Name: Henry Adam FONDA
Given Name: Henry Adam
Birth: 15 AUG 1820 1
Baptism: 15 AUG 1820 2
Death: 23 MAY 1896
Age: 75y 9m 8d 3
Note: b. Fonda, Montgomery Co., NY; bp. Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Caughnawaga, Fonda, Montgomery Co., NY; 1860 US Federal Census, Williamsport, Lycoming Co., PA; 1870 US Federal Census Milton, Northumberland Co., PA; 1874-1875 Keene NH City Directory (Fonda, H A - Gen Supt, R&SRR); 1880 US Federal Census, South Ward, Milton, Northumberland Co., PA [Isaac Brown (Gentleman 74), Mary Brown (wife 60), Henry A. Fonda (SonL 49 Gentleman), Carrie Fonda (wife 40), S. G. (L. B.) Fonda (son 14)]; 1880 US Federal Census, Chillisquaque, Northumberland Co., PA [H. A. Fundy (Farmer 50), Carrie L. Fundy (wife 40), Lawrence B. Fundy (son 14), Isaac Brown (FathL 76 retired merchant), Mary Brown (MothL 64)]; d. Milton, PA; bur. Milton Cemetery, Milton, PA; o. Railroad Superintendent/Engineer, Civil War COL, Farmer, Banker; Albany County Bank - Board of Directors - Henry A. Fonda - at start of business 1871; [CastleGarden.org database of immigrants from 1830 - 1892 (Col. W.A. Fonda, Occupation: Army Officer, Age: 45, Sex: M, Arrived: 13 Jul 1878, YOB: 1833, Origin: USA, Ship: City Of Brussels)]; [R028a] The Dockstader Family; [R089b] Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania; [R020a] History and Biographical Annals of Columbia and Montour Counties, Pennsylvania; [Pennsylvania Biographical Sketches, 1868: Henry A. Fonda of Milton, President of the First National Bank of that place, and likewise one of its most enterprising and public spirited citizens, was born in the town of Fonda, New York, which took its name from one of his ancestors. After graduating from the district schools of his native place, he entered the Homer Academy at Homer, where he devoted two years to the study of the higher branches of an English education. The science of engineering possessed an attraction for him which he made no attempt to withstand, and at the age of seventeen he adopted it as a career, entering upon his labors as an assistant in an engineering car on the Utica and Syracuse Railroad. From this road he passed in a short time to the Erie, on which he held at first the position of rodman, but later that of Superintendent of Construction on the section between Corning and Hornellsville. In different capacities, some of them involving great responsibility, he remained with the Erie road about six years. Upon leaving it he engaged with the Canandaigua and Niagara Falls Railroad, as Superintendent of Construction and Repairs. After filling this post two years he removed to Pennsylvania and accepted the position of Superintendent of Construction on the Catawissa Railroad, then sixty-five miles in length. After being promoted to the position of Assistant Superintendent, and being advanced from that office to the responsible post of General Superintendent of the road, he closed his connection with it, then of five years' duration, to accept the office of General Superintendent of the Elmira and Williamsport Railroad, to the duties of which he devoted the ensuing three years. In 1864 he became Superintendent of the Lackawanna and Bloomsburg Railroad, then under the control of the Delaware and Western Railroad Company. After serving this corporation five years, he took a contract to build a railroad from Carbondale to Susquehanna. This contract completed, he took service with the Delaware and Hudson Railroad as Superintendent, and was placed in charge of all the lines of this large corporation from Carbondale to Whitehall and Rutland, Vermont. At the expiration of four years' steady service under this company, he retired from active duty and took up his residence in Philadelphia, where he spent several years. In 1887 he removed to Milton, where he established a permanent residence. Having definitely relinquished engineering pursuits, he turned his attention to farming and stock-raising. He is now the owner of a large stock farm and fine residence on Cayuga Lake, near Aurora, New York, and also of five extensive stock farms in the vicinity of Milton. His barn on the largest farm at Cayuga Lake is one of the finest in the State. Mr. Fonda has paid special attention to the breeding of Hambletonian stock, and has raised many notable specimens of this strain. His success in his later departures as farmer and stock-raiser is extremely gratifying to him. In them he finds agreeable and interesting relaxation, which is both welcome and beneficial, after so many years of active and absorbing railroad work. Since 1888 Mr. Fonda has been President of the First National Bank of Milton, and he divides his time between his duties as a financier and his pleasures as a "gentleman farmer." His habits are those of a thorough business man, everything confided to his charge being attended to thoroughly and with the strictest regard for the interests of others, as well as respect for their rights. At a time when real estate in Chicago was low in value and on the rise, he