David J. Auchmoody – Kingston, New York Photographer (Part 1)

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David J. Auchmoody was a much-respected photographer located at the city of Kingston in Ulster County, New York from 1868 to circa 1893. He photographed thousands of Kingston’s citizens over the course of his 25 years in business. Auchmoody also published a popular series of stereoviews that included scenes of Kingston, Rondout, Rosendale, Rifton, Lawrenceville, Saugerties, Shandaken, Shokan and the surrounding Catskills region. After leaving the photography business Auchmoody worked in the insurance industry and for several fraternal organizations.


Rondout Creek and Wilbur RoadRondout Creek and Wilbur Road Rondout Creek and Wilbur Road.




David Jeremiah Auchmoody, more commonly known as D. J., was born at New Paltz, New York on July 19, 1848. He was the son of Peter J. Auchmoody, who worked as a carpenter, and Elmira (Deyo) Auchmoody.


One reference noted that Auchmoody was a native of the hamlet of Plutarch, located on the northeastern edge of the town of New Paltz. The farming community was once home to a post office, a general store, a one room schoolhouse, a blacksmith shop and a church which was constructed in 1861. The Plutarch post office operated for about six months in 1886, closing on November 18, 1886, but was reestablished on August 11, 1890, and then operated for 15 years until its final closing on December 15, 1905. The Plutarch section of the town was at one time called Grawhow (or Grahow), for Great Ridge, was later known as Cold Spring or Cold Spring Corners, from “a fine spring of water” located north of the church, before becoming Plutarch in honor of the Greek philosopher.


According to Ralph Lefevre in his History of New Paltz, New York, the Auchmoody family in Ulster County, New York can be traced back to Jeames Auchmoide, a young man who was born in Scotland. He married Mari Doyo in October, 1731. They built a house in the Bontecoe neighborhood and had six children together, including three sons and three daughters.[1]


The 1850 United States census listed 1-year-old David as living with his parents, 22-year-old Peter and 20-year-old Elmira (sometimes spelled Almira) Auchmoody, in the town of New Paltz in Ulster County, New York. Peter was listed with an occupation of carpenter.


The 1855 New York state census listed 6-year-old Auchmoody as residing with his parents Peter J. and Elmira Auchmoody in the town of Lloyd in Ulster County, New York. Also living in the household was David’s sister, 2-year-old Catherine Auchmoody. Peter was listed with an occupation of carpenter.


The 1860 United States census listed 11-year-old Auchmoody as residing with his parents Peter and Elmira at New Paltz, New York. Also living in the household was David’s sister, 7-year-old Catherine Auchmoody. Peter was listed with an occupation of laborer.


The 1865 New York state census listed 17-year-old Auchmoody as residing with his parents Peter and Elmira at New Paltz in Ulster County, New York. Also living in the household was David’s sister, 13-year-old Catherine Auchmoody. No profession was listed for Peter or David.


For several years, “when a young man,” Auchmoody taught school in the town of Esopus.


In December 1868 Auchmoody, at the age of 20, “started what is now [as of 1881] the oldest photograph gallery in the lower part of the city. Since his venture into business, which at first, of course, was but on a small scale, he has been enabled by strict attention to business, and good work to build up an establishment second to none in the county.” His early gallery was located over Van Deusen’s Drug Store at the corner of Garden and Ferry Streets in the Rondout section of Kingston, New York.


The 1870 United States census listed 22-year-old Auchmoody as living with his parents Peter and Elmira at Rondout in Ulster County, New York. Also living in the household were David’s two sisters, 18-year-old Catherine and 4-year-old Cecilia. Peter was listed with an occupation of carpenter and David was listed with an occupation of photographer.


Catherine (1853-1934), David’s sister, married Martin L. Van Keuren. She lived in Port Ewen for her entire married life. “She was well liked and was a good friend and neighbor and will be missed by her friends and neighbors. She was a member of the Port Ewen Methodist Church and was a very active member until forced to give up some of her duties because of her age and her health.”[2] Catherine passed away in 1934 and is buried at Port Ewen Cemetery.


