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W. F. BLUM WAS
BLACKSMITH IN TIONESTA FOR 60 YEARS.
Among the first settlers in Tionesta about 1800 was the family of
William Henry Blum. They had come from Germany to settle in the
area when it was still very sparsely inhabited.
[I believe this is in error, the
first Blum was Johannes Herman Blum who came to Tionesta ca 1842 -
William Frederick Blum, came from Germany at the age of 15 years to
live with his grandparents.
[Believe he could be the grandson of
Johannes Herman Blum, his father being Peter Blum who is thought to
be a son of J. Herman Blum who never emigrated here; but J. Herman
Blum's will as recorded names him as a nephew]
He took up blacksmithing as an occupation and opened a shop in
Tionesta which he ran until his death at the age of 75.
The blacksmith built his own building and forged his own tools.
He specialized in shoeing race horses and his list included horses
belonging to people from Oil City and many of the surrounding
Blum forged all the nails and shoes for the race horses as well as
those used or the teams of oxen
which were used quite frequently in
He was married
to the former Mary Magdalene Elschlager of Clarion. They had six
boys and two girls, Dora Elizabeth, David Henry, Leonard William,
Amos Adolph, Phillip Arthur, Frederick William, Benjamin Harrison,
and Margarite Pauline.
Three of the
children survive today. They are Mrs. Margarite Pauline Grimm of
Warren, O., and Fred and Harrison Blum of Oil City.
Transcribed on July 26,
2001 from a newspaper clipping in my possession. (Linda
Blum-Barton) (Handwritten date on the clipping is Aug 30 – 56)
(Probably from Oil City Derrick)
Warren Evening Mirror
Wednesday, August 29, 1917
Forest County Fills Quota
Board Now Has Finished Its Work and Adjourned After Passing on All Claims
First man Drafted Asked for Exemption But His Claim Was Refused
Tionesta, Pa., Aug. 29.--- The Forest county exemption board on Tuesday
and Wednesday of last week completed its work of examining the second call
for men to fill the county's quota of 34 men needed for the new national
army. Forty-two men were called last week and of this number fourteen were
accepted, four were exempted on claims of dependent wife and children, 26
rejected for physical disabilities or on account of being aliens and two
who had previously enlisted in army service did not appear for
examination. The total statistics for the county in brief are as follows:
Called and examined........133
Passed and reported.........41
Before adjourning the board passed on all exemption claims, all being
allowed but one, on the grounds of dependent wife and children. There were
no claims for exemption on account of being the support of his widowed
mother. It was shown that there were a number of other sons left to
support the mother and therefore his claim was refused and he was reported
for service with the other draftees, who expect to be called out about
Those who passed last week were:
Forest Alvin Blum, Tionesta.
Merle Haslet, Muzette.
Irwin Kelly, Tionesta.
Glenn Klinestiver, East Hickory.
Earl Ransom Stoer, Kellettille.
Timothy Veryl Coon, Clarington.
Lloyd Fitzgerald, Lynch.
Orie Clifford Kinch, Kellettille.
George Elmer Taft, Endeavor.
Frank Russell McCauley, Truemans.
Hardy Kiffer, West Hickory.
Miles Edwin Weingard, Tionesta.
Charles Franklin Rust, Endeavor.
Those exempted were:
Charles F. Cussins, Marienville.
Warren Hoover, Muzette.
Charles G. Johnson, Nebraska.
Charles Nelson Russell, Kellettville.
Those rejected were:
George Mick Nicklas, Parrish.
Ralph E. Whitman, Marienville.
Howard S. Mitchlem, Nebraska.
Noah Leslie, Rossy.
Stacy Joseph Carter, Marienville.
John Wallace Sanner, Tionesta.
Frank Sebastian Kline, Marienville.
Cecil Guiton, Muzette.
John Douglas Silvis, Hottelville.
Merle Mead Davies, Tionesta.
Lloyd Madison Price, Kellettville.
Floyd F. Fitzgerald, Hottelville.
Delmar Benson Uplinger, Pigeon.
Fred Harrison Gesin, Marienville.
Floyd H. Brooks, Newmansville.
Clarence B. Woodcock, W. Hickory.
Anobray Lubas, West Hickory.
Russell Blair McMartin, Mayburg.
Charles C. Bortzer, Tionesta.
Harold James McClellan, Truemans.
Ralph M. Siggins, Tionesta.
Daniel Witherell, Endeavor.
Those who had previously enlisted were:
James A. Watson, Kellettville.
Byron Anderson, East Hickory.
Tionesta Girls Fill Fine Positions.
Tionesta, Pa., Aug. 29---Tionesta annually sends out a number of her good
school teachers who are successfully filling good positions in other
communitites. Those who left the first of the week are: Miss Blanche
Pease, Akron, Ohio; Miss Maude Canfield, Munhall, Pa.; Miss Clare Henry,
Ambridge, Pa.,; Misses Goldie Hill and Florence Hilton, Freedom, Pa.; Miss
Evelyn Grove, Woodlawn, Pa. These young ladies will attend the annual
institutes this week and wll take up their regular work next week. Miss
June Herman and Miss Erdie Wolfe will go to Akron later to resume their
work in the schools.
Call Extended to Maryland Pastor.
Tionesta, Pa., Aug. 29.---The Tionesta Presbyterian church at a well
attended congregational meeting held on Monday evening voted unanimously
to extend a call to Rev. Mr. Kribbs of Ashville, Maryland, to become the
pastor of the church. Rev. Mr. Kribbs as a young man who has been doing
supply work in the city of Baltimore and recently preached in the Tionesta
church, giving ver good satisfaction to his hearers. He has a wife and two
children and will accept the call, expecting to move his family into the
manse here. The church has been vacant since the resignation of the former
pastor, Rev. Harry A. Baxley, who accepted a call the first of the present
year to the Second Presbyterian Church at Johnstown, Pa. The local
supports of the church will be pleased to learn that services will soon be
a regular feature in this popular house of worship.
Marienville Gets Gas Rate Boost.
Marienville, Pa., Aug. 29.---The president, David Mintz, on August 22,
1917, filed a petition with the Public Service Commission at Harrisburg,
Pa., asking leave to increase its schedule of rates from the present rate
of 27 cents per thousand cubic feet with 2 cents rebate if paid on or
before the 15th of each month, to 32 cents per thousand cubic feet, said
increase if granted to take effect on December 1, 1917.
Glass Company Is Making Good
Marienville, pa., Aug. 29., ---One of the flourishing industries of this
community is the Marienville Glass Company, which held its annual meeting
of stockholders here last week. The report of the expenses and earnings of
the company made by Manager R. R. Underwood showed a very favorable
condition, with a net profit for the year of $9,000.00. Many improvements
are contemplated in the construction of the plant, which will be
substantially enlarged. The following officers and directors were elected:
President, L. H. Hensch; vice-president, R. E. Goodwin; secretary, W. H.
Pickens; treasurer, D. B. Shields; manager, R. R. Underwood; directors, R.
R. Underwood, D. B. Shields, David Mintz, L. H. Mensch, B. F. Kendall, R.
E. Goodwin and W. H. Pickens.
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