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.

Anne B. Van Blarcom, Percy H. Ballantine

Windy Brow Farm, Newton, was the scene Saturday of the wedding of Miss Anne Breckridge [sic] Van Blarcom, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Van Blarcom of Newton, formerly of Nutley, to Percy H. Ballantine of 360 Mt. Prospect avenue, Newark, son of Mr. and Mrs. Percy Ballantine of Lake Wales, Fla., formerly of Newark. Rev. George C. Vincent of Union Congregational Church, Montclair, officiated.

Mrs. Ralph Inslee, in whose home the wedding took place, was matron of honor for her sister and William Cochrane of Broomall, Pa., the bridegroom’s brother-in-law, was best man.

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Art Exhibit At City Studio

Mary Van Blarcom and Charles Milbauer, Point Pleasant Beach artists, are showing many of their recent pictures at a two-man show at the Asbury Park Society of Fine Arts gallery in the Noumair studio, Asbury Park. The show is the first in a series of one and two-man shows to be sponsored by the society during the winter.

The Van Blarcom-Milbauer exhibit represents a good sense of design and color for which the artists have received wide recognition. The painting vary in medium and include serigraphs, block prints and compositions of driftwood.

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Small Town News

Elihu Adams of New York city spent Saturday in town.  (Middletown Times-Press, October 18, 1916)

Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Condon and Mrs. Ann Fox of Hollywood, Calif., were guests last night at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Coahran.  The Hollywood man is a nephew of the late Thomas Condon, noted geologist, for whom a state park in the John Day country was named last week.  The Californians were en route to The Dalles, to attend the golden wedding celebration of his parents. The visitors and Mrs. Coahran were schoolmates.  (The Bend Bulletin, June 3, 1954)

I.P. Gile, whose place is at the mouth of More creek, was in town last Wednesday with a load of apples, the largest and finest we have seen this season.  They sold at 4½ cents.  Mr. Gile says a fruit raiser near his place has trees loaded with peaches, being so full the trees and branches had to be propped up.  The peach crop is almost a total failure in Ada county this season, this man is selling his abundant crop as fast as he can haul it to market, at a bit a pound.  (Idaho Semi-Weekly World, September 25, 1885).

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News from Middletown, NY

Former Assemblyman and Mrs. Frederick Northrup on Saturday quietly celebrated the 25th anniversary of their marriage at their country home, “Weilkelt Farm,” near this city. They were the recipients of felicitations from many friends and neighbors in the vicinity, and also from Poughkeepsie, their former home, Albany, New York and Washington, D.C. (Middletown Times-Press, January 8, 1917)

LEWIS VAN BLARCOM WEDS MISS HART AT NEWTON: Announcement has just been made by Mr. and Mrs. Nathan H. Hart, of Newton, N.J., of the marriage of their daughter, Ethel, to Lewis Van Blarcom, prosecutor of Sussex county, also of Newton. The ceremony was performed on January 18 last in New York City. (Middletown Times-Press, September 8, 1919)

Washingtonville — Alice Ann Decker and Allan Thomas Schadt were wed Sept. 25 at the First Presbyterian Church in Washingtonville. Rev. Dent officiated. A reception followed at Monell Fireman’s Hall in Washingtonville. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tracy Decker of Washingtonville. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Schadt of Eldred. Faye Anson of Rock Tavern was the matron of honor. Mike Anson, Sr. of Rock Tavern was the best man. The bride is a graduate of Washingtonville High School. Her husband is a graduate of Eldred High School. He is employed with the United Postal System. After a wedding trip through lower New York state, they will live in Barryville. (Middletown Times-Herald, December 3, 1976)