Lewis M. Van Blarcom

As a prosperous citizen and a most estimable citizen, Mr. Van Blarcom is of high standing in his home town of Belvidere. Truly public-spirited, he loses no opportunity of advancing the best interests of his community.

Garret Van Blarcom, father of Lewis Van Blarcom, was born April 10, 1836, in Sussex County, New Jersey, and followed the calling of a farmer. He married Sarah Elizabeth Monroe, who was born March 22, 1844, at Lafayette, Sussex County, and died April 5, 1900, surviving her husband but two years, his death having occurred April 20, 1898.

Lewis M. Van Blarcom, son of Garret and Sarah Elizabeth (Monroe) Van Blarcom, was born December 10, 1863, at Lafayette, Sussex County, New Jersey, and educated in the public schools of his native town, afterwards taking a course at Eastman’s Business College, Poughkeepsie, New York, graduating in 1882. For twelve years thereafater Mr. Van Blarcom was engaged in the hardware business in Dover and New York City, and at the end of that time became a student at the Renouard School of Embalming in New York. After acquiring a thorough knowledge of the profession he carried on the business in Sparta, Sussex County, under his own name, for a period of six years, where he was most successful.

In May 1906 Mr. Van Blarcom came to Belvidere, where he has since been at the head of a high class undertaking establishment, carrying a complete line of modern equipment. At the present time he is the only undertaker in Belvidere, and has built up an enviable reputation for integrity and efficiency.

Politically, Mr. Van Blarcom is a Republican. His fraternal affiliation is with the Free and Accepted Masons, Lodge No. 13; the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Lodge No. 13; the Junior Order United American Mechanics, No. 224, of Lafayette, Sussex County; the Improved Order of Red Men and the Paphandaising Tribe, No. 236. His only club is the Rotary Club of Belvidere. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, serving on the official board.

Lewis M. Van Blarcom married, October 28, 1891, Lida J. Fort, daughter of Rev. Jacob and Margaret (Force) Fort, the former a member of the Newark Methodist Conference. The Rev. Jacob Fort was born in 1818, in Burlington County, and died in 1893. His wife was born in 1831, at Red Mills (now Arcola), Burlington County, and died in 1916. George F. Fort, brother of Jacob Fort, was Governor of New Jersey in 1850, and John Franklin Fort, of the next generation, was Governor of the same state in 1910. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Van Blarcom are the parents of three daughters: Helen A., who died January 1, 1928, wife of Louis G. André of Passaic, New Jersey; Margaret Louise, wife of Arthur J. Stewart, of Ridgewood, New Jersey, and the mother of two children, John Lewis and Jane Ella; and Janice Howe, wife of Joseph W. Fisher, of West New York, New Jersey.

Mrs. Lewis M. Van Blarcom was born in Peapack, Somerset County, and is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution by right of descent from John Fort, of Burlington County, a soldier in the Continental Army.

Throughout his career Mr. Van Blarcom has received and merited the titles — than which there are none higher — of an honorable business man and a patriotic citizen.

Source: Honeyman, A. Van Doren. 1927. Northwestern New Jersey: A History of Somerset, Morris, Hunterdon, Warren and Sussex Counties. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company.

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