To the Dodge family belongs the distinction of having established the first monument business in Utica with
which vocation they have now been identified for nearly sixty years. Rufus W. Dodge, through whom the family
continues to be represented in the business, was born in the old homestead on Kemble street, on the 8th of October,
1867. His parents were Rufus C. and Mary Jane (Watkins) Dodge, the father also a native of Oneida county. Mr. Dodge,
who first engaged in the monument business here in 1855, was for many years in Military Hall, continuing to reside
in the old Dodge homestead until he passed away about 1878. Mrs. Mary J. Dodge, who survived until February, 1910,
was laid to rest beside her husband in Forest Hill cemetery. They were the parents of the following children: William
A., who is an express agent at Schenectady, New York; Frank E., who is engaged in the grocery business in this
city; Eugene, who is a letter cutter and carver; Isolene, the wife of Charles E. Briggs of Schenectady; and Rufus
W., our subject.
The entire period of Rufus W. Dodge's life has been spent in this city, his education being completed in the advanced
schools. When old enough to select a vocation he decided to adopt the one followed by his father, to whose business
he succeeded. In 1901 he located on Seymour avenue where he remained three and a half years at the expiration of
which period he removed to his present place, which is situated on the corner of Prospect street and Holland avenue.
He has a large establishment here which is thoroughly equipped with all modern machinery and appliances. For his
work he imports Italian marble and Granite and uses only the best quality of American marble, granite and quartz.
He has a very large business, regularly employing about five men, and has erected monuments throughout the eastern
For his wife and helpmate, Mr. Dodge chose Miss Carrie M. Newton, also a native of Utica and a daughter of Hiram
Newton, who for many years was identified with the retail shoe business of this city.
With Mrs. Dodge he attends Plymouth Congregational church in the work of which she takes an active and helpful
interest. Fraternally he is also identified with the Royal Arcanum and the Knights of Pythias, while he maintains
relations with the other members of his vocation through the medium of his membership in the New York State Monument
Dealers Association. In politics he is an ardent republican, and although he is public spirited and takes an active
interest in all municipal affairs Mr. Dodge has never aspired to public office, preferring to concentrate his energies
upon the development of his business. He has met with success in his vocation and in addition to his other interests
owns a fine residence on Prospect street, the hospitality of which is freely extended to the friends of himself
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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