Aug. 30, 1867 Chicopee Hampden County Massachusetts, USA
Apr. 21, 1953 Springfield Hampden County Massachusetts, USA
Springfield Morning Union April 24, 1953
C. A. BLODGETT, 85, OWNED MUSUC STORE
Charles A. Blodgett, 85, of 60 Monmouth St., for 49 years owner of Blodgett's Music Store at 26 [sic] Harrison Ave., retiring in 1946, died Tuesday. Born in Chicopee, Aug. 30, 1867, he had been a resident of Springfield for the past 68 rears.
By training a clarinetist whose interest in music also set him to learning the bassoon, he played here and in New York for the orchestras that were found in most theaters years ago and for the bands that were regular Sunday features in the parke. He began music store business almost accidentally; he had a large studio in the old Springfield Fire and Marine building on Main St. and taught some pupils there. His band colleagues suggested that since he often had to get instruments for those who wanted to study, he might stock some extra instruments as well. His next step was to stock extra band music and other sheet music, and at the age of 30, Mr. Blodgett found himself in the music business. For years his store had a small outlet on the Mount Holyoke College campus. He was a charter member of the local musicians union and its first secretary. Mr. Blodgett was a member of Roswell Lee Lodge of Masons. The funeral will be held at the Dickinson-Streeter funeral home.