History of Bloom Township, OH
From: The History of Seneca County, Ohio
From the close of the war to July 1880
By: W. Lang
Published By: Transcript Printing Co., Springfield, Ohio, 1880




T. 1, N. R. 16 E.

IN the preceding chapters the recurrences to Bloom township and its early settlers were so frequent that very little else seems proper to be said in making up its history. One feature, however, must be admitted by all, viz: that the early settlers here were men of good judgment and great sagacity, when they resolved to drive their stakes for homes. They saw in the near future the grandeur, beauty and agricultural wealth these valleys, in the hands of industry, intelligence and economy, would present to the world Its soil, timbers, building stones, prospects for market, all these and more, were great incentives for the founding of new homes in the forest. A. glance at Bloom tOwnship now, with its beautiful farms in a high state of cultivation, with large barns, splendid farm houses, fields teeming with rich crops, its pastures enjoyed by excellent stocks of horses, cattle, sheep and hogs; its commodious school houses and churches, etc., give strong proof how well the aim of the pioneer settler was directed when first the tall timbers fell by the woodsman's axe, along Honey creek and Silver creek, running through the township.

Thomas Boyd was one of the earliest settlers here. He came in 1822, and settled on section eleven, where he lived until his death, which occurred November 27th, 1847. Soon after him came also his brother, James Boyd, and his widowed sister, Mrs. Mary Donnell. Mrs. Thomas Baker is a daughter of James Boyd, and is still living. Her father moved to Iowa, where he died. Thomas Boyd had four sons: James, Jesse, Jefferson and Samuel, of whom Jesse is the only one living. He is a wealthy farmer at Springfield, Ohio.

Thomas Boyd was a remarkable man. He was of fair complexion; his hair was thin and white; he had a nervous temperament, and was very active. He was about six feet high, very raw boned, and a little stoop shouldered, very careless about his dress, very talkative, and possessed of a great quanity of good sense. He belonged to the Presbyterian church, and was very outspoken on the subject of slavery. While he was a pioneer on the frontier, he was also a pioneer in the then young idea of abolitionism. He made war on both the old parties who could see no constitutional way to get rid of the institution. Nor could the Abolitionists; but with them the system was wrong, and that was enough The task was not so easy with statesmen, however, who regarded the rights and integrity of states as fixed principles in our form of government. The institution fell, as a result of the rebellion, and we are all Abolitionists now. Arms and "higher law" in deadly conflict sometimes accomplish ends that statesmanship tremblingly abandon.

In the same year Joseph Birnside arrived here from Fairfield county, and settled near the mouth of a little run that puts into Honey creek just a little north of Bloomville, but ascertaining soon that the land had been entered by somebody else (Mr. Reber), he moved into Clinton township, and bought the land just east of the new cemetery where he lived the rest of his days.

In 1823 came also Joseph McClelland and Nehemiah Hadley, who were followed by George Free, Lowell Robinson, John C. Martin and Thomas West, with their families. Mr. Martin and Mrs. West are still living in Bloom. James Boyd settled on section eight, on the left bank of Honey creek. George Free settled on section three, near the "Goose Pond," which was a considerable body of water in a bend of Honey creek. Lowell Robinson settled on section eight. He died in California. Mr. Robinson was one of the associate judges of. Seneca county, a large muscular man, and possessed of a good quantity of common sense. He was a good neighbor, and rather popular. His wife was a very small woman, and for some reason or other the two did not live very happily together. One time, while Mr. Robinson was yet associate judge, his wife prosecuted him for assault and battery, and the Judge was bound over to the court of common pleas. He was indicted by the grand jury, and when the case came up for trial, the Judge had to leave the bench, come down to the trial table, and act the part of a prisoner. During the trial of the case the testimony disclosed, among other things, the fact that one morning, while the Judge was down upon his knees before a chair, at prayer, with his head down, Mrs. Robinson put a saddle on his back and jumped up on to it. For this he probably struck her.

