J. H. Blattenberg

J. H. Blattenberg, D. V. S., of Lima, was born in Wayne
County, Ohio, and is a son of H. M. Blattenberg, one of the prominent
citizens of that county, engaged in farming and in conducting a harness
business.
       Dr. Blattenberg comes of Revolutionary ancestry and is a member
of the Sons of the American Revolution through his maternal
great-grandfather, Philip McCracken.  The Doctor prizes highly the
document in his possession, bearing the signature of George Washington,
which proves the honorable discharge of this ancestor from the Patriot
Army.  His paternal grandfather, John Blattenberg, served in the Mexican
War.  His father served four years in the Civil War and in this period
enlisted four times and was honorably discharged four times, the last
discharge being dated October 30, 1865.  This is a very unusual record.
His first enlistment was in the First Regiment, Delaware Vol. Inf., April
18, 1861.  Thereafter he enlisted and served in the Sixth Ohio Vol.
Cav., 166th Ohio Vol. Inf. and Fifth Ohio Vol. Cav.
         J. H. Blattenberg was reared in Wayne County and, after
completing his literary education in the Smithville Normal School, took
a professional course in the Ontario Veterinary College at Toronto,
Canada, where he was graduated in 1892.  After practicing one year in
Toledo, he came to Lima, where he has been located ever since.  His fine
horse sanitarium on North Union street is one of the best equipped
establishments of its kind in the State.  Horses are brought in a
regular ambulance kept for he purpose and skilled surgery speedily
applied.  His work covers not only Lima but all the counties adjacent to
Allen County.  He has served as president of the Ohio State Veterinary
Association, is a member of the national body and is recognized as one
of the leading veterinary surgeons of the United States.
          In addition to his extensive professional interests, Dr.
Blattenberg is interested in many other enterprises.  He is
vice-president of the Humane Horse Shoe Company, which is capitalized at
$ 25,000.  This company manufactures the latest style of horse shoe and
owns the patents.  He has large real estate holdings in Lima and has
erected, on Elizabeth Street between North and Market streets, a fine
three story, brick, flat building, 40 by 66 feet in ground dimensions.
The lower floors have been fitted up for business purposes and the two
upper floors are divided into cozy, comfortable apartments.  They are
heated by steam and lighted by electricity.
          Dr. Blattenberg is a 32nd degree Mason and belongs to the Blue
Lodge, Chapter, Council and Commandery at Lima, to the Shrine at Dayton
and to the Consistory at Toledo, and has filled office in the various
bodies.  He belongs also to the Elks and the Knights of Pythias.  He is
a member of Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church.  
          Dr. Blattenberg has frequently been a delegate to the national
assemblages of the Sons of the American Revolution.   During the past
few years he has indulged his fancy for making a collection of old
colonial furniture and now has in his possession some rare and valuable
pieces.  Some are treasured old family relics and others have come into
his hands by the costly methods of modern collectors.  He has long been
one of the city's prominent and public-spirited men. During his
membership on the Board of Education, the new High School Building was
built (1904-05), which is one of the finest structures of is kind in
the State.