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Blossom, Jacob R. 1855-1935


Posted By: Linda Ziemann, volunteer (email)
Date: 10/8/2017 at 21:16:24

Was Resident of Kossuth County 57 Years
Established Creamery.
Leaves Widow, Two Sons, A Brother and Sister.
Was in 80th Year.

The death of J. R. Blossom, at his home at Burt last Friday removes another of the highly respected pioneer business men of Kossuth county. “Jake,” as he was intimately known, had been in failing health for some months, and had been confined to his bed for several weeks, with heart trouble and complications. He is mourned by friends in all parts of the county as well as Burt and Algona.

Jacob Ruply Blossom was born at Orland, Illinois, May 4, 1855, and was therefore in his 80th year. He was one of ten children, two of whom are still living, Sid Blossom of Burt and Mrs. Mercy Murtagh of Waverly, Iowa. Jake was eight years old when the family moved to Waverly, Iowa, and there he gained his education in the public schools. Mr. Blossom came to Kossuth county a young man of 22 in 1878 and joined his brother, Sid, in establishing a creamery near the Milwaukee depot. For many years they conducted this creamery. He moved to Burt and engaged in the hardware business in 1897, and later spent several years in St. Paul in the real estate business.

In 1881, he married Miss Alice Cordingley, daughter of Wm. Cordingley, and a sister of Mrs. J. W. Sullivan. She died in 1886, leaving two sons, Clair, now deceased and “Josh” now an Algona business man. Mr. Blossom was again married in 1895, to Miss Jane Munns of Hartley, Iowa, who survives him. Two sons were born to this union, Gerald Edward, deceased and Donald of Los Angeles.

The funeral was held Sunday at the Burt Presbyterian Church and interment was made in the Burt cemetery.
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Source: The Algona Upper Des Moines (Algona, Iowa) Thursday, May 16, 1935


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