Impressions of the Journal Man, Part 2 (Flora Savage Richardson)

Mrs. Flora Savage Richardson, who lives with her daughter, Mrs. Sadie McKee, at S.E. 170th avenue and Division street, was born in Yamhill county on October 14, 1851. She went to school to Sylvester Pennoyer and later attended the Harrison Street school and Portland academy. This is a portion of her story:

“When I was 17 my father, Charles Savage, who, with my stepmother and their four children, lived at Jacksonville, sent for me to come to Jacksonville to do the house work. I had not been there long when what was known as black smallpox broke out, and Jacksonville was quarantined. Two of the first to die were Mrs. John Loye and her child. George Funk died in his cabin, south of town and was buried nearby. Colonel W.G. T’Vault was buried at midnight by the priest who had been with him when he died. The siege lasted about two months. During that time they kept bonfires of pitch pine burning to serve as a disinfectant.

“Colonel T’Vault was the first editor of the Oregon Spectator, started at Oregon City in February, 1846. Hel later served in the legislature of the provisional government and in the territorial legislature. He was aide to General Joseph Lane in the Rogue River war. He started the Umpqua Gazette in Scottsburg, in 1855, the Table Rock Sentinel, Jacksonville, that same year.

“Not long after the smallpox epidemic was over, my stepmother decided I had better go back to Portland. My Uncle, Jesse D. Walling, told me I could go out to Spring Valley and live with them. It was a wonderful change and relief to go to him. Uncle Jesse was born in Ohio in 1816 and came across the plains with the rest of the family in 1847. He took a donation land claim in Spring Valley, in Polk county, seven miles from Salem. He went to the California gold fields in 1849. His wife’s maiden name was Eliza A Wise. Thirteen of their children grew to maturity.

“That fall I went to work for Mrs. Enos Williams, at Amity. She had adopted my brother, Charley. He lived with them until he died, at the age of 21. I stayed with the Williams family till I was 20. They were kindly, Christian people. Before going to Amity I had worked awhile at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Abrams. Their son Carle, has for many years lived at Salem. Carle’s father was running a store at Lincoln when I worked there.

“I was married to George W. Richardson in the fall of 1871, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Williams, at Amity. The Rev. James Campbell of the Christian church married us. My husband was born on the Platt river, in Nebraska, in 1851.

“We had a small farm near Bethel. The place was uncleared, being mostly timber and brush. We had nine children, all of whom were born there except one born at Amity. My husband’s sister came to live with us when she was 10 years old. She lived with us until her marriage to James Butterick. My oldest daughter, Dora, married William Butterick. My son, Charles, lives at Roseburg. Jesse, named for Uncle Jesse Walling, has been a railway mail clerk 20 years. He lies at Seattle. Elva, now Mrs. Fred Werner, lives at West Salem. Helen died six years ago. Sarah Ann – though we always call her Sadie –married William McKee. Her husband is an engineer on the Bonneville dam. I live here with Sadie. Frank lives at Seattle. Lynn started to work for the Southern Pacific when he was 15. He is now a section foreman at Salem. Crystal married Frank Carter. They live at Stayton. He is a carpenter. My husband did at Amity five years ago. We lived at Forest Grove and Salem prior to going to Amity. My husband’s father, the Rev. G.W. Richardson, was a minister of the Christian church.”

Source:  Oregon Daily Journal, August 8, 1936.

Impressions of the Journal Man, Part 1 (Flora Savage Richardson)

Mrs. George W. Richardson, who has lived in Oregon 85 years, lives with her daughter, Mrs. Sadie McKee, at Division street and 170th avenue.

“I was small for my age, as a child,” said Mrs. Richardson, “But when I finally got my growth I was 4 feet 10 inches high. For 70 years my weight has varied from 75 to 95 pounds.

“I was born at Dayton, Or., October 14, 1851. My father was Charles Savage. I don’t know when or where he was born, in fact, I know very little about him. My mother’s maiden was Phoebe Walling. She died when I was 4 and my brother Charlie was 2 years old. My father, shortly after Mother’s death, married Lois Hull, and they went to Jacksonville. My brother was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Enos Williams of Amity. They were very good to him. They had none of their own, and they adopted a number of children. I went to Jacksonville with my father and stepmother, but when an uncle, Albert Walling, came to Jacksonville to see how I was getting along he took me back to Portland with him.

“William B. Taylor had started a paper, The Oregon Farmer in Portland, and my uncle was its editor. Later my uncle published a number of county histories and for many years was in the printing business.

