Short News Items from 1905

Last week Thursday Wm. Van Horn and wife, of Wells, visited their grandparents Amzy Clay and wife, several days last week. (Tuscola County Advertiser, April 7, 1905)

Misses Lucy and Cora Margarum, of Stockholm, spent last Saturday and Sunday with the Misses Coursen of Oak Ridge. (Dover Iron Era, April 7, 1905)

M.A. Redding and family left Thursday evening for Berkeley where they will make their home. Mr. Redding has leased him home on Kaweah street to F.J. Steele who is now occupying the place. (Hanford Kings County Sentinel, April 13, 1905)

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He Read His Own Obituary.

Middletown, N.Y., Nov. 10.—To have his death notice and obituary, accompanied by his picture, printed in various newspapers, and be alive to read it, is the experience of Theodore F. Margarum, of Sussex, N.J. Mr. Margarum has been ill some time and last Wednesday it was said he had died. As president of the Farmers’ National Bank of Sussex, ex-Mayor and former candidate for State Senator, Mr. Margarum is widely known, and the report of his death brought out long accounts of his life and work. Mr. Margarum is still very sick.

Source: New York Tribune, November 11, 1905.

Business & Professional Notices from 1917

The annual meeting of the stockholders of the Farmers’ National Bank was held at the banking rooms in Sussex Tuesday afternoon. Directors elected were: Charles G. Wilson, Theodore F. Northrup, Frank Holbert, Samuel S. Vandruff, Elihu Adams, William A. Roy, James R. Kincaid, Ford W. Margarum, J. Merritt Willson. The directors organized by electing Ford W. Margarum president; Frank Holbert, cashier; and Theodore M. Holbert, assistant cashier. (Middletown Times Press, January 13, 1917)

The big store is now conducted by M.F. Loosley and sons. The three sons, Harold A., Edward and Harry R., assuming a partnership with their father dating from January 1, 1917. (Portola Sentinel, January 27, 1917)

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Business & Professional Notices from 1898

HAS GIVEN UP HIS LICENSE: H.K. Wood has given up his license for his hotel on Depot street. Trade was not of the order which would make such an investment paying, and he has concluded to retire. (Middletown Daily Argus, February 2, 1898)

HOUSEKEEPER—Lady wants position as housekeeper in small family, or where other help is kept; best of references. Address MRS. W.M. RORICK, 270 Lafayette ave. (Detroit Free Press, March 10, 1898)

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Business & Professional Notices from the 1860s

We are indebted to Albert Walling, Esq., editor of the Oregon Farmer, for a copy of the Constitution of the Oregon State Ag. Society. (The Washington Standard, May 18, 1861)

D.E. Frambes and T.F. Margarum retire from firm of Edwards, Frambes & Co. (Newspaper Clippings from the Sussex Register, originally published September 28, 1862)

Premiums awarded by the Oregon State Agricultural Society: Mineral or Earth Paint, G.W. Walling, diploma; Iron Ore, G.W. Walling, diploma; Printing, A.G. Walling, bookwork, 1st premium; English Walnuts, J.D. Walling, diploma. (Weekly Oregonian, November 1, 1862)

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Ford W. Margarum Is Descendant Of Many Farmers’ Bank Heads

John J. Stanton, in his column, “About Interesting People” devotes a part of this week’s issue of the Sussex, N.J., Independent to Ford W. Margarum, of whom he has the following to say:

Ford W. Margarum, who was again elected president of the Farmers’ National Bank, of Sussex, Tuesday last, began his services with the bank more than 25 years ago.  He has filled the office of president continuously since the death of Charles A. Wilson, in October, 1907.  He is a natural, ingrained banker and business man.  His great grandfather was a great business man and a pioneer in Hamburg.  His wife was Mary Ford, who died in 1856.  Stephen Ford Margarum, the son of Samuel Edward and Mary Ford Margarum, was born at Hamburg in 1793, and died 1852.  He inherited the enterprise of his family, and his business connections were very extensive.  In 1827, nearly a hundred years ago, he bought the estate of William Smith, merchant, of New York city, 1,088 and 65-100 acres of the Colonel Seward tract upon the Snufftown mountain.  He added to this purchase by others afterwards made.  The venerable John Seward mansion was his home and his mother, Mrs. Mary F. Margarum, resided with him.  About 69 years ago the old house was taken down to make room for the more commodious and tasteful dwelling erected by his son, Noah H. Margarum.  Mr. Margarum had a saw mill and grist mills and ran the forge upon the Seward creek branch of the Pennaquock above his house and near the Vernon township line.  The Col. Seward here mentioned was the grandfather of the distinguished William H. Seward, of the Lincoln cabinet.  The latter was born in Florida, Orange county, in 1801.  Dr. Samuel Swezy Seward at the time of his death was one of the wealthiest men in Orange county.  On his mother’s side Ford’s great grandfather, grandfather, great uncle and father were all presidents of the Farmers’ National Bank.  You can now readily see where Ford gets his name.

Source:  Orange County Times-Press, January 20, 1925.

Some Short Death Notices

REDDING, Nov. 24.—Adolph Dobrowsky died suddenly at 9 o’clock this morning of heart failure.  Dobrowsky was 65 years of age and was born in Austria.  He came to California in the fifties and to the old town of Shasta in 1860, where he followed his profession of jeweler.  He removed to Anderson and fifteen years ago to Redding.  He has since conducted the Golden Eagle jewelry store.  Dobrowsky is survived by a widow and two sons, Frank and Ernest, the former being his partner.  (San Francisco Call, November 25, 1901).

Mrs. Theodore Margarum died at the Margarum homestead, in Sussex, N.J., last Saturday afternoon. She was about 75 years of age.  The deceased is survived by one son, Ford Margarum, president of the Sussex National Bank, and a daughter, Mrs. H.J. Harp, also of Sussex.  (Middletown Times-Press, May 4, 1917.

John D. Adams received a dispatch today telling of the death of his aunt, Mrs. Emily Paugh, at Mt. Salem, N.J., November 30, aged 69.  Funeral tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Mt. Salem.  (Middletown Times-Press, December 1, 1891)

Gabriel Walling, who came to Oregon in 1854, was found dead in bed at the home of his son, Frank Walling, yesterday morning.  He was 68 years of age and was closely associated with the history of the Willamette valley.  Six children survive him, as follows:  John E., who lives at Mabel, Linn county; George G., F.M. and Roy G., who live in Portland; Walter C. and Nellie E., who live in Salem. (Oregon Daily Journal, January 16, 1904).

Wedding Announcements from the New York Times

Miss Sara Streit Riker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Marsh Riker of 83 Lincoln Park, Newark, was married to Andrew Van Blarcom in the South Park Presbyterian Church, Newark, last evening. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Lyman Whitney Allen, pastor of the church. The bride was attended by her sister, Miss Berrian Riker, while Leonard [sic] Van Blarcom, brother of the bridegroom, was best man. The flower girls were Miss Marguerite Riker and Miss Prudence Durand, and the bridesmaids were Miss Elsie Riker of East Orange; Miss Alice Allen of Williamsport, Penn.; Miss Annie Orr of Pittsburg [sic], Penn.; Miss Matilda Dodd, Miss Elizabeth Carter, and Miss Elsie Tripp of Newark. The ushers were Harold Dodge, Franklin Conklin, Jr., and Henry Kays of Newton; Robert Southard, Charles Inslee, and Ralph Inslee of New York. Owing to a recent death in the bride’s family, there was no reception. (New York Times, May 10, 1906)

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Marion Robinson & Ford W. Margarum

Miss Marion Louise Robertson, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Samuel E. Robertson of 21 Walnut St., Newark, N.J., and Ford W. Margarum of Sussex, were married last night at the bride’s home by the Rev. Dr. Robert Scott Inglis, pastor of the Third Presbyterian Church, North. Miss Robertson is a former student at Blair Academy and Mr. Margarum is the President of the Farmers National Bank of Sussex. His grandfather and father each occupied the same position.

Source: New York Times, November 29, 1916