Saturday, July 15, 2017

Early 1900s Newspaper Clipping about James H. Bloom, Undertaker & Furniture Dealer, Sherwood, Ohio

Newspaper clipping from the early 1900s found tucked in the Bible of Jeremiah Bloom & Susanna (Snyder) Bloom of Pennsylvania and Ohio and passed on to their son James Hagan Bloom, who is the subject of this article.

Transcription at the end of this post.

Other than this clipping, the Bible contains 3 pages of family records, with entries recording the birth and two marriages of James Hagan Bloom, many CDVs and tintypes, other clippings and mementos.

From the Bible and the newspaper article - corrections and additions requested:

James Hagan Bloom was born May 3, 1859 in Richland County, Ohio [Shelby, Ohio, according to the article], the son of Jeremiah Bloom and Susanna (Snyder) Bloom, Pennsylvania natives who moved to Ohio, where they met and married in 1845.  According to the article, Jeremiah, son of Jacob and Elizabeth Bloom, had come to Richland County, Ohio, with his parents in 1834.  Several years after his marriage to Susanna, Jeremiah started an undertaking business; son James would join him in that business in 1889.

James married Lida A. Snyder on January 31, 1879.  The Bible shows an entry for Lida on the Deaths page : Lida A. Bloom, August 25th 1880.  Aged Twenty years Nine months and 19 Days.  I didn't find a record of children for James and Lida.

On March 2, 1882, widower James married Louisa E. Miller, born March 28, 1865 in Defiance County, Ohio.  They had two daughters, [Inas ?] Dessie Bloom, born February 21, 1885, and Bertie Bell [Bell in the Bible and Belle in the article], born March 26, 1889.

The article mentions Dessie's August 14, 1902 marriage to Oscar Bergman.  Interestingly, there's a report card for the school year 1915/1916 for their son Harold Bergman tucked in the Bible.  The report card was signed each term by Mr. and Mrs. J. Bloom or Mrs. J. Bloom.  Apparently Harold was then living with his grandparents.

James died in 1926 and Louisa in 1941.  They're buried in the Sherwood Cemetery at Sherwood, Ohio.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.


The well known undertaker and furniture dealer, James Bloom, and the subject of this sketch, was born on May 3rd, 1859, at Shelby, Richland county, Ohio.  His father, the late Jeremiah Bloom, was a native of Pennsylvania, and was born in Perry county of that state in June 1824, his parents, Jacob and Elizabeth Bloom, also being natives of that state.

Jeremiah Bloom came to Richland county with his parents in 1834, and was married in 1845 to Susanna Snyder, and three years later went into the undertaking business, coming to Sherwood in 1878.  During his life time he buried more than three thousand persons.  He died in 1892 and James still continues the business, having been associated with his father in the business for many years.

James was married March 2nd, 1882, to Louise Miller, a daughter of Jacob Miller.

Mrs. Bloom was born March 28th, 1865, in Defiance, Ohio, and when yet a little girl her parents moved to their farm in Delaware Twp. where she grew up.

Two children have been born to them, Dessie, born February 21st, 1885, and was married August 14th, 1902, to Oscar Bergman.  The second girl, Bertie Belle, was born March 26th, 1889.

Besides learning the undertaking business, Mr. Bloom learned the trade of painting and cabinet making.

In 1889 he went into the undertaking business with his father and in 1891 attended the school of embalming at Muncie, Indiana, receiving a diploma from that institution.  The firm also started in the furniture business in a small way and the business has steadily grown until a larger building was found necessary, and this year he put up a very fine two story brick block on the site of his former building, and has now one of the nicest and best stocked furniture rooms in Northwestern Ohio.  Being a cabinet maker and painter himself, he understood the business of selecting furniture thoroughly.

Mr. Bloom has a license from both Ohio and Indiana to practice his profession of undertaking and embalming, owns a very fine hearse and understands the business of Funeral Director thoroughly.

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