Lyman Johnson Blodgett, Corvallis,
was born in Bath, New Hampshire, September 19, 1833, the son of Neuman Greenleaf
Blodgett and Sally Smith Utley. He was reared on farm in Hancock County,
Illinois, his father having moved there when he was quite young.
Lyman Blodgett went to Montana in 1868 and
located at Corvallis. In 1871, he sold his ranch, went to Utah, purchased
a band of cattle, and in 1872 returned to the Bitter Root valley and bought
his present ranch.
He was married to Miss Mary Ann Parker,
daughter of George and Ann Parker, natives of Wales. They are the parents
of eleven children: Mary Eveline, William Lyman, Thomas Jared, Effie Armenda
Idaho, Essie Minnie Maud, Clara Elizabeth, Hazel Emma, Benton Durell, Gladys
Ruth, John Simpson, and Jennie Margaret.
Mr. Blodgett's ranch is opposite Corvallis, in
a small valley reaching from the river back to the mountains. Large timber
borders it on the west and runs some distance to the north. His land is
very fertile and embraces 320 acres, all under fence, of which he cultivates
about 100 acres.
Taken from an old history book Clara Ann Blodgett Shults has in her possession