Fort Hunter NY
Montgomery County, NY

Contributed by Nancy Robinson.




Marriage of Mr. Edward McDonnell and Miss Florence Keller at Cobleskill, and of Mr. Dewitt A. Devendorf and Miss Agnes B. Hudson at Fort Hunter.


At three o'clock-shortly after the hour at which Mr. Mc Connell and Miss Keller were married-the spacious country residence of Mr. and Mrs. Boyd R. Hudson, near Fort Hunter, was filled with relatives and friends assembled to witness the nuptials of Mr. Dewitt A. Devendorf and Miss Agnes B. Hudson, the elder daughter of the hospitable host and hostess. The Rev. J.C. Boyd, of Fonda, pastor of the the Reformed church at Auriesville, was the officiating clergyman. The ushers were Mr. A.J. Devendorf and Mr. Milton Devendorf, brothers of the bridegroom, Mr. Van Buren Hudson, brother of the bride, and Mr. George Van Buren, cousin of the bride. While the bridal party was entering the west parlor Mr. C.B. Meding, of New York, played a beautiful wedding march upon the piano. The ceremony was performed under a large bell composed of golden-rod and ferns. The bride was attired in white surah silk and presented a charming appearance. After the happy couple had been heartily congratulated by those present, a sumptuous repast, including salads, oysters, cream, cake, jellies, coffee, etc., was served. A large room was filled with presents, among which were noticeable several envelopes containing checks for handsome sums. The useful vied with the ornamental in making up the many valuable testimonials of the esteem in which the newly-married couple are held.

The guests included: Mr. and Mrs. Tunis Van Derveer, Miss Virginia Van Derveer, Mrs. Enders Van Derveer, Mr. Iran Van Derveer, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Edwards, Elmer Serviss, Milford Serviss, Miss Ida Serviss, Mr. and Mrs F. J. Houpt, Mr. and Mrs. J. Quackenbush, Mr. Allen Faulknor and Mr. and Mrs. W. Olmstead of Glen; Mr. Charles Lipe, of Syracuse; Mrs. Josephine Wilbur and daughter, Alice, Miss Maggie Van Buren, Miss Rozelia Hoag, of Oneonta; Mr. and Mrs. David Getman, Mayfield; Mr. and Mrs. A.V. Morris, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Van Buren, Master John Craig Van Buren, Miss Mary E. Voorhees, Wm. B. Foster, Mr. and Mrs. Garret Enders, Miss Eleanor Enders, Mr. and Mrs. W. Barlow Dunlap, Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Kline, Miss Anna Seburn, Miss Georgia Thayer, Miss Bell Branson, Hon. Cornelius Van Buren and wife, Mr. George G. Van Buren, Miss Brace Van Buren, Rev. J.R. Kyle and wife, of Amsterdam; Mr. and Mrs. John L. Voorhees, Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Devendorf, Miss Mary Devendorf, Mr. Jay Devendorf, Mr. Milton Devendorf, Mrs. Charles Bowman, Mr. Thomas Haggar, Mr. Charles Walworth, Miss Ella McClumpha, Mr. Wm. Reese, Miss Ella Reese, Mr. and Mrs. James Davidson, Mr. Garret Newkirk, Mr. John Cole, Robert Hartley, Van Hartley, Wm. Barhuff, Mr. and Mrs. Anson Shopmyer, (sic) Mr. and Mrs. G. Bowman, Mr. and Mrs. F. Aspelmeyer, Mr. Wim. Chambers, Mrs. Kate Newkirk and Miss Hattie Marllette, of Florida, Mr. and Mrs. Jno. N. Van Antwerp, of Fultonville; Mr. and Mrs. Willard Selmser, Master Earl and Miss Jennie Selmser, Mr. Elmer Liddle, Missses Abbie, Mary and Martha Liddle, Johnstown, Rev. J.C. Boyd and wife, Fonda, Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Mitchell, Sprakers Basin; Dr. and Mrs. P.L. Suits, Tribes Hill; Miss Ella Olmstead, Flat Creek; Mr. and Mrs. Keck, Keck's Centre; Dr. Willard Marselius, of Schenectady; Dr. A.V.H. Smyth and wife, Minaville; Dr. C.B. Meding, New York; Misses Addie and Nellie Chalmers, West Galway; Miss Annie Chalmers, Perth.