Dr. Graves used to tell a good joke on Judge Robinson, sometimes in his company. Judge Robinson had a very large mouth. He came to Dr. Graves one day to have a tooth pulled. He sat down on a chair, and when the Doctor came up to him with his turnkey Judge Robinson opened his mouth very wide, and Dr. Graves said to him, Never mind, Judge, I prefer standing on the outside."

Thomas West settled on section three also, but soon sold out to David Roop, and moved on to section ten, where he lived many years, and then sold to Jacob Detwiler, when he moved to Bloomville, where recently he died.

Mrs. Donnell bought a piece of land near that of her brother Thomas. Her land had a very fine spring on it, which still bears her name. She sold Out and went to Iowa with her brother James.

John Seitz, Isaac Rohrer, Levi Neibel, Lyman Robinson, Jacob Meyer, Rufus Kirshner, Henry Perkey, David Crapo, Truman King, James Wilson, Evan Dorsey, John Newman, Lewis Seitz, John Davis, Mr. Jeifries. Mr. Donald and J. C. Hampton are also honored names among the old pioneers.

Bloom was organized, as already stated, in June, 1824. In 1830 it already had a population of 389. Between 1830 and 1840 came also David Roop, John T. Reed, Simon Koller, Benj. Huddle (Hottel), Philip Heilman, David Troxell, Adam Baker, John Fisher, Samuel Gross, Edward Cooley, Henry Andres, James Trail, and Greensberry and Notley Trail, William and Zeliphant Owen, John Valentine, Henry and Samuel Nestly, Jonas Hostler, D. T Lee, George Showman, Geo. King, Samuel Shaffer, Jacob Hossler, the esquire, and James Wilson, the lawyer The census of 1840 showed a population of 1,168 souls. In 1870 it was 1,492; in 1880 it is 2,162. At this time (1840) the land in the township was nearly, if not quite all, taken up, and the light of day was rapidly let in upon the ground, while the fields increased in number and proportions.

Mr. James Steel, from Pennsylvania, built the first grist mill in the township, on the banks of Silver creek. The Hershbergers turned it into a sawmill sometime after the Koller mill and the Engle mill were put up. The first meeting house in the township was a Presbyterian church, erected in 1834. It was a small frame building. They held meetings in it before it was plastered; all that spring and summer and in the fall of that year, while it was being plastered. By some unknown cause, it took fire and burned down. Then a brick church was built on the same spot, which answered for many years, until finally it was torn down and the brick used in the construction of the brick church in Bloomville. The old church stood northwest of Bloomville. near the cemetery. The Methodists built a church soon after on the land owned by J. W. Stinchcomb, but it was superceded by the stone church down the creek.

The tradition about the two young men naming Silver creek and Honey creek has no historic merit, and is therefore excluded. The name of Bloom is very appropriate.

BLOOMVILLE.

Philip J. Price, Julius Treat and Thomas T. Treat, in the summer of 1837, laid out a town upon the corners of sections nine, ten, fifteen and sixteen, and called it Bloomville. Simon Koller owned the land on the northwest corner, Edward Cooley on the southeast corner, Price and the Treat brothers on the southwest corner, and Edward Owen on the northwest cbrner. Mr. Cooley built the first house on the town site, which stood where the Record printing office now is. The Treat brothers built the next house, which was removed several times. and finally occupied by Thomas Treat as a store and postoflice. The Brown brothers bought out Price and Treat's store and continued it for a while. In 1850 the town contained a dozen buildings. Frederick Zimmerman, Conrad Klachr, William Hathaway, Ch. Keller, Jno. Hiinsicker, Wm. Cooley, Dr. George Weeks. Jonathan Kastner, Jacob Estep, and Jacob Breiner, with their families, were the inhabitants. Hathaway and Kuntz were the pioneer shoemakers in the village. Webster had a blacksmith shop on the corner now occupied by the Hossler block. Dr. Weeks succeeded Dr. Bellville, who, with Dr. Peter J. Smith, were the pioneer physicians. Mr. Keller was the first tailor, and Mr. Klachr the first wagon and carriage makers. Soon after John Seitz, Jr., and William Dewitt opened a store on the corner now known by the name of.the "burned district." Mr. Dewitt was afterwards elected county recorder, and died while in office. Mr. Seitz represented Seneca in both branches of the legislature. (See chapter XXVI.) Dr. Weeks entered the war against the rebellion, andbecame surgeon general in the department of Tennessee. Thomas Dysinger opened the first tavern. The Bloom House was built by Benj. Knopp in 1855 or 1856. Among the enterprising citizens who have helped to build up Bloomvilie, may be mentioned, Benj. Knopp, Henry Dittenhafer, John Hunsicker, E. P. Bliss. Mathias Teach and Henry Briner were the first men that enlisted from Bloomville for the war.