“By the time I was 17, I had lived with a good many families. In those days women were hard worked and had few conveniences. Money was scarce, and they felt that it was their duty to make anyone staying with them earn her way by working hard from the time they got up till they went to bed. So I had little or no playtime.”

“Uncle Albert bought a place in South Portland, near the penitentiary. They were then building the Harrison Street schoolhouse. I went to school there a while. Later I attended the Portland Academy and Female Seminary near William S. Ladd’s beautiful home. There were no Willamette bridges in those days, and only a few farms in East Portland. Occasionally we would cross the ferry to attend a funeral at Lone Fir cemetery. I attended Sunday school at Taylor Street Methodist church.

“My uncle had a place on the Willamette between Oregon City and Oswego. Each spring we would move out and spend the summer. If we went to Portland it was by steamboat. His children were younger than I,, so I did most of the chores. One was to row down the river at 5 o’clock each morning about a mile to get our supply of milk.

“My uncle George Walling had a farm about half a mile above Uncle Albert’s place. He had an orchard and a nursery. Mr. and Mrs. Bullock had a place about a mile from us, not far from Oswego, where a that time there was a big iron works. One of Uncle Albert’s children took sick, so Aunt Sarah sent me to ask Mrs. Bullock to come. Mrs. Bullock said, ‘How did you come?’

“I said, ‘by the trail through the woods.’ She said, ‘The boys are out in the woods hunting a panther, so we had better go to your place in a boat.’ When wild blackberries were ripe I would stay at Mrs. Bullock’s place to gather and dry them. One day I reached out over the river to pick some particularly fine berries, lost my balance and fell in I climbed on a rock and waited a long time. The girls came with a boat and took me off.

“When I was 17, my father thought I could do the work at his house in Jacksonville, so I went there. I had had very little pleasure when I was a girl, but I nearly had a good time when I was in Jacksonville. My father told me I could go to a dance, so I made myself a dress and looked forward to the dance with great anticipation; but the very day the dance was to be given someone broke out with black smallpox and the dance was called off. The town was quarantined, schools and churches dismissed and a pesthouse established. One doctor died and the other left. The Catholic priest had already had smallpox, and he and the sisters visited the sick and dying.”

Source:  Oregon Daily Journal, August 2, 1936.

Eli Chrysler

Eli Chrysler is numbered among the early settlers of Mifflin township, where he yet resides, his home being a half a mile west of Gahanna. Many years have passed since he came to Franklin county and decade after decade has been added to the cycle of the centuries. The contract between the site which met the gaze of the traveler when Mr. Chrysler first arrived here and the view which is spread out before the visitor of to-day is very great. Then there were to be seen unbroken forests and tracts of wet, marshy land, where to-day are fine fields of grain, surrounding commodious and substantial farm houses, while here and there are towns, villages, and cities with all the business interests known to the much older east.

Mr. Chrysler was born in Cayuga county, New York, June 15, 1836. His father, Adam Chrysler, was a native of the Empire state and a farmer by occupation. In 1838 he came to Ohio, locating in Licking county, and in 1853 he took up his abode in Franklin county, his farm being situated in Truro township. His last days, however, were passed in Mifflin township, where he died when about seventy years of age. He was of German lineage. His wife, who bore the name of Ruth Leonard, was a native of Vermont but was reared in New York and for many years was a resident of Ohio, her death occurring in Columbus when she was about seventy years of age. She was of English descent. They were the parents of four sons and five daughters, eight of whom reach years of maturity.

“Squire” Chrysler, as he is well known throughout Franklin county, was the fifth child and second son. When about two years of age he was brought by his parents from New York to Ohio, and at the age of seventeen accompanied the family on their removal from Licking to Franklin county. In the former locality he acquired his education in the common schools and through the months of summer he assisted in the labors of field and meadow. His first independent work was as a farm hand, at which he was employed by the day. He afterward embarked in the saw mill business in partnership with his brother in Truro township, where they continued until 1864. In 1865 they began the operation of a grist mill and also engaged in the manufacture and sale of lumber in Mifflin township, the partnership being continued until the death of the brother. Mr. Chrysler afterward carried on the business alone until 1875. The following year he purchased another saw mill in Mifflin township and therein converted the timber to lumber. Throughout the greater part of his active business career Mr. Chrysler engaged in a mill in Mifflin township. He also followed general farming through a portion of this time and has continuously given his attention to that industry during the past eight years, owning a farm of eighteen acres in the same township, while in Walnut township, Pickaway county, they have fifty acres.