Mr. Devendorf is a son of Dr. Henry Devendorf, and a grandson of the late Henry Pettingil of Florida. He is a successful broom manufacturer and during the past year has erected a large factory at Fort Hunter for the accommodation of his increasing business. He is to be heartily congratulated upon securing for a helpmeet such an efficient and accomplished lady as Mrs. Devendorf is known to be.

Followed by a shower of rice and the good-omened old shoe, the wedded pair left the paternal mansion and took the 6:30 train for the east.

They will be absent ten days or a couple of weeks, and their tour will include New York, Philadelphia, Washington and other points of interest. Upon their return they will occupy the historic Queen Anne chapel at Fort Hunter, which Mr. Devendorf owns and has recently fitted up in modern style.


Seriously Injured in Amsterdam

About 9 o'clock last night as Milton, son of Dr. Henry Devendorf of Fort Hunter, aged 25, was melting bullets, preparatory to going hunting, a pan of powder exploded badly burning his face and eyes. It is feared his sight is affected. His face will be disfigured. He suffers excruciating pain. Several doctors are in attendance.


Ft. Hunter-Milton Devendorf who injured recently by the premature discharge of powder has sufficiently recovered to enable him and Robert Hartley to leave Friday for Virginia on a month's hunting trip.

Transcriber Note:
30 Oct 1895
At St. Johnsville, Milton Devendorf b. Sept 1867, son of Dr. Henry Devendorf married Miss Leah Alene McBride b. Oct 1870, daughter of John Mc Bride. Son, John C. Devendorf, b. July 1899.
Milton d. 13 Aug 1903. In 1920, Leah & son John were living with her sister, Myra McBride and by 1930 Leah was running a boarding house in St. Johnsville.
John C. Devendorf married Grayce C. Knack of Cleveland, OH, 22 July 1922. By 1930 they were living in Lakewood, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio. No children.




A shade of gloom was cast over the village of Fort Hunter and vicinity this morning when the announcement was made of the death of Mrs. Agnes Boyd Hudson, wife of Dewitt A. Devendorf, the broom manufacturer, which occurred at 3 o'clock. Mrs. Devendorf's death was due to puerperal fever and she had been ill but a few weeks. She was highly connected in the way of relationship, being the elder daughter of Boyd R. Hudson, who represents one of the oldest and most influential families in this part of the Mohawk Valley. About three years ago she was married to Dewitt A. Devendorf, son of Henry A. Devendorf of the town of Florida, who also represents one of the oldest and best known families in this locality. Mrs. Devendorf received her education in this city and was a graduate of Prof. Haberer's school of music. With her mental accomplishments she combined much social and moral worth, and beloved by a large circle of relatives and friends. She is survived by her husband and two infant sons and also by her parents, one sister, Miss Emma A. Hudson, and one brother, Van Buren Hudson. Mrs. Devendorf was a niece of Cashier Van Buren of the City National bank and also of Cornelius Van Buren. The DEMOCRAT deeply sympathizes with the afflicted families in their sore bereavement.

The funeral will be held from the house Tuesday afternoon at 1 o'clock. Interment will be made in the Auriesville cemetery. Rev. J.R. Kyle of this city will officiate.

Note: Sons Henry Hudson Devendorf, b. 1 Nov 1888 & Dewitt Boyd Devendorf, b. 29 Jan 1891.



The marriage of Mr. DeWitt A. Devendorf of Fort Hunter, and Miss Alice Delia Wait, occurred at the residence of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Wait, in West Galway, at 10 o'clock yesterday morning. Rev. J.R. Kyle, of this city, performed the ceremony. Miss Lillian A. Mosher of Ballston was bridesmaid, and Mr. Milton Devendorf acted as best man. The bride's dress was from Madame Maurice of New York city, and was of handsome white satin, trimmed with duchesse lace, orange blossoms and lilies of the valley. The presents were many and valuable and included an elegant diamond bracelet. The wedding music was furnished by Miss Young of Schenectady. Twenty-nine people sat down at the sumptuous breakfast which followed the ceremony. McElveney of Albany was the caterer.

