EDGAR J. LUMLEY, one of Allentown’s truly public-spirited and
representative citizens, was born September 12, 1858, at 156 Hamilton
Street, where he now resides. He is the son of Howard and Mary M.
(Albright) Lumley. He was graduated from the public and high schools of
the city, and from the Allentown Business College, in 1875. He began his
business career as a soap and candle manufacturer, as a member of the firm
of Lumley & Earle. A year later, the partnership was dissolved and Mr.
Lumley continued the business until 1890, when he engaged in the coal and
ice business, which he has continued in a most successful manner to the
present day. He is also a manufacturer of silk ribbons, with the plant
located at the corner of Second and Hamilton Streets.
Since his majority, Mr. Lumley has been actively identified with civic
and public matters. He served seven years each in the common and select
branches of city council, and for five years served as alderman of the
First Ward. He was also a member of the county Republican executive
committee, and for one year was chairman of the city committee.
For a period of years, Mr. Lumley was president of the Allentown
Chamber of Commerce, and during his administration a free library,
Associated Charities, Playground Association, and other civic enterprises
were formed in Allentown.
He is a conservative and successful business man, and his sound judgment
and honest endeavors have been an asset to Allentown for many years. He is
an able presiding officer and his versatility in entertaining either by
prepared or impromptu speeches has always been most acceptable in the many
social and business functions in which he has been the leading
Mr. Lumley is an active worker in St. John’s Lutheran Church. Socially he
has attained great prominence. Ho is a thirty-second degree Free Mason, a
Shriner, an Elk, and an Odd Fellow. Aside from these affiliations, he is a
member of the K. of M. C.; 0. K. of F.; F. 0. of E.; Loyal Order of Moose;
Foresters of America; Keystone Athletic Association, and the Allen Fire
Company of which he has been treasurer for more than a quarter of a
He is a director of the Allentown Free Library Association, and the City
Board of Charities, and holds membership in the Livingston, Clover, St.
Leger and John Hay Republican Clubs; also the Lehigh County Historical
Society and the Lehigh County Agricultural Society.
On September 12, 1881, he married Emma L., daughter of former Mayor Herman
and Matilda R. (Schimpf) Schuon, of Allentown.
Men of Allentown, Allentown, Pa. by Fred L. Shankweiler, 1917,
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