In 1863 “Squire” Chrysler was united in marriage to Miss Susan Roshell [sic], who for about a quarter of a century was a faithful companion and helpmate on the journal of life, but her death occurred January 17, 1867. They had two children, Eva, now the wife of Harry Earl, a farmer in Mifflin township, and Charles H. who married Clara Palmer and resides with his father, with whom he is associated in business.

Mr. Chrysler was elected justice of the peace in 1878 and since that time has continuously filled that office — a period of twenty-three consecutive years. His record in the county in unparalleled by that of any incumbent in the office of the county. That he discharges his duties in a prompt and reliable manner and without fear or favor is indicated by his long continuance in that position. During this time, he has not only administered the law concerning differences between litigants, but has also married about sixty couples. In politics he has been a life-long Democrat. Socially he is connected with Mifflin Lodge, No. 518, I.O.O.F., has filled all its chairs and has taken a very active part in its work. At the time of the Civil war he was among the defenders of the Union who work the blue. He enlisted in August, 1862, as a member of Company I, Ninety-fifth Ohio Volunteer infantry, and served for nine months. At the battle of Richmond, Kentucky, he was wounded by a gun shot and on account of his injuries was honorably discharged. He holds membership in the John A. Miller Post, No. 192, G.A.R., and has served as its quartermaster. At all times he has been faithful to his duties of citizenship, honorable in his business relations and loyal to the ties of social and home life. His history shows the power of industry as a means of wrestling fortune from the hands of an adverse fate. He is now a substantial citizen of Franklin county, and has attained the position through his well directed efforts.

Source: A Centennial Biographical History of the City of Columbus and Franklin County, Ohio. 1901. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company.

Gaspar Rorick, Jr.

Gasper Rorick, Jr. lived probably about four years in Pennsylvania. Of his early life little is known to us at the present time. The most we know is obtained from a letter from the Veterans Administration, Bureau of Pensions, Washington, D.C. where it is stated: You are advised that it appears from the papers in the Revolutionary War pensions claim S. 833 that Gasper Rorick was born in Pennsylvania. His father died when he was about 4 or 5 years old (about 1752 or 1753) possibly later as there seems to be some discrepancy about Gaspar’s age, and his mother moved from Pennsylvania. The names of his parents are not given, nor is it stated to what place they moved. While residing in Sussex County, N.J. he enlisted and served with the N.J. Militia, as follows:

In the spring of 1776, one month in Capt. Frank Hedley’s company; in the same year, one month in Capt. Richard Edsall’s company, one month in Capt. Kirkendall’s company, one month in Capt. Hill’s company, one month in Capt. William Johnson’s company, two tours of one month each in Capt. Bockhover’s company, and two weeks in Capt. Jacob Stoll’s company under Major Harrison, and was at the Battle of Germantown. There are no specific dates of service given. He was allowed pension on his application executed August 31, 1832, at which time he was living in Wantage Township, Sussex Co., N.J., aged 81.

Gasper Rorick, Jr. was a little man and in his declining years wore a red cap with a long tassel like old people used to wear years ago. He also smoked a pipe according to information which was sent by Miss Margaret Cox, a descendant of Gasper Rorick, Jr. who resided in the vicinity of Gasper Rorick Jr.’s home.

May 14, 1936 Sussex County, N.J. the following news item appeared in the papers:

“The Chinkchewunska Chapter of D.A.R. will unveil three markers on Saturday, May 15, 1936 on graves of Revolutionary Soldiers in Papakating Cemetery on the Hamburg Road. Gosper Rorick, Jr. of the N.J. Troops will be one of the soldiers so honored, and at the Rorick grave Miss Margaret Cox of Newton, a descendant, will read the biography. Anson DeWitt of Sussex will unveil the marker. The other two so honored were Quartermaster Azariah Martin and Nathaniel Martin.

Source: Lundahl, Helen Rorick. (n.d.) The Rorick Family in America. (NB: This manuscript is held in the Toledo-Lucas County Library and contains a number of transcriptions of undated newspaper clippings.)