The location of the Mansfield and Coldwater railroad gave Bloomville a "fresh start in the world." Large brick edifices for business and dwelling houses, the general increase in the number of buildings and population, the warehouses and factories, show the healthy increase and prosperity of the town.

On the 4th of July, 1874, the Rev. Robert Lockhart established the first newspaper here, the Enterprize. He published the paper about three months, when he turned it over to J. N. Lee, who, after a few weeks, sold it to D. W. Fisher, who issued the first paper January 1st, 1875 - the Bloomville, Banner. The Adams Brothers then became the owners next, and sold to Mr. Kaga, and he again to Mr Fisher, who, after one issue, sold to W. S. Hammaker, and he, after about eight months, stopped the publication, and sold the institution to the present. enterprising and able editor of the Seneca County Record, O. M. Holcomb, Esq., who is making the Record a success.

Bloomville was incorporated by a special act of the legislature in 1871. Jacob Hossler, Esq., was elected its first mayor. Several additions have been made to Bloornville during the ten years last past, by Conrad Klachr, Mrs Melinda Lee, Eli Winters and John Krilly. The oar factory, established in 874, by J. D. Wilsey, was quite an important event in the history of the town.

The Rev. George R. Brown, Universalist, preached here in 1840. Dr. Jones is the pastor of the M. E. Church, and Rev. J. W. Shaw of the Reformed Church.

In 1875 the public schools opened up, under the superintendence of Mr. J. K. Hamilton. The building is a fine two story edifice, with four rooms, and cost about $7,000.

The grain depot of Einsel & Co. added much to the enterprise of the town.

(Note - I am under obligations to my friend Mr. Holcomb, for his kindness in furnishing me with meterial and dates.)

My reverend and esteemed friend, the venerable Elder Lewis Seitz, was so kind as to furnish the writer with a statement of his early recollections of Bloom township, and the reader will find pleasure in its perusal, I am very sure. It is given here as written, without a word of comment. May its moral lesson be heeded and cherished.

RECOLLECTIONS OF PIONEER DAYS IN BLOOM TOWNSHIP.
[By Elder Lewis Seitz.]

