Alda Sophia Flora Block1

F, b. 7 March 1898, d. 31 January 1999
     Alda Sophia Flora Block was born on 7 March 1898 at Paynesville Twp., Stearns Co., MN.1 She married Lloyd Edward Lang on 28 October 1919 at St. Cloud, Stearns Co., MN. Alda Sophia Flora Block died on 31 January 1999 at Paynesville Twp., Stearns Co., MN, at age 100

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Alda Lang, 100, of Paynesville, died Sunday, Jan. 31, 1999, at the Paynesville Area Hospital in Paynesville.

The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 10:30 a.m., at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Interment will be held in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Alda Sophia Flora Block was born on March 7, 1898, in Paynesville. She was the daughter of Henry and Amelia (Heitke) Block. Alda grew up on a family farm in Paynesville Township and attended school at District #162.

On Oct. 28, 1919, she was married to Lloyd E. Lang in St. Cloud. Following their marriage, they farmed in Paynesville Township. Lloyd died March 29, 1968. Alda remained at home for many years following his death, until the fall of 1997, when she became a resident at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Paynesville. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church.

Alda was a lifelong resident of Paynesville, and nearly reached her 101st birthday. She experienced many changes in her lifetime. She enjoyed quilting, traveling, and gardeningÐ especially flowers. During her younger years she enjoyed fishing with her homemade bamboo fishing pole.

Alda is survived by her sons, Llewellyn (Adeline) of Paynesville, Floyd of Paynesville, Gilmore (Jacqueline) of Sorrento, Fla., Arvid of Paynesville, Roger (Donna) of Eden Valley, and Leroy (Gloria) of Des Moines, Iowa; daughters, Juanita Moser of Paynesville, and Geraldine Bogatzki of Bertha; 31 grandchildren; 63 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and son-in-law, Vince Vogelpohl.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Vergeane Vogelpohl; brothers, Arthur, Rudy, and Ben; and an infant sister.

She was buried in February 1999 at Paynesville Cemetery, Paynesville, Stearns Co., MN, Findagrave #43401678.

Child of Alda Sophia Flora Block and Lloyd Edward Lang


  1. [S4520] 1940 Federal Census, Stearns County, Minnesota. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T627, Roll 1961.

Hyman Blocker1

M, b. 14 January 1911, d. 9 April 2008
     Hyman Blocker was born on 14 January 1911 at Massachusetts.1 He married Clara Louise Steiert, daughter of Carl C. Steiert and Bertha Shoemaker, before April 1940.1 Hyman Blocker died on 9 April 2008 at Orange Co. (probably), CA, at age 97 Dates per SSDI, last residence Laguna Hills.


  1. [S1982] 1940 Federal Census, Los Angeles County, CA. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T627, Roll 377.

Y. Z. Blocker

F, b. 26 February 1917, d. 8 February 1968
     Y. Z. Blocker was born on 26 February 1917 at Alabama; daughter of Richard A. and Lillie Estelle (Newman) Blocker.1 She married John Irvin Smith, son of Oliver Norman Smith and Margaret Florence Gilmore, on 15 August 1936 at Mecklenburg Co., NC. Y. Z. Blocker died on 8 February 1968 at Winston-Salem, Forsyth Co., NC, at age 50. Cause of death: breast cancer. She was buried in February 1968 at Blue Ridge Memorial Park, Lenoir, Caldwell Co., NC, Findagrave #106270746.

Child of Y. Z. Blocker and John Irvin Smith


  1. [S4942] 1940 Federal Census, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T627, Roll 2942.

Earl Adair Blodgett

M, b. 30 June 1921, d. 28 November 1965
     Earl Adair Blodgett was born on 30 June 1921. He was the son of Ira Blodgett.1 Earl Adair Blodgett married Ethel R. Snearley, daughter of Walter Triem Snearley and Fannie P. Coggins, after April 1940. Earl Adair Blodgett began military service U.S. Navy, WW II. He died on 28 November 1965 at Coos Co., OR, at age 44. He was buried in 1965 at Rose City Cemetery, Portland, Multnomah Co., OR, Find A Grave Memorial# 163279661.


  1. [S4095] 1930 Federal Census, Polk County, Oregon. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T626, Roll 1948; FHL #2341682.

Flossie Blodgett

     Flossie Blodgett married Valentine Cornelius, son of James W. Cornelius and Sarah Elizabeth Shryock.

Child of Flossie Blodgett and Valentine Cornelius

Ira Blodgett1

M, b. circa 1886
     Ira Blodgett was born circa 1886 at Wisconsin.1

Child of Ira Blodgett


  1. [S4095] 1930 Federal Census, Polk County, Oregon. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T626, Roll 1948; FHL #2341682.

Andrew F. Bloker1

M, b. 14 August 1826, d. 31 December 1879
     Andrew F. Bloker was born on 14 August 1826. He married Fanny E. Snyder. Andrew F. Bloker died on 31 December 1879 at age 53. He was buried in January 1880 at Williamsville Cemetery, Williamsville, Erie Co., NY, Findagrave #45331942.

