Brigham Young Blodgett, a successful and
enterprising farmer of the Bitter Root Valley, located three miles south
of Grantsdale, was born in Ogden Utah in 1852, a son of Newman Greenleaf
Blodgett who was born in Vermont, September 22, 1800. He had two brothers,
Lyman Johnson Blodgett and Joseph Smith Blodgett.
B.Y. spent his early life in his native state of Utah
and was there married. His wife died, leaving five children. Mr. Blodgett
was afterward married to Elizabeth E. Reid, the mother of our subject. They
then located in Council Bluffs, Iowa and in 1850 removed to North Ogden
Utah where the father died in 1882. He was a farmer and carpenter
by occupation and was a Mormon in his religious faith. His widow is
still living aged seventy-four years.
In 1871 he came to Montana and engaged in
freighting from Bitter Root to Corine and also over the entire settled portion
of the Territory, continuing that occupation until the railroad was built.
April 10, 1878 Mr. Blodgett secured from the Government his present farm
of 320 acres.
May 22, 1878 he married Miss Adaline Josephine
Blodgett, a native of Montana and a daughter of Joseph Smith Blodgett.
Although of the same name they were not related. To this union were born
four children, one of whom died in infancy and a son Horace Bliss, died at
the age of twelve. The surviving children are: Tyreen Ann and Newman
Benjamin. The wife and mother died May 17, 1890 and is buried in the
History of Montana, 1898