Arthur W. Dutcher was a well-known civic and business leader in Haverstraw, New York, from the late 1880’s until his passing in 1939. A lifelong Haverstraw resident, Mr. Dutcher was born on February 29, 1856 (leap year), and had attended both public and private Haverstraw schools. Employment in the family livery and stage line business with his father, Jacob, prepared him for his own commercial ventures. Arthur purchased a furniture business from Leonard Cooper, for whom he had worked. This purchase led Arthur into another service that he would best be known for—Funeral Director. While overseeing the funeral operations, A.W. Dutcher still found time to participate in civic duties. Active in local politics, Arthur was elected coroner while also serving as Justice of the Peace. From the funeral home on Lincoln Street, other generations of the Dutcher family served Rockland County. Arthur’s two sons became involved with the firm. George B. Dutcher became its licensed director, with his brother, Leonard C., assisting him. Like his father, George was active in fraternal and civic organizations, and was elected coroner. Succeeding George was Leonard’s son, Leonard C. Dutcher, Jr. with his son, Leonard R. Dutcher, as his assistant.
Scope of Collection
This collection includes images of the Dutcher Family generously donated by Leonard R. Dutcher.