Child of Andrew F. Bloker and Fanny E. Snyder


  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 203.

Sarah Filena Bloker1

F, b. 29 January 1858, d. 4 May 1923
     Sarah Filena Bloker was born on 29 January 1858 at Erie Co., NY.1 She was the daughter of Andrew F. Bloker and Fanny E. Snyder.1 Sarah Filena Bloker married Adam Lorenzo Rinewalt, son of Adam Rinewalt and Mary Ann Lehn, on 18 September 1878.1 Sarah Filena Bloker died on 4 May 1923 at Erie Co., NY, at age 65

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Widow of Adam L. Rinewalt, founder of AMHERST BEE, Succumbs Friday, May 4, 1923---Funeral Services held on Monday.

Mrs. Sarah F. Rinewalt passed to a higher life on Friday, May 4, 1923, at 9 a.m.

To chronicle in the BEE her death is to feel deeply the tangible personal bond which will exist as long as this paper endures. She was the widow of Adam L. Rinewalt, founder of the AMHERST BEE. For years she worked shoulder to shoulder with him, giving continually inspiration and guidance, and here willing her share of the trails which are apt to stand in the pathway of one who sets out on a new enterprise, especially when it is foreign by the usual order as the establishment of a country weekly in days when the connecting links of telephone and transportation did not exist. Success crowned their efforts, and she accepted it with the same gracious, calm spirit as therefore, making friends of everyone she met, so that in the village there was no woman more admired or higher thought of than Mrs. Rinewalt.

The only daughter in a family of three was born to Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Bloker (nee Snyder), on January 29, 1859, at the homestead on the hill on Mill Street. She was given the name "Sarah Filena" Upon reaching maidenhood she became the wife, on September 18, 1878, of Adam Lorenzo Rinewalt, a member of one of Williamsville's old prominent families. He had received his training as a printer in the offices of his brother-in-law Chalmers Ingersoll of Beloit, Wis., and later in the Buffalo Commerical and being young and ambitious, he decided shortly after his marriage to establish a weekly paper in his hometown. In March 1879, he brought this dream to a reality, and in the years of labor which ensued he found that "wife" was synonymous with "loyal helpmate".

Mr. and Mrs. Rinewalt were the parents of three sons, Allan R., who survives to mourn his irreparable loss, Adam, born June 22, 1882 and passing away 2.5 months later and Lauren born September 2, 1886, and leaving them at the tender age of 1 &1/2 years.

After the death of Mr. Rinewalt on October 2, 1902, Mrs. Rinewalt and her son Allan B. Rinewalt, as editor and manerger, continued the publication of the AMHERST BEE for about five years, till March of 1907, when they disposed of the paper to the present publisher, George J. Measer, who had been associated with them. She was a good business women and had executive ability so that the paper continued its success as during the life of its founder.

A few years later the Rinewalt property in Main Street was sold to Charles S. Burkhart and Mrs. Rinewalt and her son made their home in Cayuga Street. During an extended stay in Florida, Allan B. Rinewalt was taken ill and Mrs. Rinewalt went south in February of 1921, to be with him through a serious operation. Florida's warm and balmy climate was necessary through his slow period of convalescence, and though Mrs. Rinewalt felt that "home" to her Williamsville, she did not wish to leave her son and his wife and her beloved grand daughter Bettie. With the approach of the summer it was planned the family would return here.

She came home on Tuesday, April 8, accompanied by her son and Miss Ida Zent, a cousin, and was taken to the latter's home. Medical forces battled for her precious life, but she had come home only to pass a few weeks later to another and more to be desired Home.

To think of Mrs. Rinewalt is to conjure up a vision of charm. Her presence could be felt when she entered a room, there was that strenght and magnetism of personality. We who knew and loved her say she was one of God's gentlewomwn. She was endowed with gifts of mind and there are bits from her pen and musical selections to give evidence. There was a depth to her character, and as usual in such cases that while she tasted the richness of pleasures she knew the depths of sorrow. Though her heart may have faltered at the turns of the wheel of fate, her face bore for the world a characteristic brilliant smile. Her broad outlook on life we well remember, and she hated narrowness, selfishness and ingratitude. She lived up to the proud traditions of her race and was an honor to the name that for years has been known and respected in this community.
Her presence was always sought in social gatherings, and she honored by membership the Williamsville Study Club and Auld Lang Syne Club.