David Rorick

Rorick, David, insurance; born near Columbus, Franklin Co., O.; son of Cornelius Hoyt and Julia Fowler (Kimball) Rorick; educated in district and high schools, Franklin Co., O.; married, Wyandotte, Kan., Sept. 27, 1869, Lucy A. Meriwether; one son, David, Jr. Began business career as clerk in hotel, Newcastle, Ind., 1858; learned marble cutting trade and followed it until enlisting, in 1862, as private, co. G, Thirty-first Iowa Infantry; promoted to first lieutenant on battlefield at Vicksburg, Miss., and thereafter serve on staff of W.T. Sherman; took part in battle of Chickasaw Bluff, Arkansas Post, siege of Vicksburg, Lookout Mountain, Dallas, Kenesaw Mountain, around Atlanta, Jonesboro, March to the Sea, and Columbia, S.C., where he was taken prisoner, exchanged and returned to the command at Raleigh, N.C., joined in march through Virginia to Washington, D.C., where armies were reviewed by Grant and Sherman and mustered out in 1865. Resumed marble business and studied law; removed to Jefferson, Co., Kan., and began practice of law in firm of McArthur & Rorick, 1867; elected to lower house of Kansas legislature, 1869-70, and was one of three members who voted against ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; become connected with American Central Insurance Co., November 1869, and has served consecutively as special agent, general agent on Pacific coast, 1877-1878, general adjuster, second vice president, 1894, and as vice president since 1903. Democrat. Member Military Order of Loyal Legion. Mason (32º), Knight Templar. Odd Fellow. Member, Ransom Post, G.A.R. Club: Missouri Athletic. Office: 816 Olive St.

Source: The Book of St. Louisans: A Biographical Dictionary of the Leading Living Men of the City of St. Louis and Vicinity. 1912. St. Louis: The St. Louis Republic.

Lewis Van Blarcom

After having practiced law in a single location, Newton, for a period of thirty-five years, Lewis Van Blarcom may be said to be familiar with all of the legal problems that come up in the business or private life of the residents here. He has been called upon to apply his legal training to business also, as a director in local corporations, and has been as successful in this advisory work as in his professional practice. He has enjoyed not only a long period of private legal work, but has also been entrusted with the public responsibility which goes with the office of county prosecutor, which he held here for five years.

Mr. Van Blarcom was born on April 29, 1883, son of Lewis and Mary (Thompson [sic]) Van Blarcom, both members of families old in the history of the state. His father, also a native of Sussex County, was a veteran of the Civil War, who served as captain of Company E, 15th Regiment of the New Jersey Volunteers; wounded at Spottsylvania, he was made captive, and imprisoned at Libby Prison for a period of six months. In private life he was, like his son, a practicing attorney at Newton, and continued in this field for many years prior to his death on February 19, 1904. His wife, Mary (Thompson [sic]) Van Blarcom, who was born at Marksboro, followed him in death in October of 1916. Mr. Lewis Van Blarcom’s paternal grandfather, William Van Blarcom, was a member of the agrarian community in Sussex County; his maternal grandfather was Dr. Alexander Hamilton Thompson [sic], a well known physician of Warren County.

Mr. Van Blarcom was not only a native a Newton, but also grew up and attended public school here, graduating from the Newton Collegiate Institute and the English and Classical School. He later studied law with Martin Rosencrans, and, upon becoming qualified, was duly admitted to practice at the bar of the State of New Jersey.

Devoting himself to the general practice of law, he has offered his services in Newton continuously since his admission to the bar. He is a Republican in politics, and it was on the ticket of that party that he won the position of prosecutor of Sussex County for the period from 1917 to 1922. Serving in another public capacity, he has been a member of the county tax board for many years, and he has consistently interested himself in the non-partisan civic programs of Newton.

He is a member of the Sussex County Bar Association, and the New Jersey State Bar Association. His associations with the business and financial concerns of Newton include the following posts: member of the board of directors of the Sussex Mutual Insurance Company of Newton, and of the S. & M. Building & Loan Association.

During the World War, Mr. Van Blarcom was a captain of Company E, 4th Battalion, New Jersey State Militia. He is a member of the Society of Colonial Wars, and of the Sons of the American Revolution.

In January of 1919, Lewis Van Blarcom was married to Ethel M. Hart, daughter of Nathan H. and Margaret (Cox) Hart. They are communicants of the Presbyterian Church of Newton, and are active in the social affairs of the community.

Source: Myers, William Starr. 1945. Prominent Families of New Jersey. Volume I. New York: Lewis Publishing Company.

