|Birth: ||Feb. 13, 1837|
|Death: ||Feb. 13, 1919|
Published in History of Idaho: The Gem of the Mountains Vol. 2 by James H. Hawley 1920)
Alexander Blessinger, deceased, was for many years a valued resident of Idaho. He came to this state during the period of its pioneer development and shared in the hardships and" privations incident to the settlement and improvement of the frontier. He was engaged in freighting in the early days when there was constant danger of Indian attack and on more than one occasion his wife was threatened. In his later years he became connected with farming and stock raising and met with substantial success in that line of business. He was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, November 17, 1836. His father, John Blessinger, was one of the farmers- of that place, but when his son Alexander was but four years of age he removed with his family to Indiana, settling near Indianapolis, where he again devoted his attention to agricultural pursuits. He passed away at Charlottesville, Indiana, May 2, 1858, while his wife, who bore the maiden name of Elizabeth Brown, died at Charlottesville, June 3, 1847, when but thirty-seven years of age.
Alexander Blessinger, reared in Indiana, pursued his education in the public schools and early became familiar with all branches of farm work. In 1859 he went to Missouri and in the spring of 1860 crossed the plains with ox team to Oregon, settling at Dayton, in the Willamette valley. There he worked for his uncle, Sam Brown, upon a farm until 1861, when he went to the Caribou mines of British Columbia. His success there, however, was- limited and the only gold which he found he had made into a ring, which his son, W. G. C. Blessinger. now wears. He afterward engaged in freighting from Umatilla, Oregon, to Silver City, Idaho, until the Indians became so troublesome that he was obliged to abandon the work as he was in fear of his life. In 1864 he took up his abode in the Boise basin and there engaged in mining with good success for a year.
In 1865 Mr. Blessinger returned to Dayton, Oregon, and was there united in marriage to Miss Maria McClellan, who was born at Fairfield, Illinois. July 29, 1847. She crossed the plains with her parents by ox team in 1850, the family home being established near the present city of Portland, Oregon. After his marriage Mr. Blessinger rented and cultivated his uncle's farm, remaining thereon until 1867, when he and his wife moved to Boise and purchased what was known as the Strode place. He also engaged in freighting from Kelton. Utah, which at that time was the nearest railroad point to Boise, a distance of about three hundred and fifty miles. While engaged in freighting he had a very narrow escape from the Indians. He and his companion teamsters were going into camp one evening at the place where Glenns Ferry is now located when they saw a band of Indians approaching on their side of the Snake river. Mr. Blessinger entreated his companions to ferry their wagons across the river and make camp on the other side but only one man took his advice. The rest of them remained and that night their horses and mules were stolen, their wagons burned and it was only by mere chance and fast running that the men were not murdered. Mr. Blessinger and the companion who took his advice and ferried across the river with him saved all of their goods and stock as the Indians did not cross the river. Mr. Blessinger continued to engage in freighting until about 1880, when he removed from the Strode place to the Picayune Smith place, where he farmed and also conducted a dairy for three years. He then returned to Boise and conducted the Walla Walla corral, where the teamsters kept their horses and mules. In November of the same year he sold the business and removed to the old home farm of two hundred and twenty-six acres, which he purchased from Isaac Newton for four thousand dollars. Upon this tract of land he carried on general farming and also the raising of stock for beef. His business affairs were carefully and wisely directed and he was regarded as a man of enterprise and sound Judgment.
As the years passed Mr. and Mrs. Blessinger became the parents of fifteen children: Lauretta, the wife of H. L. Tucker, of Boise, who is the owner of several houses in that city which he rents; Charles Elsworth, fifty-one years of age, who married Carrie Higgins and lives at Ola, Idaho; Edward Alexander, who died December 5, 1877; John Franklin, who passed away on the 9th of December of that year; Ray and Minnie, twins, the former of whom is now conducting the home farm, while the latter died in infancy; Anna Hester, the wife of Edward Wanke, living upon a farm adjoining the homestead; Ida May, the wife of Steve S. Blore, of La Grande, Oregon; Lucretia, who resides upon the home farm and takes care of her invalid brother; Walter Grannis, thirty-six years of age; Lottie, who became the wife of David A. Stubblefleld, of Boise, and died in 1912; Ella Amanda, the wife of Arthur D. Shelton, a farmer living near Lake Lowell; Benjamin Harrison, thirty-one years of age, who married Goldie Rudisill, of Mountain Home; Ollie Myrtle, the wife of Qassius E. Powell, of Manette, Washington, who was in France with the Fourteenth Division of the Railroad Engineers; and Fred, who died in 1896.
Death again severed the family circle when on the 13th of February, 1918, Alexander Blessinger passed away, all of his living children being present at his bedside when he breathed his last. The wife and mother had departed this life September 30, 1913. Mr. Blessinger had been an active supporter of the republican party and was twice a candidate for the office of county commissioner. He attended the convention which nominated John T. Morrison for governor and was a great friend of the Morrison family. There was no phase of frontier life in the northwest with which Alexander Blessinger was not familiar, having from 1860 been a resident of this section of the country. He lived to witness its wonderful growth, development and transformation and at all times bore his part in the work of general improvement and progress. His reminiscences of the early days were most interesting and presented a clear picture of conditions that were here found more than a half century ago. His labors were indeed a factor in the development of Idaho, and his worth as a man and citizen was widely acknowledged.
John Blessinger (1805 - 1858)
Elizabeth Brown Blessinger (____ - 1847)
Ann Mariah McClellan Blessinger (1847 - 1913)
Edward A Blessinger (____ - 1877)*
Laura Etta Blessinger Tucker (1866 - 1948)*
Charles Elsworth Blessinger (1869 - 1938)*
John Franklin Blessinger (1870 - 1877)*
Minnie Blessinger (1875 - 1876)*
Ray Manuel Blessinger (1875 - 1944)*
Anna Hester Blessinger Warnke (1878 - 1962)*
Ida May Blessinger Blore (1880 - 1963)*
Lulu Blessinger (1881 - 1954)*
Walter Grannis Blessinger (1883 - 1931)*
Lottie Irene Blessinger Stubblefield (1885 - 1912)*
Ella Amanda Blessinger Shelton (1886 - 1974)*
B Harry Blessinger (1888 - 1932)*
Freddie Blessinger (1892 - 1896)*
Fredrick Blessinger (1833 - 1865)*
Leah Blessinger Evans (1834 - 1901)*
Alexander Blessinger (1837 - 1919)
John Blessinger (1838 - 1914)*
ELiza A. Allison (1841 - 1916)*
Henrietta Blessinger Maxwell (1845 - 1926)*
Note: Idaho death idnex shows date of birth as 13 Feb 1837.
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Record added: Oct 05, 2008
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