Many of her friends attended the last sad service at her home in South Cayuga Street on Monday afternoon at 5 o'clock. Rev. Hazen conducted the service and spoke feelingly of her whose life was concluded. The remains were then taken to rest beside her husband in the Williamsville Cemetery, with Howard G. Britting, Howard B. Long, Dr. H.B. Huver, Frank A. Measer, Henry Hinkley and George L. Helfter as bearers and Albert H. Meyer and George J. Measer as flower bearers. It was a beauiful May afternoon, and it suggested to those sorrowfully witnessing the ceremony that its radiance, envelping all, was similar to this life which had made its influence felt so widely.
Her son, her daughter-in-law, and little granddaughter, to whom she was so devoted survive to mourn their loss, and all were present at the last sad ceremony, also a sister-in-law, Mrs. Charolle Ingersoll of Beloit, Wis., who was very close to her and during the last weeks of her illness came twice to be with her. These and countless friends, some who knew her only through the columns of the BEE, yet felt her their friend, honor and treasure her memory.

She was buried in May 1923 at Williamsville Cemetery, Williamsville, Erie Co., NY, Findagrave #45334630.

Children of Sarah Filena Bloker and Adam Lorenzo Rinewalt


  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 203.

Johanna Blomgren

     Johanna Blomgren married William Henry Harrison Blue, son of James Jefferson Blue and Emaline Frankelberry, in 1891.

Alice Blondel

F, b. 25 March 1874, d. 7 June 1874
     Alice Blondel was born on 25 March 1874 at Martinsburg, Berkeley Co., WV. She was the daughter of John Henry Blondel Jr. and Sarah Elizabeth Fitz. Alice Blondel died on 7 June 1874 at Martinsburg, Berkeley Co., WV. She was buried in June 1874 at Green Hill Cemetery, Martinsburg, Berkeley Co., WV, Findagrave #109061353.

Elizabeth Blondel

     Elizabeth Blondel was born at England. She married William Shaw.

Child of Elizabeth Blondel and William Shaw

Elizabeth May Blondel

F, b. 15 September 1877, d. 26 October 1957
     Elizabeth May Blondel was born on 15 September 1877 at Martinsburg, Berkeley Co., WV.1 She was the daughter of John Henry Blondel Jr. and Sarah Elizabeth Fitz. Elizabeth May Blondel married Milton Purdy Lent on 14 December 1907 at Chicago, Cook Co., IL, The Inter Ocean (Chicago, Illinois); Saturday, 14 Dec 1907; Page 10; (

Marriage Licenses

Milton P. Lent, Elizabeth M. Blindell (sic), ages 40-30.

Elizabeth May Blondel was Presbyterian. She lived at Indianapolis, Marion Co., IN, for 52 years. She died on 26 October 1957 at Indianapolis, Marion Co., IN, at age 80

Obituary -- The Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis, Indiana; Tuesday, 29 Oct 1957; Page 11; (

Mrs. Elizabeth Lent

Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth M. Lent, 80 years old, 4240 Cornelius Avenue, who was found dead Saturday in her home, will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Flanner and Buchanan Fall Creek Mortuary. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Lent was born at Martinsburg, W.Va. and had lived in Indianapolis for the last 52 years. She was a member of the Fairview Presbyterian Church.

A niece, Mrs. George Lippincott of Cambridge, MD., and a nephew, George R. Hollida of Martinsburg, W.Va., survive.

She was buried in 1957 at Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion Co., IN, Findagrave #45959196.


  1. [S3416] 1880 Federal Census, Berkeley County, West Virginia. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T9, Roll 1400; FHL #1255400.

Jay Henry Blondel

M, b. 15 September 1875, d. 14 February 1951
     Jay Henry Blondel was also known as "Harry". He was born on 15 September 1875 at Martinsburg, Berkeley Co., WV, On Jay's death certificate it gives his birth date as 15 Sep 1874. Census records and the fact that 15 Sep 1874 is too close to his older sister's birthdate, suggests that the correct birthdate is 15 Sep 1875.

The informant on Jay's death certificate was his half-sister, Katherine Reeser "Kate" (Blondel) Kearney.1

He was the son of John Henry Blondel Jr. and Sarah Elizabeth Fitz. Jay Henry Blondel married Anna Mira Hardy in August 1901 at Hagerstown, Washington Co., MD, Shepherdstown Register, Shepherdstown, WV; Thursday, Aug 15, 1901; Vol: 36; Page: 3; (

"Notes from Nearby":

Mr. Jay H. Blondell and Miss Annie B. (sic) Hardy, both of Martinsburg, were married in Hagerstown a few days ago.

Occupation: per censuses and draft registration: tinner (1900); tinner, railroad (1910); pipe fitter for P. & L. E. Railroad (1918); laborer, railroad shop (1930); sheet metal worker, railroad (1940).
Note: Article - The Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania); Saturday, 09 February 1946; Page 3; (

McKees Rocks Man Reported Missing

Jay H. Blondell, 72-year-old retired railroad foreman, of 411 Island Ave., McKees Rocks, has been missing since Tuesday.

He was last reported seen Tuesday afternoon by a cashier in the First National Bank, downtown where he went to get money to pay bills.

Relatives said the missing man, who worked for the P. & L. E. Railroad 45 years, had been brooding over being retired recently. He also had been in poor health. He had approximately $100 when he disappeared.

