Local Family Gave Name to Calif. Mount
The Veeder family name which came to Schenectady County with the Dutch settlers has also made Its way across the country to California.
Mt. Veeder, a mountain rising above the lowlands, of California's Nape valley received, its name from Peter Vrooman Veeder, a Schenectady native and Union College graduate, class of 1846.
Veeder was born in the Woestina, "the wilderness" of Schenectady County, in 1824. Ordained a minister, he made his way to California in the wake of Gold Rush emigrants and eventually became a Presbyterian minister in Napa.
The young minister spent much time climbing on the valley's favorite mountain, which had no name and was generally' referred to as "the one, next to Mt. St. Helena.
Veeder became, the first white man to ascend the top of the mountain which the valley people then began calling Veeder's mountain or Mt. Veeder. In time the name was given official recognition.
Taken from Schenectady Newspaper no date but should be around 1910 - 1930