COLONEL GRUMBACH'S LIFE IS TERMINATED Had Been Confined to Home But One Week---One of Most Interesting Figures. Nicholas Grumbach, the most con- spicuous figure in military circles in this city, died this morning at his home, 1219 Lodi st. For the last two years Mr. Grumbach had been suffering from Bright's dis- ease, but about one week ago uremic poisoning set in, and he was com- pelled to remain in bed. A born soldier was Colonel Grum- bach. Most of his life of 77 years was associated with military concerns. The old residents will remember how young Grumbach, fired with enthusiasm, or- ganized a company in this city and then led them to the front in the great struggle between the North and the South. The government voted him a medal for his bravery in war, and he always cherished that as the greatest gift of his life. His war career was most brilliant. For many years Colonel Grumbach had been conspicuously identified with Memorial Day celebrations. He always took a deep interest in the burial of comrades, and it was largely due to his activity that Lilly Post secured a large plot at Woodlawn. ORGANIZED LILLY POST. As one of the charter members of Lilly Post, G.A.R., in 1870, he took an interest in that organization that never lagged. He had occupied all of the chairs and had been quartermaster for more than 21 years at the time of his death. Colonel Grumbach liked politics, and although he was a consistent Republi- can he was never radical. Before the war he twice represented his ward in the Board of Supervisors, and on re- turning from the battlefield he was elected alderman. Later he was elected county treasurer by an overwhelming vote. Possessing a retentive memory and easy speech he was always the central figure in a group, and he could enter- tain for hours. His war reminiscences were particularly interesting. The father of Colonel Grumbach came from Alsace-Lorraine in France in 1828 and settled in Syracuse. Later he spent a few years at Detroit, but died in this city. Col. Grumbach came to Syracuse in 1838 from Detroit, where he was born three years previous, on Jan. 30. After a public school education he entered the employ of Sperry & Hier, cigar manufacturers. In 1859 he formed a partnership with the late Gen. Gustave Sniper in the cigar business, but when the war broke out he was anxious to go to the front and in 1862 he gave up his business and started to recruit a company. At this time he was super- visor of the old Fourth Ward. RECOGNIZED PROMOTIONS. The volunteers came rapidly and his Company B, One Hundred and Forty- ninth New York Volunteers, was soon a reality. Mr. Grumbach was made captain and he was successively made major, lieutenant-colonel and colonel of that regiment, and afterwards was bre- vetted colonel of the United States Volunteers by the President and Sen- ate for gallant and meritorious service during the war. He became a member of the old Syr- acuse Grays in 1856 , and when he en- listed in the army he was serving his second term as supervisor and was also captain of Company E, Monroe Cadets, New York State Militia. On June 15, 1865, he was honorably dis- charged, and on returning home en- gage in business with Paul Birch- meier in the manufacture of glue. Two years later the factory was burned and then Colonel Grumbach became United States cigar stamper until that office was abolished. From real estate and insurance business he drifted to res- tauranteur. PUBLIC CAREER. For three years he held an official position at Albany, and later was jani- tor of the Federal Building in Syra- cuse. Mayor Irving G. Vann ap- pointed him excise commissioner, and for a number of years he was court crier. Lilly Post, G.A.R. owes much to the activities of Colonel Grumbach. He was also a charter member of Salt City Lodge, A.O.U.W., and Lincoln Lodge of Odd Fellows and Salt Springs Lodge of Masons for half a century, and Masonic Veterans Association. In 1896 he was elected county clerk and served for three years, making and excellent record. Of late years he had led a retired life. Mr. Grumbach married Miss Emil Steiger, of this city, who survives. Four daughters blessed the union., Mrs. Carl Snautz, Mrs. Daniel Hummel, Mildred E. and Belle C. Grumbach, all of whom survive. A meeting of Lilly Post will be called by Capt. J.A. Allis to take action on the death of Mr. Grumbach. The funeral will be held on Monday afternoon and will be private. Lodge members and friends will be given an opportunity to review the remains on Sunday at 3 p.m.