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Samuel H. Blonger
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Birth: Mar. 15, 1839
Franklin County
Vermont, USA
Death: Feb. 15, 1914
Denver County
Colorado, USA

Sam Blonger was a famous "sporting man" of the West. He left his boyhood home in Shullsburg, Wisconsin, in 1859, and headed to California, where he worked hauling freight through the Sierra Nevada. A few years later he returned home, married, and then headed west again with his younger brother Lou, who would be his lifelong partner. Together they turned up in many of the mining boomtowns, from Salt Lake City to Virginia City to Leadville, with Sam usually making a living prospecting, speculating, and gambling. He served as town marshal of Albuquerque for a brief but eventful five months in 1882 before settling down in Denver to run a series of gambling halls and saloons. Eventually Lou Blonger eclipsed his older brother, becoming the boss of the Denver underworld. As Lou's star rose, Sam slipped into retirement, happy to spend his time racing sulkies and taking frequent vacations in Hawaii or Cuba.

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Family links: 
  Simon Peter Belonger (1810 - 1883)
  Judith Kennedy Belonger (1817 - 1859)
  Ella M. Livingston Blonger (1850 - 1921)
  Virginia Hall Blonger (1863 - 1950)
  Samuel H. Blonger (1839 - 1914)
  Michael Belonger (1841 - 1924)*
  Joseph R Blonger (1847 - 1933)*
  Louis Herbert Blonger (1849 - 1924)*
  Marvin Edwin Blonger (1850 - 1927)*
  Mary C. Belonger Swinbank (1853 - 1947)*
*Calculated relationship
Riverside Cemetery
Denver County
Colorado, USA
Plot: 20
GPS (lat/lon): 39.79145, -104.96046
Maintained by: M. Johnson
Originally Created by: Scotti McCarthy
Record added: Nov 07, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 44058600
Samuel H. Blonger
Added by: Scotti McCarthy
Samuel H. Blonger
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Samuel H. Blonger
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