Mr. Blondell was wearing a long black overcoat and working clothes. He is partly bald, has a prominent forehead, walks with a limp, wears size 12 shoes despite his short five-foot-six stature and has a sailor tattoo on his right arm.

Police have not discounted the possibility of foul play.

Jay Henry Blondel died on 14 February 1951 at Paw Paw, Hampshire Co., WV, at age 75. He was buried in February 1951 at Green Hill Cemetery, Martinsburg, Berkeley Co., WV, Findagrave #64807856.


  1. [S3416] 1880 Federal Census, Berkeley County, West Virginia. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T9, Roll 1400; FHL #1255400.

John Henry Blondel

M, b. circa 1805, d. 30 May 1881
     John Henry Blondel was born circa 1805 at Jamaica (now Dominican Republic) memorial shows 2 APR 1800.1 He married Caroline Phillips Young on 29 May 1839 at Berkeley Co., VA (now WV). John Henry Blondel lived on 26 July 1850 at Martinsburg, Berkeley Co., VA, Tinner.1 He died on 30 May 1881. He was buried in June 1881 at Saint Josephs Cemetery, Martinsburg, Berkeley Co., WV, Findagrave #109053724.

Child of John Henry Blondel and Caroline Phillips Young


  1. [S4734] 1850 Federal Census, Berkeley County, Virginia. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 936; FHL #29711.

John Henry Blondel Jr.

M, b. 2 June 1847, d. 20 February 1940
     John Henry Blondel Jr. was born on 2 June 1847 at Martinsburg, Berkeley Co., VA (now WV).1 He was the son of John Henry Blondel and Caroline Phillips Young. John Henry Blondel Jr. married Sarah Elizabeth Fitz, daughter of Samuel Fitz and Elizabeth Kitzmiller, on 26 March 1874 at Martinsburg, Berkeley Co., WV. John Henry Blondel Jr. died on 20 February 1940 at Martinsburg, Berkeley Co., WV, at age 92. He was buried on 22 February 1940 at Green Hill Cemetery, Martinsburg, Berkeley Co., WV, Findagrave #64807834.
Note: After Sarah died, John married Catherine Roeser/Reeser "Kate" Gerhardt. They had a daughter, Kate Reeser Blondell who married George Phillip Kearney.

The following is a condensed history of the Antoine and Rosella Blondel Family that immigrated to the United States from the French West Indies. Much of the information was taken from the Blondel-Blondell family website. Our John H. Blondell is a son of John Henry Blondel and a grandson of Antoine and Rosella.

Antoine and Rosella Blondel were large plantation owners on the ancient French colony of Saint Domingue, on the island of Hispaniola (present-day Haiti). Evidence exists to show that they were there before the French Revolution. During the night of August 22, 1791, a wave of fire engulfed Saint Domingue as hundreds of thousands of slaves set fire to plantations, torched cities, and massacred a terrified white population. The slave rebellion (or Haitian Revolution as it is now called) that started that night, lasted twelve long years.
Some time in the mid-1790s Antoine Blondel and family fled their plantation and, with other refugees, settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There is a record of Anthony Blondel as a witness to a wedding in the Holy Trinity Church in Philadelphia in 1798.
The slave revolts had begun in 1791 but by 1798 the situation appeared to be headed for a stable resolution. Under the former slave Toussaint L'Ouverture as governor general, Saint Domingue appeared to be once again at peace. Toussaint L'Ouverture had become governor general in 1796 and had pledged his loyalty to France. He received that commission from the French government as a reward for his protection of French interests in Saint Domingue. Thus, the colony was again under the French government's control and the Blondels decided to return to their plantation in Saint Domingue. This was four years before the events that caused the Blondel family to finally leave Saint Domingue for good.
On June 7, 1802, Napoleon, in his quest to build a new French empire in the Western Hemisphere and use Saint Domingue as a staging point for French expansion, arrested and imprisoned Toussaint L'Ouverture. Also, near this same time, Napoleon invaded Spain and placed his brother on the Spanish throne. The betrayal of L'Ouverture and the usurping of Spanish authority by Napoleon once again brought death and destruction to the colony of Saint Domingue. The Spanish people on the island attacked the French to extract revenge because the French government had placed a Frenchman on the Spanish throne. Also, the former slaves of the island attacked the French in retaliation for Napoleon's betrayal of L'Ouverture. If those two acts by Napoleon had not occurred, Antoine Blondel may have been able to raise his family in peace and safety in the Colony of Saint Domingue.
The Historical Society in Martinsburg, West Virginia has in their possession newspaper articles and other documents that report the story of the Blondel family that immigrated to the United States. On an evening in 1802, according to records in the Berkeley County Historical Society, the Blondel family avoided being killed because a loyal servant warned them of their impending doom. Rosella, the mother in the family hid herself and her children in the shallow water at the nearby sea coast. They were later picked up by a rescue boat. She took a ship with her children and sought refuge with friends in Philadelphia.
Antoine, who was away from home at the time, returned to find his family missing, his home burned and his property destroyed. He searched for his wife and children throughout the Caribbean. He later realized Rosella would contact their friends in the United States if she were alive and went there with that hope. His venture was rewarded as his family was miraculously reunited in Philadelphia.
Anthony Blondel (as his name was spelled in America) and his family first settled in Baltimore, Maryland. Anthony's and Rosella’s older son, Jean Marie (John M.) Blondel, married Catherine Aimee Celeste DuBois in Baltimore and began his family there. Both Anthony and John M. Blondel are listed in the Baltimore city directory that was published in 1817 and 1818. Some time before 1821, Anthony Blondel and his younger son, John Henry Blondel, moved to Martinsburg, Virginia. John Henry Blondel married Caroline Young and raised his family in Martinsburg.
In the years that Anthony's son John Henry Blondel, and grandchildren were in Martinsburg they prospered and became quite prominent. They acquired a substantial amount of property. There are two buildings once owned by the Blondel family still standing. The "Blondel Building" is a large building in Martinsburg that was called the "Brick House" when the Blondel family owned it and the "Richard Anthony Loche Blondel Home" is presently being restored. Richard Anthony Loche Blondel was one of John Henry Blondel's sons. The original "Blondel Mansion" owned by John Henry was razed to make way for the beautiful Shenandoah Hotel. The Shenandoah Hotel (now the Gateway Inn) opened for business in 1926.