Celia Auchmoody, David’s sister, “a very attractive and much beloved young lady at Port Ewen, aged about 17 years, and a sister of D. J. Auchmoody of this city, died of typhoid fever after a very short and severe illness.”[3] Celia passed away in 1883.


David Auchmoody married Elvina Ackerman on December 22, 1870. Elvina was the daughter of Oliver Ferris Ackerman (1817-1862) and Jane Ann (Degraff) Ackerman (1816-1900). Elvina passed away at Flushing, Long Island in 1935 and is buried at Port Ewen Cemetery. Elvina was a lineal descendant of Geoffrey Ferris, one of the founders of Greenwich, Connecticut, and also Lieutenant Commander Oliver Ferris (1753-1825), a Revolutionary War officer whose home, Sunnyside, at Tarrytown, later became the home of Washington Irving.


“Capt. Oliver Ferris was born in Greenwich, Conn., Nov. 22, 1753, the son of Josiah, and through John, Jr., and John, was descended from Jeffrey Ferris, the ancestor of that family in this country. Oliver Ferris was married to Abigail, daughter of Enos Lockwood on the 10th of Feb., 1776, by the Rev. Blackleach Burritt, who, on the 17th of the following June was taken prisoner and carried away to be incarcerated in the old Sugar House Prison on account of his staunch patriotism.


Captain Ferris did good service in the Connecticut Militia, and after the Revolution came over to Tarrytown and purchased the historic Major Jacob Van Tassel place, the date of transfer being March 31, 1802. He died Aug. 17, 1825, and his son, Benson Ferris, Sr., in 1835, sold the homestead, comprising ten acres to Washington Irving, who re-built it, and gave it the title of Wolfert’s Roost. Mr. Benson Ferris, son of Benson, Sr., and grandson of Capt. Oliver Ferris, was born there.


The records of the Pension Office at Washington show that Oliver Ferris enlisted May 10, 1775, and was in the expedition to Canada under Gen. Montgomery; was in Col. John Mead’s Regt. From Aug. 14 to Sept. 25, 1776; in Col. Wooster’s Regt. 1777; in 1778 Quartermaster in Col. John Mead’s Regt.; March 9, 1779, appointed Commander of the war vessel “Wakeman”; July 4, 1781, commissioned Brigade Quartermaster of the 4th Brigade of Militia of the State of Connecticut.”[4]


David and Elvina had three children, including Luther M. Auchmoody (1871-1947); George Auchmoody (b. 1877); and Lester Auchmoody (1879-1963).


Luther Auchmoody was born at Port Ewen, New York. He worked as an automobile dealer and sales manager for the H. J. Heinz Company. He married Ellen (Blodgett) Auchmoody. He died at the home of his son in 1947 and is buried at Riverview Cemetery in Port Ewen, New York.


Lester Auchmoody for a time worked at the Standard Oil Company in Albany, New York. He later lived at Denver, Colorado.


In 1870 Auchmoody placed an advertisement in the New Paltz Independent. “D. J. Auchmoody, Photographer, Garden and Ferry Streets, (Over Van Deusen’s Drug Store), Rondout, N.Y. Pictures of all kinds taken. Frames and cases of every style constantly on hand.”


In 1871 Auchmoody was advertising his business in the Rondout Freeman. “Photographs! Pictures & Frames! Auchmoody’s Gallery, (Over Van Deusen’s) Garden & Ferry Sts., is the place to get them.”


Auchmoody advertised his gallery twice in the Gazetteer and Business Directory of Ulster County, N.Y. for 1871-2.


“D. J. Auchmoody’s Gallery and Picture Frame Store, Garden and Ferry Streets, Rondout, N.Y. Stereoscopes and Stereoscopic Views. Picture Frames, all sorts and sizes, very cheap. Every style of Picture taken.”


“D. J. Auchmoody’s Gallery and Picture Frame Store, Garden and Ferry Sts., Rondout, N.Y., is one of the great centers of attraction. Any kind of Picture, with any style of Frame, can be procured here. Call and examine specimens of work and then consult your taste and your purse. If you want a good stereoscope, here is the place to get it.”


