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  • ID: ind00555
  • Name: Douw Henry FONDA
  • Given Name: Douw Henry
  • Surname: Fonda
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 10 SEP 1830 in Fonda, Montgomery Co., NY 1
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  • Baptism: 03 MAR 1841 Dutch Reformed Church, Caughnawaga, Fonda, Montgomery Co., NY 2
  • Death: 23 FEB 1908
  • Age: 77y 5m 13d in Albany, NY 3
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  • Event: Funeral 4
  • Burial: Prospect Hill Cemetery, Canajoharie, NY 1 2 3 4 5
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    b. Fonda, Montgomery Co., NY; bp. Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Caughnawaga, Fonda, Montgomery Co., NY; 1850 US Federal Census, Mohawk, Montgomery Co., NY; 1855 New York State Census, E.D.Northern, Canajoharie, Montgomery Co., NY; 1859 Canajoharie NY City Directory (Fonda, D H); 1860 US Federal Census, Canajoharie, Montgomery Co., NY; 1875 New York State Census, Albany, Albany Co., NY; 1870, 1880 & 1900 US Federal Census, Albany, Albany Co., NY; 1870-1875 Albany NY City Directory (Fonda, D H - Fonda & Bagley, druggists); 1889-1891 Albany, NY City Directories (Fonda, D H - president); 1888-92 Saratoga Springs, NY City Directory (Fonda, Douw H - gen manager); 1892 New York State Census, Albany, 14, 05, Albany Co., NY; 1902 New York Holland Society Yearbook Directory (Douw Henry Fonda); 1905 New York State Census, Albany, Ward 14, E.D.03, Albany Co., NY; d. Albany, Albany Co., NY; bur. Prospect Hill Cemetery, Canajoharie, NY; o. Bank Cashier, Druggist Supplier, Railroad Ticket Agent; [US Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865 - Name: D H Fonda; Congr. Dist.: 18th; Res.: NY; Race: White; Class: 1; Est. Birth: 1832; Marital Status: Married]; [R087b] New York State Men; [R004b] American Ancestry; [R074a] The Mayflower Descendant; [R102] Genealogical and Family History of Southern New York and the Hudson River Valley; [R003a] Noted living Albanians and state officials. A series of biographical sketches (1891); [School Yearbooks - Douw H Fonda, Union University The Garnet, New York, New York, 1903, College of Pharmacy Trustees] >> <<

    [Canajoharie, Feb. 26 - The remains of Douw H. Fonda of Albany were brought to this village today for interment in the Fonda vault, in Prospect Hill cemetery. Mr. Fonda was one of Albany's best known druggists and at one time was a resident of this village. Mr. Fonda was ill but a few months, and only a few weeks ago was carried in a helpless condition from a burning building. Mr. Fonda was born at Fonda, September 10, 1834. He received a common school education and then engaged in the railroad business. He soon went to New York as a clerk, but again took up railroading and was for a time ticket agent at Palatine Bridge under the late Webster Wagner. In 1853 he became teller at the Spraker Bank, in this village, and two years latter, became its cashier. He held this position until 1865, when he went to Albany and formed the Wholesale drug firm of Fonda & Gagley. Mr. Fonda became sole proprietor in 1877, and in 1879 he established the firm of D. H. Fonda & Co. In 1899 the D. H. Fonda Drug Company was incorporated and Mr. Fonda has been its president ever since. He has not been active in business for a year. Mr. Fonda was a member of the Holland Society of New York. He served two terms as school commissioner. Mr. Fonda was a member of Temple Lodge. No. 14, F. and A. M. He was twice married. His first wife was Miss Mary A. French of this village, and his second wife was Miss Ellen A. Barker of Barre, Vt. Johnstown NY Fulton County Republican, Thursday, March 12, 1908]