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE - Washington Post, Washington, D.C., November 5, 1910 (WV Genweb -- Berkeley County, Internet):

HOWARD, H.H.'s plumbing establishment and the barbershop of M. ZILER and all of the contents of both were destroyed by fire yesterday morning when the "most destructive fire in Martinsburg in recent years" occurred. In addition to these merchant's businesses, a building occupied by the Perfection Garment Company and the foundry of T.E. Matthews &; Bros. were destroyed and the residence of John H. BLONDELL was partly burned. The total damage is estimated at about $20,000, with $10,000 covered by insurance. The loss on the two business buildings, which were owned by H.S. CUSHWA and George W. BUXTON, is $6,000, while Mr. BLONDELL's loss is about $2,000.

DEATH NOTICE - The Charleston Daily Mail, Charleston, Virginia, February 22, 1940

BLONDEL, John Henry, 92, Martinsburg's oldest resident and retired businessman, was laid to rest today.

Children of John Henry Blondel Jr. and Sarah Elizabeth Fitz


  1. [S3416] 1880 Federal Census, Berkeley County, West Virginia. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T9, Roll 1400; FHL #1255400.

John Raymond Blondel1

M, b. 12 December 1878, d. after 27 April 1942
     John Raymond Blondel was also known as "Raymond". John Raymond Blondel was also known as Jean R. Blondel.2 He was born on 12 December 1878 at Martinsburg, Berkeley Co., WV.1,2 He was the son of John Henry Blondel Jr. and Sarah Elizabeth Fitz.1 John Raymond Blondel married Emma Malissa Livezey on 21 June 1908 at Delaware Co., PA, no children. Emma was first married to Harry Hoffman on 21 APR 1893 at Grantsville, Garrett County, Maryland. John Raymond Blondel lived on 9 April 1930 at Woodlynn Borough, Camden Co., NJ, glass cutter, plate glass company.2 He died after 27 April 1942 WW II draft registration. 1930 census listing indicates he was not a veteran.


  1. [S3416] 1880 Federal Census, Berkeley County, West Virginia. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T9, Roll 1400; FHL #1255400.
  2. [S5306] 1930 Federal Census, Camden County, New Jersey. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T626, Rolls 1319-25; FHL #2341054-60.

Sarah Rosalie Blondel1

F, b. 6 April 1880, d. 29 March 1914
     Sarah Rosalie Blondel was born on 6 April 1880 at Martinsburg, Berkeley Co., WV.1 She was the daughter of John Henry Blondel Jr. and Sarah Elizabeth Fitz.1 Sarah Rosalie Blondel married George Shannon Hollida, son of George R. Hollida and Mary J. Rumbaugh, on 28 March 1899 at Martinsburg, Berkeley Co., WV, Shepherdstown Register, Shepherdstown, WV; Thursday, March 30, 1899; Vol: 34; Page: 4; (

Mr. George S. Hollida, one of Berkley County's popular young men, and Mis Rosa Lee (sic) Blondel, daughter of Mr. John H. Blondel, were married Tuesday evening at the home of the bride in Martinsburg, Rev. Dr. J. A. Hoffbeins performing the ceremony. After the wedding a reception was held, when a number of relatives and friends tendered their congratulations to the happy couple. The bride and groom took a train later for a trip to Washington. We extend to them our best wishes for their future happiness.

