Of College Interest

The marriage of Miss Ruth Van Blarcom, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew J. Van Blarcom of Newton, N.J., and Mr. Philip Erwin Whiting, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred E. Whiting of Auburndale, this state, took place at the family residence in Newton at 8 o’clock Saturday evening, June 8. The Rev. C.W. Rouse officiated. Miss Van Blarcom was attended by her sister, Miss Mildred Van Blarcom, a student at Wellesley College, and Mr. Royal G. Whiting of Auburndale was his brother’s best man. The bride is a graduate of Wellesley, class of 1913, and the groom of Harvard, class of 1907. Mr. and Mrs. Whiting will live in New York city.

Source: Boston Herald, June 9, 1918.

Business & Professional Notices from the 1890s

Messrs. H.K. Wood and Ira Smith will deliver ice next summer in this village. (Middletown Daily Press, March 24, 1890)

A.J. VanBlarcom & Company have purchased the flour and feed business and property of John J. Hiles in Newton. (Middletown Daily Times, December 18, 1891)

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Business & Professional Notices from 1893

The firm of A.J. VanBlarcom, at Newton, has dissolved partnership. Wm. D. Ackerson will continue the business. (Middletown Daily Times, August 3, 1893)

W.E. Newsom, owner of the steamer Iralda, has drawn his boat off the Portland-Oak Point route, and will soon put her on the run to Astoria in opposition to the Telephone. The Iralda will be braced up and be ballasted with fresh-water tanks to hold her steady in the water and obviate the necessity of cleaning boiler so often as they would be obliged to do if the pumps were used in the lower river. The steamer Carrie F. will be put on the Oak Point Clatskanie route in opposition to the Sarah Dixon, and connect with the Iralda at the former place. The Iralda’s time schedule has not been announced but it is understood that she will start from Portland in the morning and make the round trip to Astoria the same day, returning to Portland at about 10:00 o’clock P.M. (St. Helens Mist, November 17, 1893)

Business & Professional Notices from 1888

Newton, N.Y. [sic], Feb. 3 — The case of Robert Westbrook, charged with the murder of Dennis J. Morris, was given to the jury at 4 o’clock today. Mr. Kallisch summed up for the defendant in an argument of three hours to his client’s innocence, and Capt. Van Blarcom, in a speech of two hours, insisted on a verdict of murder in the first degree. Judge Magie reviewed the evidence at great length, the charge being thought unfavorable to the prisoner. Several exceptions were taken by the defense. After five hours the jury rendered a verdict of not guilty. Westbrook rose, threw up his hat, and, with a shout “I am free,” fell weeping on the neck of his sobbing wife. (New York Times, February 4, 1888)

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Mary Van Blarcom ‘Madonna’ Hung In St. Mary’s

POINT PLEASANT BEACH – The late Mary Van Blarcom, whose oil painting “Island Madonna” was dedicated at a Christmas program in St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church on Sunday, was a resident of Point Pleasant Beach for nine years.

Born in Newark, the artist studied art there. Her work is exhibited in may private collections and a number of museums. She did water colors, oils, lithographs, and color prints and had her most recent show last May in a solarium on the boardwalk at Asbury Park.

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Death of Capt. Lewis Van Blarcom

NEWTON, N.J., Feb. 21.—Capt. Lewis Van Blarcom, a prominent lawyer of this place, died yesterday from paralysis. He was born at Sparta, this county, July 19, 1835. He served in the civil war in the Fifteenth Regiment, New Jersey Volunteers. He was wounded and captured, and spent four months in Libby Prison. He was admitted to the bar in 1865, and in 1869 formed a partnership with Joseph Colt, now of Newark. Capt. Van Blarcom served five years as Prosecutor of the Pleas and for two years as a Chosen Freeholder. He is survived by a widow, two sons, and a daughter.

Source: New York Times, February 22, 1904.

About Mary Van Blarcom

Of a much later era was Mary Van Blarcom who moved to Point Pleasant Beach from North Jersey at the time of her second marriage, to Charles R. Milbauer, in 1945.

Ms. Van Blarcom gained a national reputation for her abstract paintings and serigraphs (silk screen prints), many of religious subjects. Examples of her work are in the collections of the New York Public Library, Howard University, Central Michigan College, the U.S. State Department, Alabama Polytechnic Institute and M.I.T.

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Mary Van Blarcom To Exhibit Prints

NEW YORK.—A reception tomorrow afternoon at Serigraph Galleries, 38 West 57th street, will inaugurate the three-week exhibition of serigraph prints by Mary Van Blarcom.

Mary Van Blarcom, formerly of Newark, lives at 930 Bay avenue, Point Pleasant, with her husband, Charles R. Milbauer and daughter Mary Anne Bradley. Miss Van Blarcom is also known in the field of modern creative art for her oils and watercolors.

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A.J. Van Blarcom

Newton—(AP)—Andrew J. Van Blarcom, 84, one of the oldest businessmen in this community, died Sunday at his home. Mr. Van Blarcom was director of the Sussex and Merchants National Bank, and of the Sussex Mutual Insurance Company. For more than 50 years he was a member of the Newton Fire Patrol.

Source: Bridgewater Courier-News, January 17, 1933.