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)

Continue reading “Wedding Announcements from the New York Times”

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

Small Town News—Margarum

Janet Margarum, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stanford Margarum, is recovering at her home. She has been seriously ill in Sussex Hospital. (Middletown Times Herald, January 8, 1946)

Unionville — Janet Margarum, young daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stanford Margarum, is recuperating at Lynn Hospital, Sussex, following an appendectomy on Tuesday. (Middletown Times Herald, February 15, 1946)

Miss Mary Margarum, of Deckertown, is a guest of Mrs. F.M. Stratton. (Middletown Daily Argus, June 13, 1898)

Last Saturday afternoon Mr. Noah Margarum was bringing two ladies — Mrs. S.T. Lazear and Mrs. C.S. Hunter — from his home near Stockholm, N.J., where they had been visiting, to Warwick. The rear seat of the wagon was not fastened, and the ladies were fearful lest it should fall out; but Mr. Margarum said it was all right. Just on top of the Vernon Mountain the horses shied at something in the road and the ladies were thrown backward, striking their heads and shoulders. Both sustained concussion of the brain, and were removed to the nearest house — that of Mr. Webb. Dr. W.B. Bradner was summoned from Warwick and the ladies were made as comfortable as possible. They suffered great pain and were for a time delirious, but at last accounts were reported to be improving. Mrs. Lazear is an elderly lady — almost 60 years of age — and Mrs. Hunter is her youngest daughter. (Warwick Valley Dispatch, August 25, 1886)

Stanford Margarum is under treatment by Dr. Louis Myers for an eye injury suffered Saturday while at work. (Middletown Times Herald, December 15, 1941)

Stanford Margarum will move to the New Ideal Farm, near Sussex, on December 1st. (Middletown Times Herald, November 15, 1945)

Mrs. Sanford [sic] Margarum is in Linn Hospital, Sussex, where she underwent a major operation Monday. (Middletown Times Herald, February 19, 1947)

Theodore Margarum, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ford Margarum, left last week for Blair Academy. (Sussex Independent, October 1, 1942)

Isabel Adams Willson

WILLSON — Isabel Adams, at Sussex, N.J., on April 22, 1970. Beloved wife of M. Lawrence Willson, mother of John A. and Lawrence D., grandmother of Lawrence Adams and Barbara Lynn Willson, daughter of the late Elihu Adams and Mary Margarum. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the American Cancer Society or your favorite charity. Services at the First Presbyterian Church, Sussex, N.J., on Saturday at 2 P.M.

Source:  New York Times, April 23, 1970.

Ford W. Margarum Wedded in Newark

Miss Marion L. Robertson Bride of Sussex Man

In the presence of 300 guests, at the home of the bride, 21 Walnut street, Newark, N.J., Tuesday evening, at 8 o’clock, Miss Marion L. Robertson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel E. Robertson, and Ford W. Margarum, of Sussex, N.J., were united in marriage by the Rev. Dr. Robert Scott Inglis.  The bride was given away by her father.

Dr. H.J. Harp, of Sussex, N.J., was best man and Alan G. Robertson, of Newark, brother of the bride, and Theodore Holbert, of Sussex, acted as ushers.

The maid of honor was Miss Marie W. Robertson, sister of the bride.  She wore a pretty dress of silver lace, blue chiffon taffeta embroidered in silver.  She carried pink chrysanthemums tied with silver.

The bridesmaids, who were Alice Linn, of Sussex, and Amanda W. Northrop, of Newark, wore gowns of pink satin with foundations of silver cloth and silver lace flounces.  They carried pink chrysanthemums tied with silver.

Isabel Adams, niece of the groom, was the flower girl.  She wore a dress of white net and carried a basket of yellow tea roses.

The bride work a beautiful gown of silver tissue worked over bridal silver crepe with Grecian pattern silver lace trimmed all over, draped skirt and waist of net and silver lace.  The train was of very sheer georgette crepe, trimmed with silver lace, a mass of bridal silk maline, worked in, giving a picturesque effect.  Her flowers were bridal roses and lilies-of-the-valley.