NOTE: About six years after Sarah passed, George remarrid:

Shepherdstown Register; Shepherdstown, West Virginia; Thursday, February 5, 1920; Page 2 (

Wedding Bells

A wedding to which peculiar interest attaches occurred in Martinsburg last Saturday, when Miss Rose Lee Cline was married to Mr. George Shannon Hollida, Rev. Dr. Fred Wagner, of the Lutheran Church, officiating.? ? The ceremony was performed at the home of the bride's father, Mr. D. Aaron Cline, who at the same time celebrated his 96th birthday.? ? The patriarchal father of the bride is the oldest resident of Martinsburg, and is also the Oldest Odd Fellow in West Virginia.? ? After the wedding Mr. and Mrs. Hollida left on a wedding trip to Cumberland.? ? The groom has friends in this neighborhood, who will wish for him and his wife great happiness.

NOTE: After Sarah died, George remarried to Rosa Lee Cline on 31 JAN 1920, daughter of D. Aaron Cline.

Sarah Rosalie Blondel was Society of Friends. She died on 29 March 1914 at Martinsburg, Berkeley Co., WV, at age 33

Death notice -- Pioneer Press, Martinsburg, West Virginia; April 4, 1914; image 2; (Chronicling America, Library of Congress; Internet):

In the death of Mrs. Rosalie Hollida, daughter of Mr. John H. Blondel, this city lost one of its best women. She was a devoted daughter, a loving wife, a tender, careful and dutiful mother.

OBITUARY - Shepherdstown Register; Shepherdstown, West Virginia; Thursday, April 2, 1914; Volume 49, Page 4 (

Mrs. Sarah Rosalie Hollida, wife of Mr. George S. Hollida, died at her home in Martinsburg early last Sunday, after a long period of ill health, age 34 years. The deceased, who was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Blondel, was a sweet and lovable woman, and she calmly faced death with quiet resignation, passing away peacefully. Besides her husband and two children, she is survived by her parents, two brothers and two sisters. She was buried in Martinsburg on Tuesday.

She was buried in 1914 at Green Hill Cemetery, Martinsburg, Berkeley Co., WV, Findagrave #87447524.

Children of Sarah Rosalie Blondel and George Shannon Hollida


  1. [S3416] 1880 Federal Census, Berkeley County, West Virginia. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T9, Roll 1400; FHL #1255400.

Adelheid Blonier

     Adelheid Blonier married Peter Opplinger.

Child of Adelheid Blonier and Peter Opplinger

Ernest N. Blood

M, b. 1889, d. 1959
     Ernest N. Blood was born in 1889. He married Vera Evabelle Davis. Ernest N. Blood died in 1959. He was buried in 1959 at Cedar Memorial Park, Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., IA, Find A Grave Memorial# 129844842.

Child of Ernest N. Blood and Vera Evabelle Davis

Eva Blood1

F, b. July 1891, d. 1977
     Eva Blood was born in July 1891 at Jones Co., IA.1 She married Emil Leander Gustafson. Eva Blood died in 1977. She was buried in 1977 at Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton, Benton Co., IA, Findagrave #44359015.

Child of Eva Blood and Emil Leander Gustafson


  1. [S2309] 1940 Federal Census, Linn County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T627, Roll 1177.

Garland Lee Blood1

M, b. 9 September 1912, d. 4 May 1998
     Garland Lee Blood was born on 9 September 1912 at Linn Co., IA.1 He was the son of Ernest N. Blood and Vera Evabelle Davis. Garland Lee Blood married Lillian Catherine Kohl, daughter of Willis Clare Kohl and Goldie M. Carter. Garland Lee Blood and Lillian Catherine Kohl were divorced circa 1945. Garland Lee Blood died on 4 May 1998 at Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., IA, at age 85 A son of Ernest N. Blood and Vera E. Davis, Garland was an athlete and sportsman, playing all high school sports; he especially loved basketball and fishing.

He married Lila Mae Smith in 1945; they later divorced. He married Frances Klenk on October 31, 1964 at St. James Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids.

Garland worked for Merchant Motor Freight and later as branch manager for Burch Construction for 21 years. He was a member of Mizpah Lodge No. 639 Ancient Free & Accepted Masons.

He was survived by his wife Frances, three daughters, a son, ten grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, three brothers, a sister, and two sisters-in-law.

He was buried in May 1998 at Oxford Cemetery, Oxford, Johnson Co., IA, Find A Grave Memorial# 127558261.

Child of Garland Lee Blood and Lillian Catherine Kohl


  1. [S2309] 1940 Federal Census, Linn County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T627, Roll 1177.

Jennie Blood1

F, b. 10 September 1869, d. after 3 April 1930
     Jennie Blood was born on 10 September 1869 at Marinette Co., WI.1 She married John S. Bond circa 1885.1 Jennie Blood died after 3 April 1930.

