Joseph Ashur Lumbard
Editor Of the Snyder County Tribune, Civil War Veteran, Politician
Heather (Sulouff) Truckenmiller
Note - Apoplexy is an old-fashioned medical term, generally used interchangeably with cerebrovascular accident (or stroke) but having other meanings as well.
VETERAN AND FORMER. EDITOR OF THE SNYDER COUNTY TRIBUNE DIED SUDDENLY
JOSEPH A. LUMBARD, Editor ‘Of the Tribune for 40 year Dies of Apoplexy, Aged 71 Years
Hon. Joseph A. .Lumbard, for forty years the editor and publisher of the .Snyder County Tribune, the oldest Republican paper in the county, and one of the leading periodicals of this section, died Friday morning,. December 3rd, aged 71 years, 10 months and 28 days His lifeless body was found in the stable by his wife, at about eleven o’clock Apoplexy was the cause of his death.
As a citizen Mr. Lumbard held a high reputation; his patriotism demonstrated at an early age. as a soldier in the Union Army.
He was but a boy of eighteen when, on September 13, 1862 he enlisted for three years in Captain Davis’ famous Company ‘G’ volunteers.
This band of recruits was attached ed to the 147th Regt. P V I and saw much severe fighting, ending their service as part of the force that marched from Atlanta to the sea with Sherman.
Mr. Lumbard participated in all the important battles of his regiment and he was wounded at Gettysburg.
Mr. Lumbard was born January 5th, 1844, at Selinsgrove, where he received a common school education.
On April 2nd, 1860, he became an apprentice in ‘the office of the’ Selinsgrove Times, published by Newhall and Weirick hut his work there was interrupted by his military Serv1ce.
After the war closed he returned to Snyder County, and on October 22nd, 1865, he took the position of foremanship on the Snyder County Tribune, then published at Middleburg
In October, 1866, he acquired a part-ownership in the paper, becoming its editor and publisher in 1874.
The office was destroyed in the great fire of February 22nd, 1872, and unfortunately there was no insurance, as the paper had been moved from Middleburg to Selinsgrove, and the insurance had not yet been transferred, when the fire destroyed the plant. Nothing daunted, however, by the mishap, its owners purchased new material and in two weeks from the time of the fire the Tribune was again issued.
When Mr. Lumbard took charge of the paper it was a six-volume journal, printed on a Washington ‘hand press; he soon installed modern machinery and trebled it’s circulation.
Mr. Lumbard was a vigorous writer, positive in his character, and was ever ready to defend the right as he saw it.
Editor Lumbard was one of the few newspaper men who was able to set up his editorials and local, and matter without copy.
After a continuous service of nearly fifty years with the Tribune as foreman and editor Lumbard disposed of his interest to Messrs G.J. Phillips and Harry A Coryell, July 1913. Since that time has lived retired with his wife, who survives him.
In political life he was an active and influential worker, and held a number of important public positions, all of which he filled with credit. In 1877 he was appointed one of the associate Judges for Snyder County, Vice Hon. Daniel Gemberling, deceased, and in 1882 and 1890, he held appointments in the state Legislature.
In 1893, he was messenger in the State Senate, and in 1893, he was appointed clerk to the Committee on War Claims for the Fifty fourth Congress. He was school director .for thirteen years, and for five years was president of’ the board and he also served one term in the town council. He was chairman of the, Republican County Committee, and twice served in the capacity of delegate to the Republican State Convention.
On June 19th, 1866 Editor Lumbard was married to Miss Sara E. Scharf, and their union has been blessed with five children, four daughters and a son, all of whom are married: Mrs. John E. Shaffer, of Sunbury; Mrs. Miles I. Potter, of Middleburg; Mrs. G. Frank Bosum of Mifflin; and Mrs. Murray Smith, Of Sunbury; and Geo. M. Lumbard, of Pottsgrove
Funeral services were held at his late residence on East Pine Street Monday afternoon.
His Pastor, Rev. Charles Leonard, assisted by Dr. D. B. Floyd, officiated.
He was an active and faithful member of Trinity Lutheran church and Sunday school for many years and will be greatly missed by that congregation. For about thirty years he was a teacher in the Sunday school , the members of his class acting as pallbearers, while his comrades from Company ‘G’ were the honorary pallbearers.
From the Times – Vol. 94 No. 48
Joseph A. Lumbard Succumbed To Stroke
Stricken Friday While Doing Carpenter Work at His Isle of Que Home
Services On Monday
Prominent In County G.A.R. Circles and Forty-Seven Years Editor of Tribune
Joseph Asher Lumbard, a leading spirit in Snyder county Grand Army activities until the time of his death and for forty-seven years editor of the Snyder County Tribune and a Republican director in county politics, was buried Monday afternoon in the First Lutheran cemetery, following services from his late home on the Isle Of Que.
The obsequies were conducted by his pastor Rev. Charles Leonard assisted by Rev. David Bittle Floyd. The last rites of the Grand Army of the pronounced over the body of their departed brother by members of the local post and affiliates from other posts in the county.
Mr. Lumbard was taken off unexpectedly Friday noon, while doing some carpentry work at his home. He had failed in health considerably since July, 1913 when he retired from active newspaper work, but his condition, during the last several months of his life was not such as would have led to the believe he would not live several more years.
Mr. Lumbard was a native of Selinsgrove, born January 5, 1844. At the age of sixteen years be entered the office of The Selinsgrove Times as an apprentice but quit that position the following year when he went to the front as a member Company G 147 Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry.
He returned from the war a Republican, and in 1866 became editor of the Snyder County Tribune, which plant he removed from Middleburg to Selinsgrove during the years was the head of that newspaper made his influence felt throughout the county, and was frequently an important factor in the senatorial and congressional districts. He was a hard fighter and usually won.
One of his greatest joys was working for the Grand Army, and it was due in large measure to his efforts that so many successful memorial events were held in Snyder County.
In 1877 he was appointed an associate Judge of Snyder county. In 1882 be was appointed as a clerk in the state Legislature a position he held until 1889. In 1893 be was appointed a messenger in the state
Senate and he held this position for three years. In 1896 he was pointed a clerk in the war claims department at Washington and remained in this position for one year. He retired from, active business in 1913.
He had held many minor offices in Selinsgrove and was one of the most active members of the Trinity Lutheran church. He is survived by his widow and the following son and daughters: Mrs. Murray Smith Sunbury; Mrs. Miles I. Potter Middleburg Mrs. John E. Shaffer, Sunbury;
Mrs. .G. Frank Bosum, Mifflin and George M. Lumbard of Danville.