Lewis Van Blarcom

A member of one of New Jersey’s oldest and most prominent families, Captain Lewis Van Blarcom, of Newton, whose death occurred February 20, 1904, was one of the foremost citizens of this State, an esteemed and valued member of the legal fraternity, and a beloved and respected resident of this community. Captain Van Blarcom exercised an inspiring influence in all affairs of this vicinity, having taken an active part in the various civic organizations and in political matters as a leader of the Republican party in Sussex County, and was known to everyone as a fair and honest party chieftain. His grandfather was Garret Van Blarcom, of Bergen County, who married Mary DeGraw, and to this union were born two sons and two daughters. Garret Van Blarcom was noted for his courage and patriotism, serving with distinction in the War of 1812. He removed to Sussex County in 1820 and engaged in farming, and both he and his wife were active in community affairs and were prominently interested members of the North Hardyston Presbyterian Church. He died in 1834, and Mrs. Van Blarcom died, 1864.

William Van Blarcom, second son of Garret and Mary (DeGraw) Van Blarcom, was born in Bergen County. He devoted his activities to agriculture in Sussex County for many years. His children were: Lewis, of further mention; Garret; Lucy A., married James E. Price; Susan C., married Nelson Ackerson; Andrew J., and Hannah, who married Charles Y. Dolsen.

Lewis Van Blarcom was born in Sparta Township, July 19, 1835, and was educated in the public schools of the vicinity, being regard as an unusually bright and diligent student. He afterwards had the advantage of private instruction under E.A. Stiles, the well-known educator in Wantage Township. His youth was spent on the farm of his father, where he assisted in the various works requisite to farm operation and later, for four successive years, taught in public school. Having a desire to study law, he entered the legal office of M.R. Kimble, the prominent Hamburg lawyer, where he read law. One year later he became associated with John Linn in the latter’s office in Newton, and he was thus engaged in preparing for his chosen profession when the advent of the Civil War caused him to cease his studies. Full of patriotic enthusiasm inherited from his pioneering forefathers, Lewis Van Blarcom enlisted on August 25, 1862, as first lieutenant in Company D, 15th New Jersey Volunteers, being actuated by the desire to serve his country in this tragic time, anxious to do all in his power to further the cause of freedom which he so earnestly espoused. A brilliant soldier and fired with an inspiring zeal, it is not surprising that he was promoted to the rank of Captain of Company C in June, 1863. He saw active service in many of the fiercest battles of the war, among which were the first and second battles of Fredericksburg, Salem Heights, Gettysburg, Rappahanock Station, and Spottsylvania. In the last-named battle Captain Van Blarcom was seriously wounded and carried from the battlefield a prisoner. His leg was amputated in an enemy hospital, in which he was permitted to remain but ten days, after which he was taken to Richmond and there placed in Libby Prison, from which he was discharged September 12, and for a time received care and medical treatment in the Annapolis Hospital until he was discharged from the service, December 19, 1864.

Returning to Newton, he at once resumed his law studies and, after passing the required examination, was admitted to the bar as a practicing attorney in 1865, and as a counsellor in 1868. Shortly afterward he formed a partnership with Joseph Coult, Esq., which continued from 1869 to 1873, in which year he became associated with Lewis Cochran, and this partnership continued until 1880. In active public life he was a popular figure for many years, having been appointed by Governor Randolph on March 25, 1869, to the office of prosecutor of pleas, and served the full term of five years, while in 1864 he had been nominated by his party for the office of county clerk. For two years he served as chosen freeholder for the town of Newton, and in 1885 stood as the party candidate for Congress from the then Fourth Congressional District of New Jersey. Divisions in the ranks of the Democratic party made his election possible, and he carried his native county of Sussex with such a majority as had never been accorded his party. For many years he was chairman of the Republican County Executive Committee, being just as brave in the field of politics as he had been on the battlefield, and his thorough honesty and integrity, fairness and candor were recognized and acknowledged by all, even political adversaries. Captain Van Blarcom was deeply interested in the prosperity and development of Newton, and aided its progress with all his influence and support. The welfare of Civil War veterans was one of his chief concerns, and he was never too busy to assist in promoting their happiness or aid them in necessity, while he was one of the principal factors in securing the soldiers’ monument now located in the public park in Newton.

Captain Lewis Van Blarcom married, August 17, 1871, Mary Thomson, daughter of Dr. Alexander H. Thomson, of Marksboro, Warren County, and they were the parents of three children: Kate, married Judge Henry T. Kays, of Newton; Andrew, see following biography; and Lewis, a practicing lawyer in Newton.