Child of Jennie Blood and John S. Bond


  1. [S3330] 1910 Federal Census, Stafford County, Kansas. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T624, Roll 458; FHL #1374471.

Jerilee Blood1

F, b. 12 April 1934, d. 11 April 2002
     Jerilee Blood was born on 12 April 1934 at Linn Co., IA.1 She was the daughter of Garland Lee Blood and Lillian Catherine Kohl.1 Jerilee Blood died on 11 April 2002 at age 67. She was buried in April 2002 at Cedar Memorial Park, Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., IA, Find A Grave Memorial# 178057469.


  1. [S2309] 1940 Federal Census, Linn County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T627, Roll 1177.

Lucy Blood

     Lucy Blood married Mark Peasley.

Child of Lucy Blood and Mark Peasley

Caroline R. Bloom

F, b. 14 May 1851, d. 27 July 1908
     Caroline R. Bloom was also known as Callie. She was born on 14 May 1851 at Kenton, Hardin Co., OH.1 She was the daughter of Earhart Bloom and Juliana Faulhaber. Caroline R. Bloom married David Augustus Newcomb, son of John Watkins Newcomb and Hannah Shaw, on 23 November 1871 at Hardin Co., OH. Caroline R. Bloom died on 27 July 1908 at Kenton, Hardin Co., OH, at age 57. She was buried in July 1908 at Grove Cemetery, Kenton, Hardin Co., OH.

Child of Caroline R. Bloom and David Augustus Newcomb


  1. [S218] 1860 Federal Census, Hardin County, Ohio. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 983; FHL #803983.

Claude M. Bloom

M, b. circa 1892
     Claude M. Bloom was born circa 1892. He married Violet Adaline Albright, daughter of Simon Albright and Catharine Keep.1

Children of Claude M. Bloom and Violet Adaline Albright


  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 649.

Earhart Bloom

M, b. 14 September 1818, d. 30 March 1905
     Earhart Bloom was born on 14 September 1818 at Hesse Kassel, Germany.1 He was the son of Michael Bloom and Barbara Calip. Earhart Bloom immigrated in 1833 to Shellsburg, PA; with his father. He married Juliana Faulhaber, daughter of Isaak Jakob Ludwig Faulhaber and Anna Louisa Munzinger, on 18 April 1844 at Tiffin, Seneca Co., OH, Marriage notice in "The Seneca Advertiser" April 26, 1844 edition page 3, column 2 -- MARRIED on the 18th inst., by the Rev. J. J. Beilharz, Mr. Erhart Bloom, and Juliana Faulhaber, both of Tiffin. Earhart Bloom died on 30 March 1905 at Buck Twp., Hardin Co., OH, at age 86 The History of Hardin County, Ohio -- Chicago; Warner, Beers & Co. 1883.

"EARHART BLOOM, farmer, P. O. Kenton, was born in Hesse, Germany, September 14, 1818, and is a son of Michael and Barbara (Calip) Bloom, who were natives of the same place. His mother died when he was six years old, and in 1833, he emigrated with his father to the United States, settling near
Shellsburg, Penn., thence moving the following year to Tiffin, Ohio. His father died there the same year, 1834, leaving five children, two of whom also died that year. John died in 1839, leaving Andrew and our subject the only survivors. The former is a resident of Tiffin, Ohio. Our subject is the youngest child,
and was reared principally on a farm. In 1841, he began working at molding in a foundry in Tiffin, and stayed here three years. In October of 1844, he came to Kenton, built a foundry, and was the first in Hardin County to make a plow; it was cast on the evening of the 3d of May, 1845. In 1856, he erected his present foundry, and remained in the business until June of 1877, employing at the commencement, eight hands, and closing with a force of fifteen hands. He manufactured plows and machinery, and kept a general repair shop. His foundry cost him about $4,000 and is situated on the corner of Main and North streets. The property is still owned by him, but he retired from the business in June, 1877. In February, 1879, he removed to his farm of 213 acres of land which he had purchased in 1864 and 1865. His brick residence was erected in 1879, at a cost of $3,000. He was married, April 18, 1844, to Julia A., daughter of Lewis and Louise Faulhaver. Ten childred resulted from this union, four living, viz.: John B.,
Matilda, Callie L., wife of David Newcomb, and Lewis P. Mr. Bloom's family attend the Presbyterian Church. In Politics, he is a Democrat; has held the office of Township Trustee for four years; has been a member of the School Board for three years, and of the City Council six years. He helped to found the
savings bank, of which he was a stockholder, and, with J. S. Robinson, built the first two miles and a half of pike ever made in Hardin County. He owns 213 acres of land besides the foundry buildings and town property, all secured by his own energy and exertion."