In October, 1825, at the age of twenty three, with my wife and one child, I removed to my present home (on an adjoining farm) in Bloom township. The name of Bloom had been suggested by my brother John just one year before my arrival, and adopted in 1824 at the organization of the township. I came from my native county, Fairfield. into an almost unbroken winderness of forest trees, with less than a score of settlers in advance of me. Nearly all who were here before me had settled along the rich valley of Hiney creek. For two or three years before mine was reared, cabins had begun to appear in our wilderness. Among their occupants I remember Joseph McClellan. James and Thomas Boyd, the Donalds, George Free, Boswell Munsel, Nehemiah Hadley, John Stroli, Lowell Robinson. my brothers John Seitz and Noah Seitz. J. C. Hampton (who came in 1S22 with the Boyds and Donalds. from Boss county.) informs me that he aided in erecting the first cabin put up in the township. This was for my brother Noah, on Silver creek. Hampton made his home for a time with his companions from Ross. Their shelter at first was in a log pen covered with logs split in twain, the under tier being with flat side up, and the top tier covering the cracks with the flat side down. The beds were for the women, on bedsteads. with one post. That is, in one corner of the "pen" two poles were entered in the logs, with the other end in this "post." Baswood bark furnished the "cords." The men slept on the ground, with hickory bark spread down for sheets. Hampton says: "Our first supply of flour was brought by us on horseback from Mansfield, through the woods." I also helped cut out the small timber west and south of Roop's Corners. to make a public road. But to continue with the names of the first settlers: Jacob Rodegeb, Abraham Kagy, John Davis, Edward Sutherland, Christopher Perkey, Bartholomew Stout, John Stinchcomb and Richard Ridgely. Within a very few years after my arrival came also Jacob Webster, the Bixiers, John Pennington, J. T. Reed, John. Einsel, Edward Cooley, Samuel Gross, John Valentine, Gain Robinson, Zelaphel Owen, Joshua Watson, Samuel and Henry Nisley, Lewis and Jacob Spitler.

During these early days a wilderness of forest trees covered the earth, and the first need of the settler was to clear away space enough for a cabin, and then it was "root, hog, or die." While I brought from Fairfield county enough flour to last two years, very few of my contemporaries were thus provided. One season, however, usually sufficed the industrious pioneer to clear a small field and grow bread to do. As for meat, everyone had his gun to supply him with wild turkey or venison, which were abundant. Often, too, as we lay upon our pillow at night, were we saluted with the howl of wolves, apparently at our cabin door. Not only did they make night vocal with their cries, but woe to the sheep or young pigs not well guarded. An occasional bear passed through, but I think none made their home in. our township. There were some otter about the marsh near Bloomville. A wild cat was shot within one hundred rods of our cabin. Indians often visited us, generally of the Wyandot tribe, who then had their headquarters at Upper Sandusky. A few Senecas, from their reserve below Tiffin, straggled hither occasionally. Our re&brother was uniformly friendly, and, as a rule, honest, but a tricky one appeared sometimes. Unlike his white brother of modern times, however, he had not the cheek to attempt a repetition of his trick in the same vicinity. Shamed by that conscience which, as Shakespeare puts it. "makes cowards of us all," his victim seldom saw him again.

Mr. N. Hadley was admitted to be the boss hunter and trapper on Honey creek. Mr. Hadley, at a single hunt, brought down seven deer, six of them by torchlight, and the seventh by sunlight in the morning. So fond was Hadley of hunting, that, game getting scarce, he had J. C. Hampton to haul his family and goods (mostly steel traps) to the head of canoe navigation on the Scioto, in Hardin county. Here he dug out two large walnut canoes, lashed them side by side, and started for Cairo, on the Mississippi. With one boat wrecked on the raging Scioto, he nevertheless reached Portsmouth with the other, his family walking most of the way. At this point a captain of a steamer bound for Iowa, whither Hadley was going, struck with admiration for a man who would venture his all in a canoe on the Ohio, offered to carry him without charge to his destination. Thus the boss pioneer hunter of Bloom township left Ohio for game in the far west.

An encounter of a Wyandot Indian with a pack of hungry wolves in South Bloom is worth recording. He had tracked a wounded deer some distance in the snow. when suddenly he came upon it surrounded by a pack of wolves. making of it a hasty meal. Intent upon having some of the meat himself. he tried to drive the wolves by shooting one of them. This enraged the rest. and. they rushed upon him. Backing against a tree, he kept them at bay with his tomahawk, till hunger overcoming rage, they returned to finish their meal upon the deer. The Indian, convinced that "discretion was the better part of valor," was glad to escape. The pioneer who succeeded best in making a comfortable living, did not make a business of hunting, but chopping and logging and burning was the chief work. Much timber, which today would be valuable in market, was burned on the ground. No where could finer poplar, walnut, blue ash and butternut trees be found than in Bloom township.