In 1871 Auchmoody issued a series of 16 stereoscopic views of the newly constructed Overlook Mountain House. The same set of views was published by both D. J. Auchmoody and fellow Kingston photographer Edward Lewis.


5_South Piazza, Overlook Mountain House5_South Piazza, Overlook Mountain House

South Piazza, Overlook Mountain House.


7_Parlor, Overlook Mountain House7_Parlor, Overlook Mountain House Parlor, Overlook Mountain House.


16_Top of the Overlook Cliff, looking west16_Top of the Overlook Cliff, looking west Top of the Overlook Cliff, looking west.


Located north of Woodstock near the summit of Overlook Mountain, the Overlook Mountain House first opened its doors to guests in 1871, was destroyed by fire in 1875, was rebuilt and reopened in 1878, only to be destroyed by fire again in 1923. There was an attempted 3rd rebuilding that was never completed, the remains of which are still visible on a hike to the summit of Overlook Mountain.


At its height the Overlook Mountain House provided accommodations for approximately 300 guests and offered visitors the latest in modern conveniences and experiences. One of the early advertisements for the Overlook Mountain House, published in 1871, beautifully described its superior accommodations and the mountain setting.


“Overlook Mountain House, Catskill Range. J. E. Lasher, Proprietor. This elegant House will be opened to the public early in the season, and will afford a rare treat for the lovers of the Beautiful, the Grand, and the Sublime, who can enjoy the loveliest of scenery in a first-class hotel.


The house cost $50,000, and is complete throughout, furnishing accommodations that will please the most fastidious and satisfy the most exacting tastes.


The view is unsurpassed not only on the Catskills, but in the country, and combines a grand combination of mountain, valley, river, forest, and cultivated fields. No one who has seen it has failed to speak of it with admiration.


It will be found a delightful spot for excursion and picnic parties, for whom special accommodations will be provided.


A Stage Line from West Hurley on the R. & O. R. R. will be run by the Proprietor of the Overlook, and will connect with the trains. Guests can also obtain the best of livery establishments at Rondout and Kingston.


John E. Lasher, Proprietor. Overlook Mountain House, Woodstock, March 24, 1871.”


John E. Lasher (1827-1899), the first proprietor of the Overlook Mountain House, had previously operated the Mansion House at Kingston, New York from after the Civil War until his taking control of the Overlook.


In order to promote his new hotel, Lasher invited Edward Lewis to photograph the establishment prior to its official opening on June 15, 1871. “Mr. John Lasher, the lessee of the new hotel on the Overlook, has had Mr. E. Lewis, of Kingston, up there taking views of the house and grounds about it during the past week. The views are to be engraven from the photographs, and used in advertising this beautiful new summer resort. Mr. Lewis has the name of being the best artist in Ulster County.”[5]


Given that the set of 16 views was published by both Auchmoody and Lewis, it is likely that Auchmoody also photographed the Overlook Mountain House.


The imprint on the back of each stereoview included a brief description of the hotel, travel directions and a listing of the 16 different views that were available for purchase.


“New Summer Resort in the Catskill Mountains. The OVERLOOK MOUNTAIN HOUSE, 3,800 feet above tide water, on the highest point of the Catskill range, was opened June 15th, 1871. All modern conveniences, including Gas and Telegraph facilities. Reached by Boat or Rail to Rondout; Rondout and Oswego Railroad to West Hurley (9 miles); thence by the Hotel Stages in 3 hours. Overlook Mountain House, Woodstock, Ulster Co., N.Y. John E. Lasher, Proprietor.


No. 1. Catskill Mountains from ascent to the Overlook.

No. 2. Overlook Mountain House, Rocks in foreground.

No. 3. Overlook Mountain House, distant view.

No. 4. Overlook Mountain House, near view.

No. 5. South Piazza, Overlook Mountain House.

No. 6. West Piazza, Overlook Mountain House.

