JAMES M. HASTINGS, senior member of the dry goods firm of Hastings & Stratton, of Owego, was a native of
Tompkins county, and was born in 1843. His young life was spent on a farm, but in 1863, with his mother, brothers
and sisters, he came to Owego to live. He was first employed as clerk in H. N. Hubbard's store, and in 1873 his
active business life began, as successor to the still older house of Goodrich & Cady. In fact Mr. Hastings
was one of this firm for a time before he became its successor. The new firm of Hastings & Pendleton was soon
formed and did business until succeeded by Hastings & Stratton in 1880. The firm carries a line of general
dry goods and carpets, and has always held a fair share of public patronage. Mr. Hastings is a thorough business
man, and finds little time to give to affairs outside the store, but for all that he has not been wanting in interest
in local prosperity, as his long and useful connection with the Owego board of education fully shows. He takes
no active part in politics, but is a firm republican. In 1867 James M. Hastings was married with Persis Jenks.
Mrs. Hastings died in 1877, leaving four children. In 1889 Mr. Hastings was married with Emma Tate, of Hartford
Co., Conn. Of this marriage two children have been born. The family are members of the Congregational church, and
for thirty years Mr. Hastings has been superintendent of the Sunday school. He is also deacon of the church and
treasurer of the society.
OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A MEMORIAL HISOTRY OF TIOGA COUNTY
EDITED BY: LEROY W. KINGMAN
W. A. FERGUSSON & CO. ELMIRA, N. Y., 189?
Tioga County, NY
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