John P. Bloomberg

Born in Sweden circa 1838, he came to Fort Smith with his father, Andrew Bloomberg, in 1858. In 1862, he enlisted in King's Regiment, 22nd Arkansas Infantry and served through the entire remainder of the war. He was a snare drummer in the regimental band. After the war he was involved in the activities of Confederate veterans.

Although a lifelong Democrat, he was a messenger in the federal court under the Republican-appointed Judge Isaac Parker and under J.H. Rogers. He retired only 10 months before his death in January 1913 at the age of 75.

During his entire life, he lived on a truck and dairy farm on Musset Road as his father also did as well. He "was not a wealthy man as wealth counted in dollars goes, but he was one of the best esteemed men in Arkansas." He was married but was predeceased by his only child, a daughter. He was the brother of A.K. Bloomberg of Hackett.

Source: "John P. Bloomberg Is Mustered Out," Fort Smith Times Record, Jan. 17, 1913.