No. 7. Parlor, Overlook Mountain House.

No. 8. Dining Room, Overlook Mountain House.

No. 9. View from the ledge in front of the House.

No. 10. Pulpit Rock, near the House.

No. 11. Devil’s Kitchen, near the House.

No. 12. Cleft in Rocks, near the House.

No. 13. Rocky declivity, near the House.

No. 14. Path to the Overlook.

No. 15. Top of the Overlook Cliff, looking east.

No. 16. Top of the Overlook Cliff, looking west.


The subject published on this card is indicated by a mark under the number and name.


D. J. AUCHMOODY, Photographer, Rondout, N.Y.”


The demand for the stereoscopic views of the Overlook Mountain House published by both Auchmoody and Lewis was very strong. One year after the opening of the Overlook Mountain House the Kingston Daily Freeman wrote of the demand and the scenic views available throughout the region.


“Stereoscopic views. Our photographic artists are turning the natural beauties of this section to good advantage and are making some fine views of the scenery hereabouts. The Overlook furnishes many good views, which find a ready sale at the Mountain House, Mr. Auchmoody and Mr. Lewis being kept pretty busy just now supplying the demand. Of course few visitors wish to leave the spot without some memento of their visit, and a faithful representation of the scenes they have gazed upon in the shape of a stereoscopic view is as pleasing a reminder as they can have. The landscapes about our own city, sketches of scenery along the Wallkill, Rondout and Esopus creeks also are visited by these artists and their beauties transferred to the negative. The wild scenes of Olive and Shandaken and among the Shawangunk Mountains also often form the subject of the picture, and in fact so numerous are the scenes of interest hereabouts that a person can gather a very extensive collection of stereoscopic views comprising only scenes in our own immediate neighborhood.”[6]


The local newspapers frequently published small articles about Auchmoody and his photographic business.


April 4, 1872, Kingston Daily Freeman


“Fine Gallery. David Auchmoody has one of the finest and best photographic galleries in the vicinity. It has been greatly enlarged and improved, refurnished and remodeled, and is now decidedly a pleasant attractive place. David’s smiling face welcomes all his patrons, and he is gaining a reputation for good work which must bring him success.”


April 4, 1872, Kingston Daily Freeman


“The finest lot of stereoscopic pictures in the city, comprising views of Yosemite Valley, the White Mountains, Niagara, and ever other noted place in the country, also of noted persons of the day, foreign views, statuary, etc. Constantly on hand a large and complete assortment of picture frames and all articles usually kept in first-class photograph galleries. A newly furnished room, greatly enlarged and improved, and all the essentials for making good pictures. Satisfaction guaranteed. David Auchmoody, Van Deusen’s Building.”


August 1, 1872, The Daily Freeman (Kingston, New York)


“Chromos, Photographs and Stereoscopic Views.– Mr. D. J. Auchmoody, the Photographer, is closing out his fine stock of Chromos, which he is selling at greatly reduced prices, preparatory to procuring a new stock. Those who wish to obtain fine pictures at exceedingly low prices will do well to call at once. Also a large and varied assortment of Stereoscopic Views. Photography in all its branches carefully and satisfactorily attended to. D. J. AUCHMOODY’S, over Van Deusen’s Drug Store, Rondout.”


December 21, 1872, The Daily Freeman (Kingston, New York)


“All wishing photographs for the holidays should call as soon as convenient, so as to give us time to finish them properly. D. J. Auchmoody, Photographer, Garden and Ferry Sts., Rondout.”


December 18, 1872, Kingston Daily Freeman


“A large stock of picture frames of every size and style on hand and made to order at Auchmoody’s Photograph Gallery, Garden and Ferry Sts., Rondout.”


December 30, 1872, Kingston Daily Freeman


“Chromos, Stereoscopic Views and Photographs. Auchmoody, the Photographer, has a fine assortment of Chromos, representing the famous paintings – landscapes, views, etc., – of our most noted artists. Also a large and varied stock of Stereoscopic Views, embracing scenes of every description, home and foreign. Photographs and other pictures carefully taken.”


