1889; and through the efforts of Congressman Tracy and Hon. John A. Quackenbush, Congress appropriated 52,470,000 and the work is now progressing. In 1876 Mr. Lape came to Greenbush and in 1886 purchased a tract of the Van Rensselaer garden, on which he has built sixteen houses. He was married to Miss Mary E. Smith, daughter of Philip H and Mary A (Miller) Smith, in 1893, by whom he has had one daughter, Ruth M. Mr. Smith now lives at Pine Plains, Dutchess county. Mrs. Smith died in 1894; she was the daughter of Martin Miller, of Sand Lake, and the granddaughter of one of the early settlers of Sand Lake.

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


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