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Glad to Get Home.

Alex Bliley, wife and little son, arrived this morning. They left the first of last June to attend the diamond anniversary of the wedding of his parents at Erie, Pa., visiting in that state, New York and Ohio. They say they didn't see any McKinley people, but 1 they are all Calamityites; they nearly melted last Saturday in Chicago.



Cassius S. Wagner, one of the best known residents of East Millcreek, died at his home at 11 o'clock this morning. He would have been 54 years of age in April, had he lived. Death resulted from complications following a serious attack of bowel trouble.

"Cash" Wagner, as he was best known, was a man who had many friends. He was congenial and of a happy mind, a, sort of man that knew but few enemies. He was a progressive farmer and was well to do. For several years he served as road commissioner in the township in which he resided and at the time, of his death was township school assessor.

He was very unfortunate in his marital affairs. When a young man he was married to a western lady and she lived hut a short time when death took her from him. After he came back to Erie county he was united in marriage to Miss Carrie Drown. To them were born three children, Gertrude, Hattie and Florence. Her death occurred several years ago and lie later married a sister of the second wife, Miss Jessie Drown, who with the children, survive him. Miss Gertrude is a school teacher, and Hattie and Florence are at home.

At the hour The Times goes to press no arrangements for the funeral have been made.

"Died Feb 10, 1906" in pencil



At the family home in Wesleyville, at 3:43 this morning, occurred the death of Charles Bliley, one of the oldest and best known citizens in this county.

Mr. Bliley was born in Baden, Germany, July 23, 1822, his people sailing to this country when he was 12 years old. They came to Erie county, and here Mr. Bliley has lived an up-right, honest, Christian life, attaining the ripe old age of 84. He was married on June 8, 1847, to Mary Jane Mead, who has been his faithful help-mate for over 59 years. They reared a family of 10 children.

One brother, Andrew Bliley, of West Ninth street, still survives.

In 1892, they moved from their prosperous farm, a mile south of Wesleyville, to the village, where they have together spent their last days in ideal retirement and peace, with their children and grandchildren about them.

For the past year, he has been slowly, almost imperceptibly, approaching the great beyond, and the passing away was like a candle burning out.

Gathered about his bedside were six of the eight living children: Mrs. John S. Lambing and Mrs. Elliot M. Bonnell, of Corry; Frank N. Bliley; and Mrs. Silas R. Curtis [ed: Rosana Jane], of Erie; Wilfred H. Bliley and Mrs. Wm. Agnes Wagner, of Wesleyville; Ross A. Bliley, of Oil City, and David C. Bliley, of Akron, Ohio, who will arrive today.

There are 18 grandchildren, and one great grandchild, the son of Gertrude Bonnell McConnell, of Oil City.

The funeral will be held Saturday, arrangements to he completed later.



Mrs. Cordelia Chambers, in her 61st year, died at the family residence on West First street at 7 o'clock on Thursday evening after an illness covering a period of more than a year. In her passing away the city loses one of its most philanthropic women, the poor and needy one of their best friends, the church and benevolent organizations of the city a liberal supporter, and her family a mother whose chief aim was to secure their happiness and comfort.

Mrs. Chambers through her long residence in the oil country had a large circle of acquaintances and through her many excellent qualities of mind and character and. manner had also a wide circle of friends. She was born February 2, 1830, at Harbor Creek, Erie county, and was the daughter of George and Philanda Lee Bonnell. Her husband, the late Wesley Chambers, was also a native of Harbor Creek, leaving there in 1852 for the California gold fields, where he remained for eight years. He then returned to his boy-hood home, where on September 20, 1860, he was married. He and his wife came the same year to the oil fields in this immediate vicinity, locating first at Tidioute, later at Rouseville and in 1876 came to Oil City. Mr. Chambers died March 18, 1896. Mr. Chambers was one of the best known of the early pioneers of the oil producing industry. At Tidioute and Rouseville he was engaged in shipping oil by wagon and boat and in 1864 engaged in drilling for oil. He was interested in all of the oil development from that time until his death, including the local fields m this immediate vicinity, McKean and Allegany counties on the north, Butler, Armstrong and the Southwest. He was also interested in mining at Ouray, Cal., and in the refining business at Oil City. Mr. Chambers was noted for his philanthropy end in these good works as well was in all of his business interests he found in his wife an able helpmate and sage advisor. The works of charity engaged in by her husband she carried on in detail and even on a more liberal scale. There was absolutely no educational, religious or charitable organization in the city that she did not help liberally in a financial way. She was one of the first to encourage the project of establishing a free library in the city and her subscription of $1,000 aided materially to put the project in a position where it seamed possible to secure it for the city.

