William Henry DeWitt, retired Montclair building contractor, who built numerous homes in the Christopher and Grove Street sections of Montclair and the Douglas Road section of Glen Ridge, died of a heart ailment last night at his home, 15 Upper Mountain Avenue, following an illness of two years.
Born in Unionville, Mr. DeWitt came to Montclair from Port Jervis, N.Y., fifty-three years ago. As a building contractor and architect, he was widely known in Montclair and vicinity. In addition to erecting residences in the two districts previously mentioned, Mr. DeWitt also built many other dwellings throughout the town during his many years of activity here.
He leaves a daughter, Miss Sarah DeWitt of the Upper Mountain avenue address; two sons, Charles I. of East Orange and William H. DeWitt Jr., of Chicago, Ill., and two grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conduct tomorrow afternoon at the home by Rev. Dr. George D. Hulst of the First Congregational Church. Interment will be in Mt. Hebron Cemetery.
Source: The Montclair Times, April 11, 1939.