From "Centennial History of Hardin County, Ohio 1833 - 1933" found in Washington Co. Library, Marietta, OH:

"Kenton Foundry and Machine Works -- In 1844, Earhart Bloom established a small foundry on the southeast corner of Main and North Streets (now the site of the First Methodist Church) and there, on the 3rd of May, 1845, he made the castings of the first plow ever manufactured in Hardin County. In 1856, Mr. Bloom erected a two-story brick machine shop in front of the old frame foundry. Soon after, he built a brick foundry and blacksmith shop on the site of the old foundry and carried on the business until 1877, when he sold out to Lewis Bloom, John W. Born and David Newcomb. They manufactured
brick presses, field rollers and sawing machines. The present Methodist Church has occupied this site since 1890."

Hardin County, Ohio Death record Index:
Bloom, Earhart M Death Place-Buck Township Birth Place-Germany Farmer Cause-Old Age Vol. 3, Page 15, line 7. Found at Hardin County Courthouse; Kenton, OH; Aug, 2009.

Obit from "The Kenton Daily Democrat", Friday, March 31, 1905, Page 4, Col. 5 & 6; found at Kenton Library, Aug, 2009:

Pioneer Manufacturer of Kenton Passes Away

Deceased Build First Foundery Here and Was Prominent Citizen For Many Years

Earhart Bloom is dead. This well known and highly esteemed German-American pioneer and citizen of the community, passed away at his home 2 1/2 miles south of Kenton, this norning at 2:30, old age having caused havoc in his health.
Mr. Bloom was 87 years old, and had been a resident in Kenton or vicinity since the '40's, or before the Mexican war.
Erhart Bloom built the first foundry in Kenton and conducted this and a machine shop with it for nearly forty years. He was one of the builders of Kenton, and his memory deserves,m as he enjoyed in life, the honor and esteem of our city.
He was born at Hesse, Germany, in May, 1818, and after his mother's death, he at the age of 18 years immigrated with his father to the United States.
They lived in Pennsylvania for two years and then moved to Tiffin, Seneca county where the boy became an apprectice in an iron foundry. He worked at his trade until a year or two after he was of age and then married Miss Julia A. Faulhaver, a Tiffin young lady and moved to Kenton.
Mr. Bloom arrived here in the early 40's, for the purpose of going into business for himself. He built a brick foundery and machine shop on north Main street on the lot now occupied by the Methodist church.
This was the first enterprise of the kind for our town. The first plow made in this vicinity was turned out by Mr. Bloom and sold to a Mr. Wagner of west of Kenton. Mr. Bloom conducted it most successfully many years; and in the year 1878 or thereabouts, he retired from business.
The old foundery and machine shop and the lot were sold to the Methodist church, and the thousands of bricks in the buildings were utilized in the construction of the church.
In politics Mr. Bloom was a Democrat. He held the office of township trustees for four years, was a member of the school board for three years and of the city council for six years. He helped to found the Kenton Savings bank and assisted in building the first two and half miles of pike made in Hardin county.
Mrs. Earhart Bloom passed to the great beyond several years ago, and most of the time since Mr. Bloom has resided with his children, four survive them. They are John B. Bloom, Louis P. Bloom, Mrs. Dave Newcomb and Miss Tillie Bloom.
The funeral will occur Sun., at 2 pm from the Bloom residence south of Kenton and will be officiated by Rev. Henry Katterjohn and Rev. W. M. Hindman. The burial will be made in Grove cemetery." He was buried in April 1905 at Kenton, Hardin Co., OH.

Children of Earhart Bloom and Juliana Faulhaber


  1. [S500] 1870 Federal Census, Hardin County, Ohio. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M593, Roll 1219; FHL #552718.

Earhart M. Bloom

M, b. 29 October 1894, d. 26 December 1895
     Earhart M. Bloom was born on 29 October 1894 at Buck Twp., Hardin Co., OH. He was the son of Lewis P. Bloom and Mary J. McCann. Earhart M. Bloom died on 26 December 1895 at Buck Twp., Hardin Co., OH, at age 1 Diptheria. He was buried in December 1895 at St. Mary's Church Cemetery, Kenton, Hardin Co., OH.

Earl E. Bloom

M, b. August 1880, d. 28 June 1958
     Earl E. Bloom was born in August 1880 at Kenton, Hardin Co., OH. He was the son of Lewis P. Bloom and Mary J. McCann. Earl E. Bloom married Elsa W. Traeger, daughter of Benjamin Traeger, on 8 November 1905. Earl E. Bloom died on 28 June 1958 at Piqua, Miami Co., OH, at age 77. He was buried in 1958 at St. Mary's Church Cemetery, Kenton, Hardin Co., OH.

Children of Earl E. Bloom and Elsa W. Traeger

Edgar Bloom

M, b. 2 February 1900, d. February 1985
     Edgar Bloom was born on 2 February 1900 at Highland Co., OH. He married Vera Moselle Cadwallader, daughter of Ira Cadwallader and Nancy Ann Wilkin, on 18 June 1922 at Highland Co., OH. Edgar Bloom died in February 1985 at Hillsboro, Highland Co., OH.

Child of Edgar Bloom and Vera Moselle Cadwallader