It was largely through her munificent gift at the time the contention of the Women's Foreign Missionary society was held here that the founding of the Chambers' Bible Training school was accomplished in India, while her private benefactions were innumerable, many of them being known only to herself and to the recipients. She was a member of the Trinity M. E. church, this city, since her arrival here a quarter of a century ago, and was one of its most active workers as well as chief supporters. She was president of the Women's Foreign Missionary society of that church for years.

Although a devout and consistent Christian, her nature was most social, nothing delighting her more than to fill her home with young company and to accept their confidences and to give them advice and encouragement. At her home on West First street, one of the largest in the city, has been entertained nearly every prominent clergyman known to the Methodist Episcopal faith and was always open to the missionaries and lecturers who were brought here under the auspices of the church of which she was a Member, one who have accepted the hospitalities of her home in the years past but will learn of her death with a sense of a personal bereavement and with sincere sorrow. Her life has been a singularly useful one, and, although for more than a year she realized that her disease was incurable, she retained her Christian fortitude to the last and lost none of her cheerfulness of manner or interest in the welfare of those about her and in the community at large. She is survived by three children, Fred N. Chambers and Mrs. Anna Merck, wife of Dr. August Morek, of this city, and George D. Chambers, of Lawrence, Kan.

She is also survived by four brothers, Marshall Bonner, of Lowville, Erie county; Washington Bonnell, of Wesleyville, Erie county; E. M. Bonnell, of Corry, Pa., and Benjamin, of Victor, Cal.

The arrangements for the funeral have not been completed, awaiting the advices from relatives at a distance.


Former Erie Resident, Died At Richmond, Va., This Morning.

The many relatives and friends of Daniel Bliley, a former resident of this city but now of Richmond, Va., will be pained to learn of his death at that place yesterday at 11 o'clock.

Undertaker Bruger who was a relative of the deceased, received the news of his death by 'phone, and at once communicated with the other relatives in this city and vicinity.

The cause of Mr. Bliley's death could not be learned. He was nearly eighty years of age.

Royal Bliley, who resides near Kuhl, this county, a brother of the deceased, was with him at the time of his death. Another brother, Joseph Bliley, of this city, left for Richmond this morning.

The funeral services will be held in that city Friday morning.

BLILEY - In this city, October 24, 1902, Daniel J. Bliley, age 38 years.

Funeral will take place from residence 124 East Twenty-first street, Monday, at 8:30 o'clock and St. Ann's church at 9:30 o'clock.

Death of D. J. Bliley,

Daniel Joseph Bliley, of 1241. East Twenty-first: street, died, yesterday, at his home. He was 37 years old and highly thought of in the community in which he lived. Mr. Bliley leaves a family. The funeral will be held on Monday next and the interment will be in Trinity cemetery.


Darius Mead Davis.

A long and useful life terminated Tuesday evening at 8.30 o'clock, when Darius Mead Davis was peacefully ushered from the temporal world. Death came without pain, and with all the immediate members of his family surrounding him he passed away as a child going asleep. Mr. Davis was in his ninety-second year and his demise was duo to an exhaustion of vitality.

