Montclair Building Contractor Died Monday Night
Services for William Henry DeWitt, retired Montclair building contractor who died Monday night at his home, 15 Upper Mountain Avenue, following an illness of two years, were held at his home Wednesday at 3 P.M. The Rev. George D. Hulst officiated. Interment was in Mt. Hebron Cemetery.
Mr. DeWitt, who had lived in Montclair fifty-three years, was born in Unionville on Dec. 24, 1849. Mr. DeWitt had constructed numerous homes in various parts of Montclair and Glen Ridge. He had also gained some recognition as an owner of trotting and show horses.
As a lover and trainer of horses, both trotters and show types, Mr. DeWitt was credited with developing a horse which capture the national speed championship on snow many years ago. His trotters and show horses brought him widespread recognition. His most famous horse was Nellie D., national speed champion forty years ago.
Mr. DeWitt was a member of the First Congregational Church and a member of the Masonic Lodge in Port Jervis, N.Y. He was also a former member and charter member of the Montclair Golf Club, and formerly held membership in the Montclair Athletic Club.
Mr. DeWitt leaves a daughter, Miss Sarah DeWitt of Montclair; two sons, Charles I. of East Orange and William H. DeWitt Jr. of Chicago, and two grandchildren.
Source: The Montclair Times, April 14, 1939.