The first saw mill was built by Roswell Munsel and the Donalds, on Honey creek, near the present Kaler mill. Soon after John Davis built another mill, a mile further down, where my first lumber was made. A few years later Abraham Kagy put up a saw mill, and the Steeles a saw and grist mill on Silver creek. It may be well to remind the reader that in those days our water courses furnished power much more steadily and for a greater part of the year. Through the clearing away of fallen timber and general drainage, our creeks gave short lived spirts of water, and then Steele's grist mifi could be heard day and night for more than half the year. My first grinding was done at Hedges' mill, just below Tiffin. When we began to have wheat to sell our nearest public market was at Venice or Portland (Sandusky City.) This was so until the pioneer railroad in Ohio made us a market at Republic.

In those days neighbors were neighbors, indeed. Was a cabin to be "raised," logs to be "rolled." or assistance of any kind needed, a simple notice was enough. A "neighbor" could he found at a much greater distance than now. The whisky of those days was not charged with killing at forty rods" as now, hut the "brown jug" or the "barrel" was found in nearly every home. and it was esteemed an indispensable "mechanical power" at "raisings" and "loggings," etc., etc.

Our public schools were held at first in cabins like our dwellings, with a. huge fire place on one side, with a "stick and mud" chimney on the outside. Religious meetings were held in tlìese "school houses." or in the cabins of the settlers. The Presbyterians, Baptists and Nethodists were the first to organize societies or churches in Bloom. James Robinson. a Presbyterian clergyman, organized the first church of that name, about the year 1830.

On the 27th of May, 1827. the Baptist church, named Honey Creek," was organized. The "council" was composed of Elders Thomas Snelson, of Highland county, and Benjamin Caves, of Pickaway, and Deacon John Hite, of Fairfield. In 1830 the undersigned was chosen pastor of this church and has sustained this relation ever since. As will be noticed, ministers in those early days traveled a great way in the pursuit of their calling. But not as now, cosily and swiftly in a railway coach, but invariably on horseback. equipped with "saddle bags," with Bible. hynin book. a few dickeys" (a sort of shirt front with collar attached). and some provisions, perhaps. The messenger of "peace and good will," through the cross of Christ, traveled in all kinds of weather, over all sorts of roads (or no roads through the wilderness). Perhaps such experiences, if presented to many of our clerical brethren today, as a part of their labors. would lead to some more congenial calling. But it must be remembered that the privations aiid trials. of pioneer life were shared by all classes, and hence borne the more cheerfully. While we may freely admit that this generation is enjoying much that is good. and desirable as the fruit of the labors and purposes of their pioneer fathers and mothers, it is a matter of profound regret that the rugged virtues and beautiful friendships could not have been transmitted with the improved culture, conveniences, comforts and luxuries enjoyed by our children. They are enjoying the material blessings for which their fathers and mothers toiled and dared and suffered. Modern improvements have obviated the necessity for much of the personal effort and deprivation of pioneer life, but when we cease to practice their manly and womanly virtues, all our boasted progress cannot save us from the penalties of violated moral law.

Of all my first neighbors, Abraham Kagy, J. C. Hampton, Mrs. Thomas West and John C. Martin alone remain. The rest have passed to that "bourne from whence no traveler returns." We, too. shall soon pass away, but may He who guides the destinies of men and of nations, bless our children and our country with civil and religious liberty, and every good resulting from the reign of truth and righteousness is the prayer of.

Yours truly - LEWIS SEITZ.

WILLIAM DAVIS

Says: I am the oldest son of John Davis, who came to Bloom in November, 1824, and settled on section eight near Honey creek, one aud one half miles west of Bloomville. We came from Perry county. Ohio. and were thirteen days on the road with two wagons, and drove our cows and hogs before us. We had all the meat. flour and whisky we needed for one year.