The deceased was born in the village of Youngsville, Warren County, on July 30th, 1813 and most of his life has been spent in this vicinity. In the year 1840 he was united in marriage to Miss Margaret E. Frank of Busti, New York, who was a faithful, loving companion and wife. She pre-ceded him to the grave four years ago. There are surviving five children, all of whom reside in Warren: Mrs. A. J. Hazeltine, A. A. Davis, H. E. Davis, W. W. Davis' and Mrs. J. W. Steen.

In the year 1874 Mr. Davis came to Warren 'to reside. For a period of about three years he conducted a hotel known as the Davis House, which was located near the foot of Market street, and when the Warren House, now known as the Struthers Hotel was built he was the first manager and he conducted it for about eight years. All the same time he was engaged id farming and conducted the Irvine farm located in Pleasant township and also the Struthers farm, which covered an area on the East Side flats where manufacturing industries are now located. During recent years the deceased lived in retirement.

Mr. Davis served a long and useful the, It was his policy to judge others by the good in them rather than by their faults. He was perfectly honest in his business transactions, was a faithful adherent of the Christian religion and was in every respect a citizen admired for his integrity.

The funeral was conducted Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the residence of J. W. Steen, Fifth street and the service was in charge, of Rev. Paul J. Lux, pastor of the First Baptist church. The interment was in Oakland cemetery.

BLILEY - Thursday, November 16. 1950 - Ellen F. Butler Bliley, aged 82 years, of 402 Church St., Huntingdon, Pa., mother of Mrs. Dan R. (Mary) Hunter and Harold Bliley and sister of Mrs. William Colegrove. Funeral from the Brugger Funeral Home, 449 East 9th Street, Monday morning at 9:30 o'clock, services in St. Peter's Cathedral at 10:00 A. M. Friends are invited to call any time Sunday and to attend services. Interment in Trinity Cemetery. Ex-19

Mrs. Ellen F. Bliley

Prayer services for Mrs. Ellen F. Butler Bliley, 82, native of Erie who died Thursday in Blair Memorial Hospital, Huntington, Pa., were held at 9:30 a. m. Monday in the Brugger Funeral Home.

Requiem high mass followed at 10 a, m. in St. Peter's Cathedral, with the Rev. William R. Hastings, officiating.

Pallbearers were James Colegrove, Cassius and Dawson Bliley and James and William Butler. Burial was in Trinity Cemetery.


Mr Gleason Fillmore Mead was born on the farm now occupied by Ulysses Mead in Brokenstraw township Oct 29, 1829, he being 79 years past at the time of his death. He lived on the farm on which he died for 54 years. He was twice married, his first wife being Miss Caroline Hotchkiss of Pleasantville Pa. To them were born seven children DeEtte Babcock of Sandy Lake Pa, K T Mead of Washington D C, Mary Eddy of Panama N Y, Carrie Eddy of Warren Ohio, Carlton Mead dying in infancy Arlie Thoburn and Gaylord Mead also deceased. He was married the second time to Mrs Ellen Parker. He also leaves two brothers, Ulysses Mead of Youngsville Pa and Rev Stephen Mead of Forestville N Y. He was a member of the M E church at the time of his death. His final attack of heart disease and dropsy commenced in November 1906 and although at times he seemed better it finally caused his death after weeks of great suffering.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev Burns, Friday at 2 o'clock, May 17 1907, at the family home.

Interment in the family lot in the beautiful cemetery at Youngsville.

Mr Gaylord F Mead was born in Brokenstraw township Aug 16, 1879 being 23 years 7 months old at the time of his death. He passed away from earth just at the hour of the funeral services of his father and was buried by the side of his father the next Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. He died of consumption after over a years suffering which was known only to himself. All was done that could be under the circumstances but his life could not be saved. He leaves one brother and three sisters to mourn his early death.

Rev Burns preached the funeral sermon in the church at Youngsville. His burial being in the family lot.



John S. Lambing, One of Corry's Leading Citizens, Called Suddenly.