A sister of the groom, Mrs. H.J. Harp, was gowned in white net over white satin with iridescent trimming.

The house was artistically decorated with chrysanthemums, southern smilax, palms and white roses.  Music was furnished by a harp, violin and cello.

A platinum bar pin with diamonds was the gift of the groom to the bride.

The couple will make their future home in Sussex, where the groom is president of the Farmers’ National Bank.

Mr. Margarum is well known in this city, being a member of Middletown Lodge, No. 1097, B.P.O.E.

Source:  Middletown Times Press, November 29, 1916

Samuel Bascom Babbitt

Born April 29, 1844.

Served in the U.S. Signal Corps in the war. Was a clerk in a country store with his father-in-law until 1879, his wife having died a year before. He then went to Kansas, purchased a farm and with his brother Charles cultivated it. In 1889 was married to Parthenia Margarum whose family lived in Stockholm, New Jersey; going on the farm located in Clyde, Cloud Co., Kansas (Charles having moved to another farm in Miltonvale, same county). In 1889, sold the farm and located in Worthington, Franklin County, Ohio. In Dec. 1904 was appointed Postmaster in Worthington serving four years; because of failing health resigned, turning the office over to his successor in Dec., 1909; is now living in Worthington without business. As a boy he attended the country district school during the winter terms, and in 1861 taught a three months’ term in one of these districts; also in 1862 and 1863. Was also one of the Ohio squirrel hunters who went to Cincinnati in 1863 after John Morgan’s raiders.

Married (1st) Elizabeth Ann Johnston, June 7, 1868. Died June 7, 1878.
Married (2nd) March 7, 1889 Parthenia Margarum. No children.

Source: Browne, William Bradford. 1912. The Babbitt Family History: 1643-1900. Taunton, MA: C.A. Hack & Son.

The Police Blotter

A young man named Seymour Glandon was arrested in Ashland Tuesday by Deputy Sheriff Logan on a warrant from Polk county, where he is wanted to answer on a charge of seduction. (The Oregonian, October 7, 1886)

Sussex Courts open. Continue but four days. One trial of note was Jacob Kimble vs. James R. Inglis, for seduction of daughter. Verdict $300. (Newspaper Clippings from the Sussex Register. 1887-1899. Newton, N.J.: The Register. Originally published August 15, 1837)

Miller, S.D., March 19. — The sheriff has brought in Willard Davis, charged with store breaking. Dave and John Rorick have also been arrested. It develops that an organized band has been operating here for some time. (Bismarck Tribune, March 19, 1894, and  Aberdeen Daily News, March 19, 1894)

BURGLARIES IN DECKERTOWN: Burglars were at work in Deckertown, Wednesday night. They entered the residence of Mayor Margarum and ransacked the lower part of the house, but only got $6, which they took from Miss Mary Margarum’s purse. (Middletown Daily Argus, March 23, 1894)

Levi Lateer was arrested, to-day, on the charge of keeping a disorderly house in the North End. He pleased not guilty and demanded a jury trial, and gave bail for his appearance from trial on Friday. (Middletown Daily Argus, August 31, 1896)

The case against of the people vs. Levi Lateer, charged with keeping a disorderly house at the North End, was called before the Recorder this morning. The defendant was discharged, the complainant failing to put in an appearance. (Middletown Daily Argus, September 22, 1896)

Mrs. Thelma B. Brown, 41, of 808 Luck avenue was fined $10 and court costs Thursday in Municipal Court after she pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless operation. Mrs. Brown was charged Wednesday after she parked her auto and opened her car door into the path of a car driven by Charles F. Hutchinson, 35, of 739 Homewood. The accident occurred on Homewood avenue. (Zanesville Times Recorder, February 28, 1964)