Thursday, October 24, 2013
Ink-Slinger Profiles: Joseph A. Lemon
1891-1892, Lemon J. artist, h 210 W. 105th
1895, Lemon Jos A. artist, 4 W. 14th, h 235 W. 123d
1896, Lemon Jos A. artist, 126 W. 23d, h 235 W. 123d
1897, Lemon Jos A. artist, 152 W. 23d, h 270 W. 119th
1898, Lemon Jos A. artist, 53 W. 24th
Broadway Magazine, June 1903, published a description of him:
With a broad brimmed, black Stetson hat, big Joseph Lemon looks the artist, his flowing black tie adding to the impression. This makeup does not prevent his wielding a prolific pen which costs the McClure syndicate newest freak element in New York humor, and furnishes the aviary department in the live stock humor of the “American.”
Lemon contributed illustrations to several books including Toothsome Tales Told in Slang (1901), The Man with the Grip (1906), and Colonel Crook Stories (1909).
He produced several comic strips including How Would You Like To Be John?, Mrs. Worry, Willie Cute, Hop Lee (only one by Lemon I think -- Allan), The Adventures of Dennis O’Shaugnessy and Professor Bughouse (a one-shot I believe -- Allan).
On the walls among the array of weapons were framed drawings which had illuminated Sunday World feature stories that Will had written, and originals done by the artists on the World staff; also drawings for the “funnies” of that era, by Dick Outcault, George Luks, Anderson, Bryans (whose silhouette pictures were then popular), Tony Anthony, Gus and Rudy Dirks, Joe Lemon, Walt McDougall; and illustrators such as Will Crawford (he made comics as well, but always seemed too dignified and artistic to be classed as such), “Hod” Taylor, Al Levering, and others.
Lemon has not been found in the 1910 census. The New York Herald, August 17, 1910, reported the passing of his wife:
Mrs. Caroline G. Lemon, wife of Mr. Joseph A. Lemon, magazine illustrator, of No. 953 Fox street, the Bronx, died yesterday in the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of mastoiditis. She was born in Rhode Island thirty-six years ago and had been married fourteen years.
At some point he lived in Wiscasset, Maine; maybe it was a summer retreat. There he met Daisy Palmer; they married on June 7, 1915, according to Maine Marriages, 1892-1996 at Ancestry.com. Earlier, the former Daisy Beach asked for a separation from her husband, William F. Palmer, as reported in the Oakland Tribune, November 13, 1912. R.L. Polk’s Trow General Directory of New York City, for the years 1916 and 1917, listed Lemon’s home address as “1919, 7th av.” The periodical Metal Record and Electroplater, December 1918, published the following notice:
Joseph Brown Beach, 67 years old, head of the sales force of the International Silver Company, with which he had been associated for forty-two years, died yesterday at his home, 302 West Thirtieth Street. He was born in Connecticut, and lived in this city [New York] twenty years. His daughter is the wife of Joe Lemon, the artist.
He has not been found in the 1920 census. His address was 47 Greenwich Avenue in Polk’s Trow’s New York City Directory 1924-1925. Sometime later Lemon moved to Woodstock, New York, where he passed away December 3, 1927; his death was reported two days later in the Kingston Daily Freeman (New York):
Joseph A. Lemon, a member of the artist colony in Woodstock for some times, died at the Kingston City Hospital on Saturday, December 3, in his fifty-ninth year. He is survived by his wife and one brother, Courtney Lemon, of New York city. The remains were removed to Woodstock and later taken to Union Hill, N.J., for cremation.
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