Blim and his father, Jacob S. Blim, enlisted on 22 Aug 1862 from Greenford Township, Mahoning Co., OH, and were mustered into Company A, 125th Ohio Volunteer Infantry on 16 Sep 1862. John Blim was wounded during the Battle of Chicamauga, but returned to the Regiment in time to take part in the Atlanta Campaign, May - September, 1864. Jacob Blim died of disease in October, 1863.(www.civilwardata.com and John S. Blim Military Service Record, National Archives and Records Administration).
JOHN BLIM KILLED.
At Robinson's Stone Quarry
WAS STRUCK BY THE DERRICK.The Pole Pinioned Him to the Ground Killing Him Instantly.
A PROMINENT CONTRACTOR.
The Accident Was a Terrible One and Happen-ed Early This Morning – Only Four Men Were With Him at the Time – His Head Was Badly Crushed – He was an Old Soldier and a Member of Epworth M. E. Church – Leaves a Wife and Three Children – He Was Quarrying Stone for the Second Ward School House.
A horrible accident occurred at an eary hour this morning while the stone masons were working at the Robinson quarry, on the Watson farm near the Oak Park cemetery, by the line ropes giving away, resulting in the instant death of Contractor John S. Blim. The unfortunate man was the senior member of the firm of Blim & Carpenter, general stone and brick contractors, and having recently received the contract for the building of the new second ward school building, was at work with his four men empoyed in quarrying the stone and preparing it for the cellar wall. They had just begun work this morning a short time before the fatal accident happened.
A large stone had been quarried from the rock and the rope and tackle was being used to raise the stone to the surface. Contractor Blim was pulling on the main pulley rope while his assistance were swinging the stone around to place. The swaying of the heavy stone drew the guy lines taut and to the horror of the men the ropes swayed and the derrick fell with a dull thud striking Contractor Blim on the right side of the head pinioning him to the [illegible].
Alfred Rouland and Mr. Black, two of his assistants, immediately ran to relieve the unfortunate man from his perilous position. When the heavy pole had been removed from his prostrate body, they were terrified to find his body lifeless, his head being horribly crushed. The derrick was covered with blood. The frightened men being nearly overcome by the sudden death of their employer, did not know what to do. Two of them remained at the quarry while the other started for the city, and notified a physician and and ambulance was immediately sent to the scene to take him to his home on Walnut street. When the news of the sad accident which had befallen Mr. Blim was told to his wife and family they were nearly prostrated with grief. He was about 51 years of age and the father of three children, William, who is a stone mason and is empoyed in this city; Miss Ella and a little son about seven years of age.
The deceased came to this city from Columbiana, Ohio, about 24 years ago, and began work at the trade of stone mason. Shortly after coming to this city, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Lawrence, who was a resident of Croton. He was one of the most widely known stone masons in this city, and has always commanded and been held in the highest respect by all the community. The deceased was a devout Christian having became a member of the Epworth M. E. church several years ago, being an attentive and faithful member. He also served the country during the late Rebellion by enlisting and served as a faithful soldier for three years. After the war he became a member of Post 100 G. A. R. and also a prominent member of the Union Veteran Legion. With Mr. Blim's death the city has lost a prominent and influential citizen and the sorrowing family have the deep sympathy of all in the bereavement which has befallen them. The time for the funeral has not as yet been decided upon.
As a soldier John S. Blim enlisted at the age of 17 years from Grenenford Mahoning Co. He made a splendid record and participated in the fight of Chicamauga, and in all the engagements of the Atlanta Company from Pine Mountain to Love Joy Station. On September 19, ‘63, he was wounded by a gun shot in the left shoulder and was taken to the hospital at Nashville, Tenn, where he lay seven months. He again joined his command and remained until the close of the war.
Published in the New Castle, PA, Courant Guardian on Wednesday, April 1, 1896.
Notes: Spelling errors in the original were not corrected.
Etta Louise Blim Book (1879 - 1929)*
Note: Head stone reads John Blim, Co. A, 125th OVI. It is badly corroded.
Created by: Barbara Hemmingsen
Record added: Jun 08, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 91586282
My thanks to Dwight Copper and Andrew Henley for providing Blim's obituary and the grave stone photo, respectively.|
Added: Jun. 25, 2012