Among those present were Eva H. Shaw of San Francisco; Mr. and Mrs. Henry A. Devendorf, A.J. Devendorf, Amsterdam; Mrs. And Mrs. Wellard Selmser, Earl Selmser and Jennie Selmser, Johnstown; Mrs. Williamson, Washington; Miss Carpenteir, New York; Mr. and Mrs. Edwards, Glen; Mrs. Hudson, Van Hudson and Emma Hudson, Fort Hunter; Mr. and Mrs. O.R. Mosher, Horace E. Mosher, Ballston Spa; Mrs. Howe, Fort Hunter; Mrs. John Watson, Schenectady. Regrets and congratulations were telegraphed by Horace W. Carpentier from San Francisco. The bride is a niece and great favorite of Mr. Carpentier, who is a wealthy New Yorker. She is also a relative of General Williamson of Washington. She traveled extensively in this country and Europe. Mr. Devendorf is the well known and popular broom manufacturer.

Mr. and Mrs. Devendorf went north on the their wedding tour, and will be absent about ten days. They have the best wishes of a host of relative and friends.

Daughter Dorothy A. Devendorf, b. 8 May 1894.


Death of the Promoter of
Schoharie Power


The People of Fort Hunter Saddened because of His Demise-
Successful as a Broom manufacturer-Sketch of His Interesting Career-The Funeral Arrangement

Fort Hunter, Dec.,23.-This community was saddened last evening when the announcement was made of the death of Dewit A. Devendorf. It was known that he was critically ill, but the end was not anticipated so soon. As has been heretofore stated in The Democrat, Mr. Devendorf was taken ill four weeks ago today with a severe attack of nervous prostration, followed by typhoid fever. The medical attendance was secured , but it was impossible to stay the ravages of the disease, and at 5:45 o'clock last evening, the patient, surrounded by loved ones, passed away.

Mr. Devendorf was 36 years of age and was the second son of Dr. and Mrs. Henry A. Devendorf [Rachel] of the town of Florida, where he was born on the family homestead. In his earlier days he commenced the manufacture of brooms on his father's farm, and later engaged more extensively in the business at Fort Hunter, where he built a factory and continued the business in a successful way up to the time of his death. He was the inventor of broom machinery, which is of great value to broom manufacturers.

For the past three years or more Mr. Devendorf had been deeply interested in the project of harnessing the Schoharie creek with a view of supplying electrical power for manufacturing and illuminating purposes throughout the state. Recently a company was organized under the title of the Empire State Power company and Mr. Devendorf was made secretary and general manager. As is known, the work on the extensive plant is now going on at Schoharie Falls. Mr. Devendorf had on the scene almost constantly looking after the important details. He, with his father, was the promoter of this vast scheme and directed all his energies and activities in its behalf. The severe mental strain he had been under, together with the exposure, resulted in his fatal illness. He, together with his, passed many days along the banks of the Schoharie, extending into the Catskill mountains, buying land in order to successfully carry out his plans which he had cherished for years.

He was twice married, his first wife being Agnes, daughter of the late Boyd R. Hudson, of Fort Hunter. By this union he had two sons, Hudson and Boyd Dewitt Devendorf, who survive. Six years ago he was married to Miss Alice, daughter of Mr. Charles F. Wait of Amsterdam, who survives, together with a daughter, Dorothy [Devendorf] He is also survived by his parents, two brothers, Jay and Milton Devendorf, and three sisters, Mrs. Edward Edwards [Emma C.] of Glen, Mrs. Willard Selmser [Nettie] of Johnstown and Mrs. Mary, wife of Dr. Meding of New York City.

He was a member of the First Reformed church of Amsterdam, and possessed many valuable traits of character; was very philanthropic in nature, and many in this vicinity have been the recipients of his unostentatious acts of kindness. He will be greatly missed, both in a business and social way. Had his life been spared, he would have been of still more usefulness to the community.