This community was shocked a few days ago by the news that John S. Lambing, had been stricken suddenly Tuesday evening while in Pittsburg on a business trip. His wife and son, Charles of this city went to him directly and his other son, Wilbur, who was in Tarentum, reached his bedside the following day, also. It seems that Mr. Lambing had been in McKeesport Tuesday and returned to the Home Hotel in Pittsburg, where he stopped, in the evening. He told the landlord that he was very ill and asked to be put to bed at once and that a physician be called, which was done. He became delirious and relapsed into unconsciousness soon after. He passed a very bad night and in the morning the attending physician directed that he be removed to the Allegheny General Hospital. Meanwhile his family had reached him but only for a moment did he recognize his son, Charles, singing rapidly until the end which came at 2:40 Thursday. The body accompanied by members of the family arrived here on the 4 o'-clock train Friday morning.

The funeral services were held at the residence this afternoon at 3:30 O'clock. Rev. C. E. Woodward, of the First Presbyterian church, officiated, and James Wright, accompanied by Mrs. G. A. Elston, sang two beautiful selections. Many beautiful flowers, the tributes of loving friends surrounded the casket. The pallbearers were James L. West, R. F. Livermore Dr. P. G. Wood. Dr. G. A. Elston, W. Ed. Marsh, and George Knowlton. The N. C. C. of which Mrs. Lambing is a member attended in a body. Interment was made in Pine Grove cemetery.

John S. Lambing was born in Armstrong county, Pennsylvania, in 1852 and was, therefore, 58 years of age. His educational opportunities, as a boy, were very limited and he was distinctly a self made man, having made up to a considerable degree the efficiency of schooling by diligent reading and by observation.

He was married in 1880 to Miss Barbara Bliley, of Wesleyville. They lived for a year and a half in Clarion county. In 1882 they moved to Corry and have resided here ever since. He leaves to mourn his untimely death, his wife and three children, two sons and one daughter. These are Charles B., Belie C., and John Wilbur.

Directly after moving to this city Mr. Lambing became associated with his brother-in-law, Mr. E. M. Bonnell, in the bedspring business. About twelve years ago he went into the manufacture of mattresses in what was known as the Corry Upholstering Co. He was also interested in a number of other business and manufacturing ventures.

Mr. Lambing did not take personal charge of any of these later enterprises but devoted his time mainly to selling goods to the trade on the road. Apparently everything was moving along prosperously and he built a beautiful home fronting on the park, in order to surround his family with every comfort and convenience. But scarcely a year ago he became aware of the fact that his upholstery business was in bad financial difficulty, thru no fault of his and that all of his brilliant prospects were gone. He made every effort to find a way out of his financial embarrassment, but in vain. Mr. Lambing's health had not been sound for some time and the terrible strain and worry of these troubles were a blow that no ordinary constitution could endure. Bravely he took up the duties of life however, after seeing everything swept away, and it was while pursuing his labors as a salesman that the tension under which he struggled became too great for his weakened physical endurance and the machinery suddenly snapped, "the silver cord was loosed, the golden bowl was broken" and the magnanimous soul of John Lambing winged its way to those shores where earth's troubles cease.

Mr. Lambing was a man of sterling character. He was domestic in his habits and essentially democratic in his tastes. He was generous and hearty and always had a pleas-ant smile of greeting. He was an active member of the Presbyterian church and belonged to the National Union. His death has removed one of Corry's most respected and prominent citizens.


Joseph Bliley Died Last Evening at 10 O'Clock - Had Been ill for Some Time.

Joseph Bliley, a widely known citizen and a pioneer resident of Erie county, passed away yesterday at the residence, 1241 East Twenty-first street, aged 77 years, 3 months and 21 days, deeply mourned by his personal acquaintances of county and city.

The deceased was born in Greene township, Erie county, January 2, 1835, and was active as a farmer until 1902, when he retired and came to Erie. Of later years he was a member of St. Ann's church.

