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Helen M. Bobo Blossom
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Birth: May 14, 1840
Death: Jan. 19, 1934

Snow's History of Adams County, Indiana, John Fletcher Snow, B. F. Bowen,
Indianapolis, IN, 1907, (image 649)

Helen M. (Bobo) Blossom is a daughter of Townsend Guarnier Bobo and Almira (Gorseline) Bobo. Both of her parents were natives of Ohio. They came to Adams county, Indiana, from Athens county, Ohio, and settled in Root township. Her father died with cholera in Illinois when about forty years of age. The family lived in a number of places and the mother died in Decatur at the advanced age of eighty-one years. Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Bobo and Mrs. Blossom was the third child born. Her birth occurred in Root township, Adams county, May 14, 1842, eleven years before her father's death.

Mrs. Bobo was married for the second time to Ezekiel Hooper, a pioneer of Adams county. A sketch of this family may be found incorporated in the sketch of Paul G. Hooper elsewhere in this volume. Following her mother's marriage to Mr. Hooper, Mrs. Blossom made her home with her mother and stepfather until her own marriage to Ira A. Blossom. Previous to her marriage, Mrs. Blossom taught school for five years in various sections of Adams and Allen counties. She was early recognized as an accomplished educator and the youth of the two counties where she taught were especially fortunate that they were privileged to begin their studies under her able tutelage.

She was married April 1, 1866, in Root township. Her husband was born on his father's farm in Adams county in 1840. He was the son of Benjamin F. and Mary (Hushaw) Blossom, who were numbered among that band of adventurous spirits who came into the wild country of Indiana in the pioneer days and helped to make the state habitable and productive. Strength is given to the elder Blossom's claim to distinction as a pioneer by the recorded fact that he served as a member of the first grand jury ever assembled in Adams county.

Ira Blossom was reared on his father's farm in Adams county and lived the same life that scores of farmers' sons did during that period. He secured the rudiments of an education in the district schools that were available and later in life supplemented this early education by faithful and intelligent reading. The serious life of the farmer claimed his whole time and energies until the breaking out of the Civil war. He listened to his country's call for volunteers and answered it in October, 1861, by enlisting as a member of Company Forty-seventh Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He was an able and intelligent soldier, and after serving a short time in the ranks of his company was promoted successively to the second lieutenancy and then the first lieutenancy of his company. At a later date he was again promoted to the captaincy of his company and commanded it until the close of the war. He rendered distinguished services in the field and took part in some of the hottest campaigns and actions of the entire war.

Following the close of the war Mr. Blossom returned to his home in Adams county and resumed the peaceful pursuit of farming. He was an accomplished agriculturist and under his management and direction his farm continued to improve and to become more and more productive. He erected model buildings, including a comfortable home and barns and other needful buildings. His property came to be pointed out as one of the model properties of its kind in the entire country. Mr. Blossom continued to operate his farm until about the year 1882, when he removed to Decatur, which city he made his home until his death, August 6, 1893. He was a lifelong Republican and was ever loyal to his party and to its principles and ambitions.

He subscribed to the Presbyterian faith and was an active and earnest member of that church. At one time he was a candidate for sheriff of his county and was defeated by but a small margin. He took the keenest interest in all public questions and was ever joined with those who stood for progress. He was a charter member of Sam Henry Post, Grand Army of the Republic, and was at one time its commanding officer.

Mr. and Mrs. Blossom had born to them eight children, three of whom are still living. These are: Jessie O., Edith M., the wife of Anselm Bremerkamp, and Richard I. A daughter, Florence, died when twenty-three years of age and the others died in infancy.

Mrs. Blossom has taken an active part in the life of her home city. She manifests a live interest in educational affairs and is a member of the Historical and Shakespeare clubs. In addition she is interested in the cause of temperance and served as secretary of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union for fifteen years. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Almira Hannah Gorsline (Bobo) Hooper (1818 - 1899)
 
 Spouse:
  Ira Allen Blossom (1840 - 1893)*
 
 Children:
  Grace Blossom*
  John R. Blossom*
  Miles T. Blossom*
  Florence Blossom (1866 - 1890)*
  Augusta A. Blossom (1868 - 1869)*
  Jessica O Blossom Fry (1878 - 1951)*
  Edith Marie Blossom Bremerkamp (1881 - 1959)*
  Richard Ira Blossom (1886 - 1972)*
 
 Siblings:
  Maria B Bobo Gorsline (1837 - 1920)*
  James Rollin Bobo (1839 - 1901)*
  Helen M. Bobo Blossom (1840 - 1934)
  Paul Granville Hooper (1858 - 1918)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
w/o Ira A
 
Burial:
Decatur Cemetery
Decatur
Adams County
Indiana, USA
 
Created by: Jim Cox
Record added: Jul 01, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 38952652
Helen M. <i>Bobo</i> Blossom
Added by: Rick Blossom
 
Helen M. <i>Bobo</i> Blossom
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