On the following fall father went back and also to Zanesville to get mill irons for a saw mill, with which lie returned, and in company with Mr. Munsel, put up a saw mill on said section. which was the first saw mill in the township. He also built the first frame house in the township, now occupied by Rev. Joim Shauts. Our first grinding was done at Hunter's mill, carrying the grain and grist on horseback. Father was an old Methodist from Maryland and helped to build the first church of the township, took an active part in its welfare, and was the steward of it when he died. He died. July 14, 1849, in his sixty third year. Mother died November 4, 1840. There were six children of us, of whom five are still living. Father was a devoted christian and kind to all his neighbors, and especially to the poor. He supplied all those that were needy. and he had plenty to do with. The Boyds, Bobinsons, Valentines, Martins. father, Blackmans. Treats, Donalds, Roops, Coolys, and others were the leading Whigs. The McClellands, Perkeys, Seits. Strohs. Rucks, Kagys and Joseph Miller were the leading Democrats of the township.

JACOB HOSSLER, ESQ.

Is one of the distinguished citizens in Bloom. He was born January 30, 1806, in Steuben township, Adams county, Pennsylvania, on a farm. When fourteen years old, in 1820, his father moved to Stark county, Ohio. Here, on the 23d of September, Mr. Hossler was married, and in 1834 he moved to Bloom township, where he still resides. For twenty years he ran a saw mill on Stoner creek. He moved right into the woods when he came, and opened up a fine farm. To show how Mr. Hossler stands in the estimation of his neighbors, it is only necessary to say that for thirty years he held the office of justice of the peace and was mayor of Bloomville four years. He is still in the enjoyment of excellent health.

JOHN T. REID

Is also one of the pioneers of Bloom, who have imprinted their individualities. upon the township. He was born in Frederick county, Maryland, on the first day of January, 1807. His father died when John was but six years old, and he was taken care of by his uncle, Paul Talbot, who moved to Fairfield county, Ohio, where he was married. There they settled in the woods and young John worked among the farmers and was finally set in to work on a carding machine on Indian creek, in Fairfield county, owned by one David Swasey. From there he came to Bloom in 1828, in the fall, and worked for his uncle, John Valentine, until the following Christmas. The Mohawks, Senecas and Wyandots were then "swarming through the woods." He became well acquainted with all the old settlers here, already named. He returned to Fairfield, and all his earnings in the following spring put together amounted only to the sum of $80. lacking $20, to buy eighty acres at government prices. A friend loaned him the $20 and he started on foot for Delaware, in the fall of 1829, and entered the eighty acres that John Heilman now owns, near Honey creek. He returned to Fairfield and worked eighteen months longer on a farm until he had earned some more money. His uncle, John Valentine, then wrote to him that Mr. Bever had eighty acres, which he would sell, adjoining the other lot. Mr. Reid started on Christmas day and came to Bloom on foot, where he arrived and bought the Bever land on New Year's day, 1831.

Before he left Fairfield county he had taken a school to teach, and there were three weeks to teach before the term closed. He returned, finished his school, came back to Bloom in February, with an axe and a bundle of clothing, which he carried on the axe handle. He built a cabin in his forest and commenced clearing it. His uncle, William Norris, came from Fairfield county, and lived in the cabin with him awhile, and until his uncle, Norris, bought the land on which Fostoria now stands. On the 25th of April, 1833, Mr. Reid was married tO Eliza Boyd Watson. They had four children, of whom three are still living.

Mr Reid is a tall, slender man, over six feet high, strong and muscular and has always enjoyed good health. He and Mrs. Reid are both members of the Presbyterian church and highly esteemed. Poor as Mr. Reid was when he commenced, his career is a conclusive proof of what industry, honesty and economy will accomplish. He now counts his wealth by many thousands, and lives at his ease.

