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)

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)

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. (New York Times, November 29, 1916)

Mr. and Mrs. William Casper Tyrrell of Beaumont, Texas, have announced to friends here the engagement of their daughter, Miss Carol Tyrrell, to Harold Moyer Gilmore of Philadelphia. The wedding will take place in Belmond, Iowa, on Sept. 21. (New York Times, August 15, 1929)

The marriage of Miss Margaret Louise Milne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George H. Milne, to Charles Livingston Stover, son of Mrs. Charles L. Stover of Lowell, Mass., took place yesterday afternoon in the chapel of St. Bartholomew’s Church. The Right Reverend Fred Ingley, Coadjutor Bishop of Colorado, performed the ceremony in the presence of a small gathering. The bride, who was given in marriage by her father, wore a gown of blue chiffon and a picture hat. Mrs. Richard Kates Paynter, Jr. of Princeton, N.J., was the bride’s only attendant. She wore a gown of apricot-colored chiffon and a picture hat. She carried a bouquet of delphinium and African daisies. Richard Stover was best man and Victor Dockmeyer of Bronxville, N.Y., was usher. (New York Times, April 28, 1932)

SUSSEX, N.J., June 28 — Miss Janet Robertson Margarum, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ford Margarum of this place, was married tonight in the Sussex Presbyterian Church to Ralph Albert Taylor, son of Mr. and Mrs. Winfred Taylor of Summit, N.J., by the pastor, the Rev. A.J.W. Mowatt. The bride, given in marriage by her father, had her sister, Miss Martha Louise Margarum, for maid of honor. Mr. Taylor’s father was best man. (New York Times, June 29, 1940)

Ardsley-on-Hudson, N.Y., Jan. 25 — Mr. and Mrs. Charles Livingston Stover have made known the engagement of their daughter, Louise Milne Stover, to John T. Roberts of Hingham, Mass. He is the son of Capt. Reed T. Roberts, U.S.N., retired, and Mrs. Roberts of Chevy Chase, Md. Miss Stover, who made her debut at the 1954 Westchester Cotillion, was graduated from the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry. She is a senior at Wellesley College. The late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Livingston Stover of Lowell, Mass., and the late Mr. and Mrs. George Hutchinson Milne of New York and Lakeville, Conn., were her grandparents. Mr. Roberts prepared at the Brooks School, North Andover, Mass., for Massachusetts Institute of Technology, from which he graduated last June. (New York Times, January 26, 1958)

Elmsford, N.Y., Sept. 6 — Miss Louise Milne Stover and John Tyssowski Roberts were married here this afternoon in the Protestant Episcopal Church of St. Joseph of Arimathea. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Walter H. McNeeley. A reception was held at Beech Hill, the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Livingston Stover. The bridegroom is the son of Capt. Reed T. Roberts, U.S.N., retired, and Mrs. Roberts of Chevy Chase, Md. Miss Carol Millholland was maid of honor and the bridesmaids were the Misses Jean Stover, a sister of the bride; Jane Roberts, sister of the bridegroom; Anne Fiske, Gail Dix and Yvonne Laan. Karl Corley was best man. Miss Roberts, who made her debut at the 1954 Westchester Cotillion, was graduated from the Masters School and in June from Wellesley College. She is a provisional member of the Junior League of Tarrytown. Her husband, who is attending the law school of the University of Virginia, is an alumnus of the Brooks School, North Andover, Mass., and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, class of ’57. He is a second lieutenant in the Army Reserve. (New York Times, September 7, 1958)

Mary Thomson Van Blarcom

Mrs. Mary Thomson Van Blarcom, whose death occurred at her home in Newton, October 5th, was born at Marksboro, N. J., on June 5th, 1837. She was the daughter of Dr. Alexander Hamilton Thomson, a graduate of the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania, and Rachael Everett Thomson, his wife. Her grandfather was Robert Thomson and her great grandfather, Col. Mark Thomson of distinguished Revolutionary memory, and a large land owner from whom Marksboro took its name. Besides serving in the war for Independence, Col. Thomson was in 177(unclear) elected a member from Sussex county to the Provincial Congress of New Jersey, one of the acts of which Congress was to change the government of New Jersey from the colonial form to a constitutional government or state. In all services to his country and state, in the trying days which called for patriotism, courage and capacity, Col. Thomson’s name appears a heritage of honor, to his descendants. In 1857, she married James Cummins, who died in 1863. Of this marriage, there are living three children, Mary L., wife of the late Vice Chancellor James E. Howell, Anna Florence, wife of James E. Baldwin, of Newton and Dr. James H. Cummins, of Newton. In 1871, she married Captain Lewis Van Blarcom, an accomplished member of the bar. The children of this marriage are Kate Van Blarcom, of Newton, Andrew Van Blarcom, second assistant Prosecutor of Essex county and Lewis Van Blarcom, a lawyer of Newton. All her married life was passed at Newton, and though nearly eighty years of age, the declining years had dealt very gently with the beauty of her youth and with her attractive personality. She surrounded herself with that ideal county life of which she was so fond and which was always foremost in her mind. These with her many starling graces of mind and heart, drew to her a wide circle of friends to whom they will ever be a precious memory.

Source:  New Jersey Herald, October 12, 1916.

Miss Van Blarcom, An Artist, Was 40

Wife of Charles R. Milbauer is Dead — Former Serigraph Society Aide Headed Gallery

Miss Mary Van Blarcom of Point Pleasant, N.J., an artist, former vice president of the National Serigraph Society and former director of Artists of Today Gallery in Newark, N.J., died Tuesday in Point Pleasant Hospital, after a long illness. Her age was 40.

Miss Van Blarcom who, in private life was Mrs. Charles Rudolf Milbauer, wife of the artist, is represented by paintings and serigraphs (silk screen prints) in the collections of the New York Public Library, Howard University, Central Michigan College of Education, United States State Department, Ball State Teachers College, Indiana, American Association of University Women, Alabama Polytechnic Institute and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

She won the Marion Cunningham Memorial Prize for “La Bete” in 1949, received honorable mention from the American Color Print Society for “March Wind” in 1948, and won the Barstow Award for water-color at the National Association for University Women in 1946 and the Morrow Award of the Beacon Annual in 1947.

Miss Van Blarcom exhibited her work widely. She was a member of the American Color Print Society, Associated Artists of New Jersey and Artists Equity.

She had studied at Wellesley College and with Frederick Griffin at the Muse Studio, Newark.

Surviving, besides her husband, are a son, Karl A. Milbauer; a daughter by a former marriage, Mary Ann Bradley; her mother, Mrs. Andrew Van Blarcom of Andover, N.J.; a brother, Joseph Van Blarcom of Madison, N.J.; and two sisters, Mrs. Ralph Inslee of Newton, N.J. and Mrs. Percy Ballantine of Andover, N.J.

Source: New York Times, July 17, 1953.

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.

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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. Continue reading “Lewis Van Blarcom”

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.