September 16, 1873, Kingston Daily Freeman


“A new lot of plain and very fine polished moulding for square frames of any size at AUCHMOODY’S Photography Gallery, Garden street, Rondout.”


December 10, 1873, Kingston Daily Freeman


“Sime Wood’s advertising card, photographed by Auchmoody from drawings of John C. Horton is a unique thing and a bully dodge.”


December 12, 1873, Kingston Daily Freeman


“TWENTY-TWO different styles of STEREOSCOPES and over 5,000 views to select from at Auchmoody’s Photographic and Picture Frame Rooms, Garden street.”


March 31, 1874, Kingston Daily Freeman


“Moth will not eat wire picture cord; for sale at Auchmoody’s Photograph Gallery, Garden street. Also Picture Frames of every style.”


May 9, 1874, Kingston Daily Freeman


“Auchmoody, the photographer, has in his gallery a very fine collection of stereoscopic views, his latest being an excellent photograph of the house of Jansen Hasbrouck, taken from the Garden street entrance April 29th, the grounds being covered with a mantle of snow. The photograph is well toned and very artistically finished.”


December 19, 1874, Kingston Daily Freeman


“Auchmoody, the photographer, on Friday took a number of views of the Presbyterian chapel on Abeel street, with its decorations for the fair, including the fancy dressed waiters.”


December 21, 1874 advertisements, Kingston Daily Freeman


           “Graphoscope. Come and see the little graphoscope at Auchmoody’s, The Strand, Rondout.”


“Picture Frames. The largest assortment of Picture Frames of all sizes and styles and Auchmoody’s, The Strand, Rondout.”


“Stereoscopes and views. A new lot at Auchmoody’s, The Strand, Rondout.”


Aqueduct, at High Falls, N.Y.Aqueduct, at High Falls, N.Y. Aqueduct at High Falls.


The 1875 New York state census listed Auchmoody as living in the first election district of the town of Esopus in Ulster County, New York. He was living with his wife Lavina and his 3-year-old son Luther Auchmoody. Auchmoody was listed with an occupation of photographer.


May 27, 1875 advertisement, Kingston Daily Freeman


“D. J. Auchmoody, Photographer, and dealer in Picture Frames in large assortment. Strand and Ferry Street.”


September 16, 1875, The Times (New Paltz)


“D. J. Auchmoody, photographer in Rondout, was in our village Tuesday. He had on his head a straw hat large enough to cover half of Rondout. As an artist he has no equal, and a visit to his gallery will convince most any person of the truth of this fact.”


November 18, 1875, The Independent (New Paltz)


“We received a call on Saturday from David J. Auchmoody, the artist of Rondout. Mr. Auchmoody has won a reputation as a good artist, and has met an extensive patronage. Give him a trial when you want your pictures taken. He has also a great variety of stereoscopic views, no less than 170 in number, including many of local interest. He deals in picture frames also, and those who need any can obtain what they want by calling on him.”


December 17, 1875, Red Hook Journal


“Mr. D. J. Auchmoody, of Rondout, continues to take pictures in his usual artistic manner, and can give you a perfect likeness of yourself at short notice. He also has a large stock of views, picture frames, & c., constantly on hand.”


November 1, 1876, Kingston Daily Freeman


“Auchmoody’s fancy pictures excite the open-mouthed wonder and covetousness of the small boys.”


November 1, 1876, Kingston Daily Freeman


“Best Photographs in the City. At Auchmoody’s is the place to get them. Call and see specimens at the new rooms, 29 Union avenue, Rondout.”


November 15, 1876 advertisement, Kingston Daily Freeman


“D. J. Auchmoody, photographer and dealer in frames, looking-glasses, views, & c. Union Ave., one door below Abeel St.”


December 15, 1876, Kingston Daily Freeman


“A Lot of Brackets. Chromos, Steel Engraving, Statuary Mottoes, Panel Pictures, Frames, etc., etc., just received for the Holiday trad e at Auchmoody’s, 29 Union avenue, Rondout.”