He leaves to mourn his death four daughters - Mrs. Leo Egg, of Walla Walla, Wash.; Mrs. John Wehan, Mrs. Jacob Zimmer and Mrs. Benjamin Wagner, all of Erie; also three sons, Fred, Joseph and Andrew Bliley; one brother, Royal Bliley, and one sister, Mrs. Felix Klick, and ten grandchildren. Mr. Bliley had been in poor health for some time, but had been able to be up and around until the last few weeks, when he was forced to his bed. He was a prominent and influential citizen and was respected by all who knew him.

The funeral will take place from the late residence, 1241 East Twenty-first street, Saturday morning at 8:30, and from St. Ann's church at 9 o'clock. The interment will take place in Trinity cemetery.

WAGNER - In Wesleyville, Feb. 12, 1910. Lydia Anna, widow of the late Myron L. Wagner, aged 64 years.

Funeral services will be held from the home of her son, Frank, Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Friends invited. Interment at Erie cemetery.


BLILEY - In this city, June 13, 1903, Mrs. Mary, wife of Joseph Bliley, aged 62 years, 4 months, 1 day.

Funeral from residence, 1245 East Twenty-first street, Wednesday morning at 8:10 and 9 o'clock from St. Ann's church. Friends invited.

The Death of Myron Wagner


Myron Wagner, one of the oldest residents of East Millcreek, passed away at his home on the East Buffalo road at 6:30 oclock last evening. Mr. Wagner was a highly respected man and one who had many friends. Had he lived until next Sunday he would have been 61 years of age.

He is survived by a wife and two sons, F. E. and Frank A., both of whom are married. He also leaves one sister, Mrs. Marian Cook. He was a brother of Cassius Wagner, who died but a few weeks ago.

The arrangements for the funeral have not been completed as yet and will be announced later.

"Died March 14, 1906" in pen on clipping

OBITUARY---MRS. S. R. CURTIS [ed: Rosana Jane]

Mrs. Silas R. Curtis, wife of a well-known engineer on the E. & P. railroad, died at her home, 149 West Twentieth street, at 2:45 o'clock Friday afternoon, June 11, 1909, following an illness of six months' duration. She was the daughter of Mrs. Charles Bliley, of Wesleyville, and was 47 years of age.

The funeral was held yesterday morning at 9 o'clock from St. Peter's cathedral. Interment was made in Trinity cemetery. Besides her husband and mother she leaves three sisters : Mrs. E. M. Bonnell and Mrs. J. S. Lambing, of Corry, and Mrs. M. Agnes Wagner,, of Wesleyville ; four brothers, David C. Bliley, of Akron, O.; Ross A. Bliley, of Findley, O.; Wilfred H. Bliley, of Wesleyville, and F. A. Bliley, of Erie.

[Note: She was Rosana (Rose) Jane Bliley


Popular Young Lady of Kuhl Laid to; Rest Friday.

Probably never in the history of Kuhl, this county, was there more sincere sorrow expressed over the' death of any resident than has been universally expressed over the passing away on Monday, April 6, of Miss Sarah Bliley.

The funeral was held on Friday morning last, Rev. Father Tipp officiating, and was one of the largest ever held in the vicinity of the home of the deceased. The interment took place in Trinity Cemetery, Erie.

Miss Bliley was the greatly be-loved daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Royal Bliley, and was only a little over 21 years old. She was a most lovable Christian young lady, who made friends of all with whom she came in contact and who never made an enemy in her whole life.

Besides her broken-hearted father and mother, those who are left to mourn her untimely death are three sisters and one brother: Ella, Anna., Gertrude and Roy.

OCTOBER 24, 1913.


Man of Many Admirable Qualities Dies at Home of Daughter, Mrs. S.C. Stebbins.

Silver Creek, Oct. 24. - Rev. Stephen L. Mead died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. S. C. Stebbins, near Silver Creek, last Sunday. He was the son of Philip and Mary Covert Mead, both of whose families were prominent in the settlement and early history of Western Pennsylvania. He was born in Brokenstraw township, Warren Co., Pa., on July 22, 1832.