He was an extensive collector of Indian relics, and, as an antiquarian, ranked second in the state at the time of the death of Adelbert G. Richmond of Canajoharie.

Mr. Devendorf's death occurred in the historic Queen Anne's chapel parsonage, erected in 1712, and which has been modernized and beautified by its late owner. In politics, Mr. Devendorf was a Republican, and he was ever ready to advance the interests of his party. He never held a public office.

A year ago last July Mr. Devendorf made a trip to Alaska for the benefit of his health, and, while making a sea voyage at night the steamer went down and he, with others, narrowly escaped being drowned. He lost his baggage, and for many hours was on a raft until picked up by rescuers.

The funeral will be held from the house on Tuesday noon. The services will be conducted by the Rev. J.R. Kyle of Amsterdam. Interment well be made in Green Hill cemetery in Amsterdam.

The bearers will be Jay and Milton Devendorf, Edward Edwards, Willard Selmser, Dr. C.M. Meding and David Hubbs.

Note: Bracketed names for clarification & information.
After the death of their father, the sons of Dewitt and Agnes went to live with their grandparents. Boyd, with his paternal grandparents Henry & Rachael Devendorf and his uncle Alvin Jay Devendorf; Hudson, with his maternal grandmother, Emma Hudson and his uncle Van Buren Hudson. His grandfather Boyd R. Hudson having died 17 Feb 1891, just three days after the death of his daughter, Agnes.
Henry Hudson Devendorf eventually moved to Syracuse, NY where he was a gear plant foreman. He and his wife, Margaret had two known children. Marle (sp?) b. about 1914 & Hudson, b. Oct 1908.
Dewitt Boyd Devendorf remained in the area. In 1920 he & his uncle Alvin Jay were living together in Amsterdam. By 1930, Boyd was married and farming in Florida Twp. He and his wife, Ida had one son, Dewitt C. Devendorf, b. abt 1928. His uncle Alvin Jay was still living with them.
Dewitt's second wife, Alice Wait Devendorf and her daughter, Dorothy Devendorf, returned to the home of Alice's parents, Chas & Alice Wait. She eventually remarried. Her second husband was Professor Karl Emil Janser, a noted violinist from Springfield, Massachusetts where they resided after their marriage. They were married before 1910 and divorced before 1920 when Alice had married Joseph S. Burt and moved to Burlingame, San Mateo Co., California.
I am curious about Alice's 3rd husband, who on both the 1920 and 1930 censuses had no occupation. California voting records for 1922 show them residing at 805 57th St. in Oakland, his occupation "merchant." The 1924 voting records show them residing at 1528 Alice St. in Oakland, his occupation "electrician." The 1928 voting records show the couple residing at 662 Longridge Rd. in Oakland, his occupation "retired." In the 1930 census they were residing on Long Ridge Rd., in Oakland, CA, where they owned a $15,000 home. California voting records for 1930 also show them residing at 662 Longridge Rd., his occupation "retired," hers "housewife." After 1930 they no longer appear in the Alameda County, California voting records. An article in the society pages of the Oakland Tribune (January 19, 1931) describes a reception and social for the California D.A.R. State Regent, held by the Oakland Chapterat the home of Mrs. Joseph S. Burt on Longridge Road.
Dorothy Devendorf married Harvey Stanley Alstrom, of Springfield, Massachusetts and had two children Virginia Alstrom, b. abt 1911, Nevada, d. 1981, Mass., and Robert Stanley Alstrom, b. abt 1917, Mass., d. 2007, SC.
Who knew from a simple little chauffeur's license for George Van Valkenburgh, that I would find all these connections through his employer, Charles F. Wait. It seems that almost everyone I do research on is connected in some way or other to my family, at least by marriage or association.
As I was doing the transcriptions, I really began to feel for the Rev. Kyle, who officiated at Agnes' funeral, Dewitt's marriage to Alice and his funeral, but I was happy to discover the fate of Alice Wait and daughter Dorothy. Puts the icing on the cake, so to speak.

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