Nodiah E., eldest child of Charles H. and Alice Mary (Corner) Hutchens, was born in Canandaigua, Ontario county, New York, April 12, 1874. He was a student at Canandaigua Academy, after which he took up the study of law, and was admitted to practice, November, 1896. In March of that year he became the confidential secretary of the Hon. Justice William H. Adams, an office he filled until the death of Mr. Adams. While he was a member of the fourth appellate division of the supreme court, he served as consultation clerk in the same court from the creation of the office in March, 1904, until obliged to resign these duties in 1907 by reason of impaired health and the imperative demands of his private practice. From that time until July t, 1911, he devoted his entire time and attention to the necessities of his private practice, making a specialty of industrial corporation law, in which he is an acknowledged authority. At the latter date he retired from private practice, becoming a stockholder in the Rectigraph Company, in which he is president and general counsel: has been serving the company as its general counsel for nearly three years and it is his intention, in addition to the general oversight of the commercial side of the company, to continue his services as such. This company is manufacturing and distributing photographic machines. He has been an earnest supporter of the Republican party but has never aspired to holding public offices. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church at Canandaigua, and his fraternal and club affiliations are as follows: Canandaigua Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons; Rochester Consistory, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite; Damascus Temple, Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, Rochester: at the present time he is senior warden, Rochester Lodge of Perfection. Scottish Rite; was formerly captain of the guard, Rochester Chapter. Rose Croix; Columbia Rifle Club; Rochester Yacht Club; Masonic Club of Rochester; Rochester Automobile Club; Society of Medical Jurisprudence of New York City; Rochester Chamber of Commerce; Rochester Bar Association: New York State Bar Association.
Mr. Hutchens married, at Canandaigua, September t, 1897. Jane Lightfoot, born in Canandaigua, February 8. 1873, daughter of Robert and Sarah dightfoot) Willson, the former a builder. They had one other child, Elizabeth Mary. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Hutchens: Sara Elizabeth, born May i, 1900; Robert Charles, born September 9, 1908.