Mention has already been made of the picnics the younger generation prepare annually about the first of September, in Schoch's woods, to show their gratitude and esteem for their pioneer parents. I desire to refer to the subject again, here, only to say that at one of these, after Father Thompson, the pioneer minister of the gospel, closed his remarks on collecting the sheep that were lost in the woods, Mr. J. C. Hampton was called upon for a speech, in which, among other many interesting things, he described Judge Cornell, and spoke 6f him as a very excellent character and citizen. He related an affair that took place before some justice of the peace when a fellow got very angry at the justice and threatened to whip him and would do so if he was not a magistrate. The justice told the fellow to go out into the road and he should be relieved of his consciencious scruples. The fellow backed out.

Mr. Hampton also said:
When I came from Ross county in 1822, my uncle, Thomas, Boyd, lived in a small cabin. Ten boys of us went there to work for him. We made out to live. Our bed was a very primitive affair. A half dozen of us slept together. During the three months I staid there we had not a bit of bread. The little flour we had they stirred into boiling milk. That constituted the principal meal. We had a fish basket in Honey creek, close by, that furnished us all the fresh fish we wanted.

Sorry that no more of the speech could be preserved.

Dr. Gibson also spoke, relating his boyhood days and scenes of early life on Honey creek. His mother held the chair while her husband was sitting upon it, shaking with the ague His father got nearly crazy every time the fever came on. One time his father was at Sanduskv for provisions. It always took a week to get back. The roads were bad and the horses poor. Judge Leath happened to be at Sandusky the same time with a load of water melons to sell. He and the Doctor's father started for home together. On the way the latter became crazy with the fever, and had it not been for the Judge he would never Thave found his way back. The Doctor also referred to Black Jonathan, who lived with the Mohawks on the Vanmeter place. Jonathan Pointer was half negro and half Indian. He was the interpretor for the preachers and gave the Indians the sermons by piecemeal as best he could, but whenever a subject or a point was a little difficult to transfer or comprehend, he would add: "I don't know, myself, whether that is so, or not."

Dr. Gibson when yet a boy was very attentive upon the sick in the neighborhood, and thus naturally became a doctor. He applied himself to the books, and with hard study and his experience, became a distinguished physician. He was, indeed, a gentleman and a valued friend. He was one of that class of thinkers who take nothing for granted because they cannot help it. We ought to have much charity for such people.

The venerable Noah Seitz. must not be forgotten. He came here from Fairfield county and settled on the northwest quarter of section five on the 5th of April, 1822, and it is generally admitted that he was the first settler in Bloom. He sold out soon after to Edward Southerland and moved to Eden. Mrs. Southerland is still living in the third ward of Tiffin, and is known as the widow of Francis Bernard.

Mrs. West, J. C. Martin and Abraham Kagy are among the few pioneers here that are still making "foot prints in the sands of time."

Who will not remember the tall slender form of Abraham Kagy, Esq., and his beautiful, pleasant home on Silver creek, where, for more than a half century, you were met with a hand of welcome and an open, honest, friendly countenance? These honored land marks of time should ever be cherished by those who will occupy the places so rapidly becoming vacant.

JAMES R. WILSON, ESQ.,

Is the only lawyer in the place. Happy town He was barn in Green county, Pennsylvania, May 19th, 1825. In the fall of 1826, his father moved with the family to Ohio. He was a native of Ireland, and at the time he came to Ohio was a traveling preacher of the M. E. church. He died on his circuit while holding a protracted meeting. The family moved to Bloom township in April, 1834, and settled in the southeast part of the township, when there were but two families in that part, south, and but one house east for three miles. Mr. Wilson had one brother older than he, and also an older sister The sister taught school in the neighborhood when only twelve years old. Mr. Wilson helped to clear up his father's farm, and after his death he opened up a farm for himself. In 1856 he moved to Bloomville. In 1857 he was elected justice of the peace and reelected. In 1866 he was admitted to practice law, and has ever since been a member of the Tiffin bar.

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