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

Lewis Van Blarcom

Lewis, eldest son of William and Catherine A. (Sutton) Van Blarcom, was born in Sparta township, Sussex county, New Jersey, July 19, 1835, died February 9, 1904. His early education was obtained at the common school in his native township and under the private instruction of Edward A. Stiles, a well-known teacher of Wantage. His minority was mostly spent at home, where he became inured of farm work and learned the inestimable lesson of self-reliance and perseverance. After reaching a suitable age he became a teacher, continuing for four terms. In 1858 he began to read law with M.R. Kimble, of Hamburg, and after one year entered the law office of John Linn, of Newton. August 25, 1862, he enlisted as first lieutenant, Company D, Fifteenth Regiment, New Jersey Volunteers, and for meritorious service was promoted in June, 1863, to captain of Company C. During his service he was in the following engagements: Fredericksburg, December, 1862; Second Fredericksburg at Salem Heights, May, 1863; Gettysburg, July, 1863; Rappahanock Station, November, 1863; Spottsylvania, May 8, 1864. In the latter engagement he was wounded and captured by the enemy and has his leg amputated by their surgeons. After remaining in the hospital for ten days he was carried to Richmond and place in Libby Prison, where he remained until September 12, 1864, when he was exchanged and placed in the hospital at Annapolis. December 10, 1864, he received his discharge from the service and returned home. After his return to Newton he resumed the study of law and was admitted to the bar as attorney, June, 1865, and in June, 1868, as counsellor. He then began the practice of his profession in Newton, where he met with great and well-deserved success. From 1869 to 1873 he was associated in business with Joseph Coult, from 1873 to 1889 with Lewis Cochran. Governor Randolph appointed him, March 25, 1869, prosecutor of the please, and he discharged the duties of that office with acknowledged ability and justice for a term of five years. Politically speaking Captain Van Blarcom was a Republican and a leading and influential man in his party in Sussex county. he was the Republican candidate for county clerk, member of congress, but failed of election owing to his party being largely in the minority. For two years he was one of the chosen board of freeholders. For many years he was chairman of the Republican county committee.

August 17, 1871, he married Mary, daughter of Dr. Alexander H. Thomson, of Marksboro, Warren county, New Jersey. Children: 1. Kate. 2. Andrew. 3. Lewis, Jr.

Source: Lee, Francis Bazley. 1910. Genealogical and Memorial History of the State of New Jersey. New York: Lewis Publishing Company.

Lewis Van Blarcom

Lewis, eldest son of William Van Blarcom, was born in Sparta township, July 19, 1835. His early education was obtained at the common school in his native township, and under the private instruction of Edward A. Stiles, a well-known teacher of Wantage.

His minority was spent mostly at home, where he became inured to farm work, and learned the inestimable lessons of self-reliance and perseverance. After reach the proper age he was a teacher for four terms.

In 1858 he began to read law with M.R. Kimble, of Hamburg, and after one year entered the law offices of John Linn, of Newton.

On Aug. 25, 1862, Mr. Van Blarcom enlisted as first lieutenant, Company D, Fifteenth Regiment New Jersey Volunteers, and for meritorious service was promoted in June, 1863, to captain of Company C. This regiment was part of the First New Jersey Brigade, which formed a part of the Army of the Potomac, First Division, Sixth Army Corps.

Capt. Van Blarcom was in the following engagements: Fredericksburg, December 1862; second Fredericksburg, at Salem Heights, May 1863; Gettysburg, Jul 1863; Rappahanock Station, November 1863; Spottsylvania, May 8, 1864.

In this last engagement, he was wounded and captured by the rebels, and had his leg amputated by them. After remaining in the hospital for ten days, he was carried to Richmond and placed in Libby Prison, where he remained until Sept. 12, 1864, when he was exchanged and placed in the hospital at Annapolis. He received his discharge from service on Dec. 19, 1864, and returned home.

After his admission as an attorney he began the practice of law in Newton, where he has successfully practiced his profession since. From 1869 to 1873, Joseph Coult was associated with him in business, and from 1873 to 1880, Lewis Cochran. He was appointed prosecutor of pleas by Governor Randolph, March 25, 1869, and discharged the duties of that office with acknowledged ability and justice for a term of five years.

Capt. Van Blarcom is, politically, a Republican, and leading and influential in his party in Sussex County.

Upon his return from the war in the fall of 1864 he was the Republican candidate for county clerk, but failed of election on account of his party being largely in the minority.

For two years he was one of the chosen board of freeholders, and he has been chairman of the Republican county committee for the past eight years.

He married, Aug. 17, 1871, Mary, daughter of Alexander H. Thompson [sic], of Marksborough, Warren Co., N.J. His children are Kate and Andrew.

Source: Snell, James P. 1881. History of Sussex and Warren Counties, New Jersey. Philadelphia: Everts & Peck.

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.