    [1915 Yearbook of the Holland Society of NY List of Deceased Members; President of the D. H. Fonda Drug Company, Albany. Engaged in the railroad business, he was a ticket agent at Palatine Bridge under the late Hon. Webster Wagner. In September 1853, he became teller of the Spraker Bank, Canajoharie, and two years later was made cashier. In 1885, D. H. Fonda presented a pass from the Mount McGregor Railroad to NY Governor (future US President) Grover Cleveland. The pass was graciously returned with appreciation; from "Albany Illustrated": Douw H. Fonda Drug Co. - Wholesale drug business conducted by the above-named corporation is the outgrowth of that inaugurated in 1809 by Joseph and Thomas Russell, making this one of the oldest trade landmarks, as it is one of the most important commercial enterprises of Albany. In 1841 the business passed into the hands of Abram Puling, who, in 1865, was succeeded by Fonda & Bagley, and in 1879, the firm composed of Messrs. Douw H. Fonda, William B. French and Henry R. Wright became proprietors, and conducted the business on a scale of large proportions until January 21, 1889, when the company was organized and incorporated under the laws of New York. Mr. Fonda, the President of the company, was, for twelve years previous to his embarking in the drug business in 1865, the cashier of the Spraker Bank at Canajoharie, and his associates are among the most influential and successful business men of Albany. The premises comprise the large four-story brick building, 35 x 167 feet in dimensions, at Nos. 70 and 72 State street, extending through to Norton street in the rear, affording excellent facilities for receipt and shipment of merchandise, and the establishment is the largest and most complete wholesale depot for the supply of drugs, physicians and surgeons' requisites, perfumers and painters' stock, in New York, outside the metropolis. The trade of the house, which is exclusively wholesale, extends to all parts of Western and Northern New York, Eastern Massachusetts and Vermont, and is especially heavy among the retail druggists of Albany and vicinity, the sales aggregating a large amount and requiring the employment of twenty-five salesmen, clerks, porters, etc. The leading specialties include complete lines of pure and reliable drugs and medicines, and proprietary remedies, carefully selected in the best markets by the company's own buyers, besides chemicals, fluid extracts, wines and liquors for medicinal purposes, special pharmaceutical preparations, perfumeries, toilet goods, druggists' sundries, paints, oils, varnishes and painters' supplies generally. The company, under the present style and title, was organized in 1889 to succeed the firm of Douw H. Fonda & Company, and was, the same year, incorporated. With adequate facilities for their extensive trade, and with its affairs under the able management of some of the most progressive, representative business men of Albany, the old-time prestige of the house has been steadily maintained, and the trade is rapidly increasing and extending, and the concern is recognized in trade circles as one of the principal commercial enterprises of the capital city.]

    Father: Garret T. B. FONDA Esq. b: 05 APR 1808 in Johnstown, NY
    Mother: Rachel POLHEMUS b: 15 SEP 1809 in Fonda, Montgomery Co., NY

    Marriage 1 Mary A. FRENCH b: 1836 in New York
    • Married: 28 MAR 1855 Religious Marriage
    • Note: [Married - On Wednesday evening, 28th inst., by the Rev. V. M. Hulbert, at the residence of the bride's father, at Foot Hill, Yonkers, Mr. Dow H. Fonda, of Fonda, N.Y., to Miss Mary A. French, of the former place. Evening Post (New York, NY), Friday, March 30, 1855]

    Marriage 2 Ellen A. BARKER b: JAN 1844 in Vermont
    • Married: 1860 Religious Marriage

    1. Title: New York State Men
      Biographic Studies and Character Portraits
      Publication: Albany, NY
      Publisher: The Argus Company
      Publication Date: 1910
      Issue: C20
      Author: Hills, Frederick S.
    2. Title: American Ancestry
      Giving the Name and Descent, in the Male Line, of Americans whose Ancestors Settled in the United States previous to the Declaration of Independence
      Publication: Albany, NY
      Publisher: J. Munsell Co.
      Publication Date: 1887
      Issue: C3
      Edition: Vol. I, p.28
      Author: Hughes, Thomas P.
    3. Title: The Mayflower Descendant
      Quarterly Publication
      Publication: Plymouth, MA
      Publisher: General Society of Mayflower Descendants
      Publication Date: 1897
      Issue: C14
      Edition: Vol. 1-46
    4. Title: Genealogical and Family History of Southern New York and the Hudson River Valley
      A Record of the Achievements of her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Building of a Nation
      Publication: Baltimore, MD
      Publisher: Clearfield Co.
      Publication Date: 1914
      Issue: C23
      Author: Reynolds, Cuyler
    5. Title: Noted living Albanians and state officials
      A series of biographical sketches (1891)
      Publication: Albany, NY
      Publisher: Weed, Parsons and Co.
      Publication Date: 1891
      Issue: C2a
      Edition: 524 pgs.
      Media: Book
      Author: Harsha, D. A. (David Addison)
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