invested largely in property in that city, and has reaped a rich reward as the result of his enterprise and sagacity in this field. After the disastrous conflagration which, in 1880, destroyed so large an amount of property in Milton, Mr. Fonda promptly loaned quite an amount of money to rebuild the place, and through this wise and timely action on his part it has rapidly recovered from the damaging blow it sustained, and is making rapid strides to a more prosperous and advanced condition. His public-spirited action in this and other matters has had a weighty influence upon the business interests of Milton, and has earned for him a reward in the general prosperity which gratifies him far more than any pecuniary advantage he may ulteriorly reap in consequence. Mr. Fonda started in life without means, and has reached his present financial independence and leading position as a citizen, solely through his own unaided enterprise and ability. So far from this fact operating to close his heart to the claims of his less fortunate and successful fellow-men, it seems to exert just the contrary effect, for it is a matter of public report that many struggling persons have been helped by his generosity, extended willingly, and from a sense of duty as a steward of wealth, rather than through any desire fornotoriety or subsequent reward. Men gifted with such admirable qualities raise the standard of life and living, both for themselves and all who dwell within reach of their influence, and may justly be styled the pillars of the community--the strong supports of the higher ideas of duty and citizenship prevailing in a free and enlightened country. Every dollar of Mr. Fonda's wealth has been amassed by straightforward business operations. Disdaining sharp practices, and resolutely declining to avail himself of any mean advantages, he has, nevertheless, acquired means far in excess of many who descend to petty, if not more culpable methods. He lives in a manner commensurate with his ample fortune and social position, and not the least of his satisfactions is the consciousness that his success, with all that it implies and brings, is the outcome of an upright business life. His farms adjoining the town of Milton, containing in all seven hundred acres, are models, and upon them is to be found some of the finest stock in the State. In addition to his connection with the First National Bank, he is a Director in several other banks, and also of the Elmira and Williamsport Railroad Company. He has never held any political office, nor had any aspirations in that direction. Modest and retiring in disposition, he avoids rather than courts notoriety, although never withholding his name or influence from any enterprise having for its object the benefit of mankind. His charities are bestowed quietly, and to many he has been a true friend in times of panic and distress. Mr. Fonda married, on January 1, 1862, Miss Caroline Louisa Brown, daughter of Isaac Brown, a prominent merchant of Milton. His only child, a son, Lawrence B. Fonda, a young man of twenty-three, was educated at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and has recently completed a tour around the world.]; [Remarkable Disappearance of a Portion of Track-Bed of the Jefferson Railroad - The Susquehanna Journal records a remarkable phenomenon, which recently occurred near that place, on the Jefferson railroad, which is in process of construction: A high embankment was building across an apparently solid swamp. Upon this embankment a track was laid and gravel cars were running to convey the earth taken from the deep cut into the swamp. What then was the surprise of the railroad builders not many days since to find their track-bed, which they had been laboring so long to build, sank out of sight, and a yawning abyss filled with water in its place. Mr. Fonda, the contractor, informs us that he shall now trestle this place, and hasten on the work of track-laying as rapidly as possible. Port Jervis Evening Gazette 7-9-1870] >> www.fonda.org <<
Father: Adam Henry FONDA b: 07 NOV 1799
Mother: Catharine Ann DOCKSTADER b: 08 MAR 1802
Caroline Louisa BROWN b: 1834
01 JAN 1862
- Lawrence Brown FONDA b: 16 DEC 1865
- Caroline Fonda SLOCUM adopted b: 18 NOV 1875
- George Warren SLOCUM adopted b: 10 AUG 1881
- Title: Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania
Publication: Philadelphia, PA
Publisher: Rush, West and Co.
Publication Date: 1893
Author: Wiley, Samuel T.
- Title: History and Biographical Annals of Columbia and Montour Counties, Pennsylvania
containing a Concise History of the Two Counties and a Genealogical and Biographical Record of Representative Families
Publication: Chicago, IL
Publisher: J.H. Beers & Co.
Publication Date: 1915
Edition: Vol. I
- Title: The Dockstader Family
Descendants of Georg Dachstatter, Palatine Emigrant of 1709 who settled in the Mohawk Valley of New York
Publication: Dodge City, KS
Publisher: High Plains Publishers, Inc.
Publication Date: 1994
Edition: 4 volumes
Author: Rooney, Doris Dockstader