April 26, 1878, Kingston Daily Freeman


“Notice to the Public. I have secured the services of Mr. Lorenzo Short in my Photographic department. Those wishing Mr. Short or myself to photograph them can be served by calling at 29 Union avenue. I would state that I am taking photographs at as low a price, and of as good quality, as can be obtained in the city. D. J. AUCHMOODY.”


June 7, 1878, Kingston Daily Freeman


“The work of illustrating prominent features of this city and its surroundings by the New York Graphic has been commenced, D. J. Auchmoody, the photographer, yesterday taking a number of photographs of the Anthracite Fuel Works at Port Ewen, the creek and portions of the city bordering on it, from W. B. Crane’s docks. The illustrations will made from the photographs.”


June 13, 1878, Kingston Daily Freeman


“An Acknowledgment. To the Editor of the Freeman: Will you permit me through your excellent paper to acknowledge the receipt, by the kindness of Captain Rogers, from friends at Port Ewen of a choice token in the form of a photograph of the Methodist Episcopal church and parsonage in that place, beautifully executed by Mr. Auchmoody, of your city, and very neatly and appropriately framed. And I wish also to say to my friends that its place in our parlor is like that of the donors in our remembrance and affections – prominent and central.”


July 9, 1878, Kingston Daily Freeman


“Auchmoody, the photographer, is a great bird fancier, and has quite a collection of feathered pets. His tame crow and two young hawks may not be exactly as musical as canaries, but they are very intelligent and learn all sorts of comical tricks.”


November 26, 1878, Kingston Daily Freeman


“Photographs – the best in the city – taken at Auchmoody’s old stand, 29 Union avenue, Rondout.”


May 27, 1880, Kingston Daily Freeman


“Photographing a Trout. The photograph of the largest trout ever caught in the Neversink with a hook and line by Auchmoody, is a fine work of art, but the fifteen-inch trout appears at a disadvantage, as he should have been stuffed or blown up like a bladder before the photograph was taken. His head is about all that remains of him and that looks as if he had been run through a thrashing machine.”


The 1880 United States census listed 31-year-old Auchmoody as living in the 4th ward of the city of Kingston, New York. Also living in the household was his 28-year-old wife Elvina, and his three sons, 8-year-old Luther, 3-year-old George and 8-month-old Lester. David was listed with an occupation of photographer.


As of 1881, Auchmoody “at present occupies two upper floors in the brick building next to A. P. Van Buren’s grocery, corner Mill street and Union avenue, and has the rooms therein suitably furnished for photograph and picture frame work. A large assortment of elegant velvet, and engraved ebony frames can also be here obtained and made to order. He also has a large stock of stereoscopic and graphoscopic views. In addition to his already ample facilities for making pictures incomparable this side of New York, he will shortly fit his skylight room with new backgrounds of snow, outdoor and indoor, scenes never seen in this city before. For good Cabinets and Cards or Photographs of larger or smaller sizes, call on D. J. Auchmoody, and receive satisfaction. He will neither “blatter” you, nor give you a picture you cannot recognize, but will take a perfect likeness at every sitting.”[7]


February 12, 1881, Kingston Daily Freeman


“Aldermen’s Portraits. The portraits of the Aldermen in cabinet size placed in a large frame with the Mayor in the center, were brought up to the Common Council rooms Friday night by Mr. Auchmoody, the photographer, and hung up on the wall. This is a private speculation on the part of the Aldermen, who pay a certain amount each out of their own pockets for the honor of seeing their faces look down upon them from the historical walls of the Council rooms. The pictures are all well taken, and it would be an excellent plan if Mr. Auchmoody could extend his work so as to take in those who have been members of the Common Council since the formation of the city, with other representatives of the city, each, of course, putting his hand into his pocket and paying for his share according to the example set by the present Common Council.”


March 16, 1881, Kingston Daily Freeman


“PHOTOGRAPHS & PICTURE FRAMES. I wish to inform my customers that I am ready for business at my old stand, 29 Union avenue, except I have moved my frame department to the second story. My expenses are reduced and I can furnish frames, etc., cheaper than before and give more attention to Photographing. D. J. Auchmoody, Operator.”


