Biography of Alfred D. Dale
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Dale, Alfred D., was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire county, England, February 15, 1830, educated in the public schools and under private instruction in his native country. At fifteen he went to learn the carpenter's trade, which he followed five years in England. In 1845 he came to this country and located in Ithaca, where for four years he was employed as a journeyman carpenter, then going into business for himself which he conducted twenty years, the first man to pay cash for labor in this city. He always had a natural tact for drawing, and spent a year with I. G. Perry, superintendent of architecture of the State capitol; and as Ithaca at that time had no architect, in 1870 he established an office there, which he has ever since conducted. Mr. Dale was the designer of the Masonic Hall, Sprague block, Wilgus block, Journal block, the Gregg block, Titus block, the Ferrey and Bates block; the first High school building he planned, and many stores, residences, etc. He is a member of the Democratic party, and is now serving his fifth year as an assessor, in which office he has won the respect and admiration of the community by his impartiality and honesty. He married in 1853, Julia A. Whitlock, a native of the town. Mr. Dale is a member of Fidelity Lodge No. 71, F. & A. M., Eagle Chapter, and St. Augustine Commandery.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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