April 28, 1881, Kingston Daily Freeman


“Auchmoody, the photographer, has just put in a large supply of picture frames and mouldings, which he will sell as cheaply as they can be had elsewhere.”


April 30, 1881, Kingston Daily Freeman


“Each member of the Common Council of last year is being supplied with a group picture nicely framed of the old Council by D. J. Auchmoody, the photographer.”


May 10, 1881, Kingston Daily Freeman


“Auchmoody, the photographer, has taken photographs of Montalvo’s glass prize and the glass ship which were displayed in the Baby Show window and will make stereoscopic views of them.”


June 20, 1881, Kingston Daily Freeman


“D. J. Auchmoody, photographer of this city, took a photograph of the Grand Hotel Mountain House wagon, as it stood in front of Burr’s livery stable, on Mill street, this morning.”


September 10, 1881, Kingston Daily Freeman


“An elegant large picture of Mr. John Weber, executed by photographer Auchmoody, was displayed today in D. A. Ainley’s jewelry store window.”


April 23, 1883, Kingston Daily Freeman


“Information Wanted. – Anyone having a picture of Fred A. Gross, who died in November, 1881, will confer a great favor by calling on or communicating with D. J. Auchmoody, Photographer, 29 Union avenue, Rondout.”


May 18, 1883, Kingston Daily Freeman


                “The Wurts Street Baptist parsonage was being photographed by Auchmoody today.”


June 5, 1883, Kingston Daily Freeman


“Photographic Views. Mr. Beale, who is working in connection with D. J. Auchmoody, the photographer, of this city, has recently made some very fine views of the Wurts Street Baptist church and parsonage.”


February 8, 1884, Kingston Daily Freeman


“Change of Base. Auchmoody, the well known photographer, is to soon remove to the Newkirk building on lower Union avenue, a portion of which is to be expressly fitted up for his accommodation. He will gain by the change a much larger operating room, better light and many other facilities for the successful prosecution of his business.”


February 22, 1884, Kingston Daily Freeman


                “CABINET PHOTOS, $2 A DOZ. Until further notice by Auchmoody, Rondout, N.Y.”


July 21, 1884, Kingston Daily Freeman


“Auchmoody occupies a large space in Ainley’s show windows today with specimens of his skill in photography, etc. Among the display are excellent photographs of William Winter of this city and Col. John McEntee.”


September 5, 1884, Kingston Daily Freeman


“D. J. Auchmoody was engaged today in photographing the presents Cornell Hose received at Utica.”


September 22, 1884, Kingston Daily Freeman


“The Hartford Phalanx. The Putnam Phalanx of Hartford arrived at Rhinebeck this afternoon on the Hartford & Connecticut Western Railroad, on their way to Albany and Lake George. They formed in line after disembarking from the railroad train and marched to the top of the hill, where a photograph was taken of the whole company by D. J. Auchmoody. It is needless to say the command presented a very martial and soldierly appearance. But little time was had at Rhinecliff, and as soon as the photographer was through with his work the command had to step off lively to get on board the C. Vibbard.”


Continued next week . . .


[1] Lefevre, Ralph. History of New Paltz New York and Its Old Families (From 1678 to 1820). Fort Orange Press, 1903. pp. 451-452.

[2] Kingston Daily Freeman (Kingston, New York). March 14, 1934.

[3] “Death of Miss Celia Auchmoody.” Kingston Daily Freeman (Kingston, New York). May 14, 1883.

[4] Raymond, Marcius D. Souvenir of the Revolutionary Soldiers’ Monument Dedication at Tarrytown, N.Y. October 19th, 1894. Tarrytown, N.Y., 1894. pp. 179-180.

[5] Kingston Daily Freeman (Kingston, New York). March 24, 1871.

[6] Kingston Daily Freeman (Kingston, New York). August 27, 1872.

[7] “D. J. Auchmoody.” Kingston Daily Freeman. December 20, 1881.



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