At eleven years of age Mr. Mead was converted and joined the Methodist Episcopal church. In 1848-49, he attended Allegheny College. In 1852 he, with an older brother, went to California via Central America, returning via Panama about two years later. In 1854 he was licensed to preach in the Methodist Episcopal church and sent to Randolph where he remained in charge two years at a salary of $170 per year, after which he was ordained a deacon and retired from active service on account of ill health. Since then, however, he had done a great deal of work as a local preacher, particularly among those who were not connected with any church. He was, the pastor of the pastorless and his place can scarcely be filled. Through-out his long life his home was a fortress of faith and his house a house of prayer. His last public preaching was Sept. 10, 1911, at Hanover Center.

Politically Mr. Mead was a progressive in the true sense of the word, first a Whig, then a Republican, then an ardent party Prohibitionist. The cause of Prohibition was very near his heart and he regarded it as part of his religion.

He was the last of the male charter members of the Hanover Farmers' club which was organized 32 years ago. He joined upon the condition that the meetings open with prayer which custom has always been followed.

In 1855, Mr. Mead was married to Electa Day, who died in 1865. To them were born five children of whom but one is now living, Wills G. Mead of Melette, S. D. In 1868 he married Margaret Wilson Wiggins, who died March 1, 1913. To them were born five children, all of whom survive: Mrs. Jessie Stebbins, Mrs. F. B. Clothier, Mrs. S. P. Williams, Ulyssus Mead and Philip Mead.

Rev. Mr. Mead was a man of high ideals who had the courage of his convictions. Unlike many idealists, however, he was thoroughly practical. This combination of qualities made him a man of great influence over all with whom he came in contact and he will be greatly missed by an unusually large circle of friends.

The funeral was held Wednesday, with burial at Forestville.

MEAD (Willis).

At his home near Elma, Friday, August 26, 1892, at 10:45 p. m., occurred the death of Willis Mead, aged 63 years, 7 months and 26 days. Sunday morning, August 28, in the beautiful little cemetery at Elma, were laid to rest all that was mortal of the late Willis Mead. The funeral services were held at his home near Elma, under the majestic trees which he so loved, and in whose inviting shade he spent the greater part of the past summer. The services were conducted by the Rev. P. N. Dwello assisted by Rev. Victor Brown. The eloquent and feeling sermon touched the hearts not only of the bereaved family but of the sorrowing friends present. The choir consisting of Mr. and Mrs. Quimby, Miss Rilla Overfield, Miss Kittle Fluke and Dr. Dunn rendered sweet and appropriate hymns.

Mr. Mead was born in Warren Co., Penn., Dec. 31, 1828, being the oldest son of David and Elizabeth Mead. His youth and early manhood were spent in and near his birthplace. Feb. 24, 1857, he was married to Lodema Smith at Harborcreek, Erie Co. and in the following March they moved to Fayette Co., Iowa, where he engaged in farming. He removed to Howard Co. in the fall of 1868, where he again engaged in farming, which occupation he successfully pursued until approaching illness determined him to seek treatment, and for this purpose, in September 1891, he returned to Pennsylvania. The' following spring found him again at home, much encouraged, but before many months had elapsed, the fatal disease reappeared, and although he received the best medical treatment it became apparent that it was only a question of time.

In 1862, while in Fayette Co., he became a member of the Christian church, and after his removal to Howard Co., he served as Deacon in the same church, and was one of its most earnest and active members until the church was disorganized.

That Mr. Mead was a christian was evidenced by his life - his patience during the long years of suffering, his thoughtful care of others before himself and his unswerving devotion to duty.

Mr. Mead was a man of the strictest integrity in all business matters, taking as his guide the "Golden Rule." He possessed a kind and generous nature and never refused assistance which he could render. He had hosts of friends as was shown by the long cortege which followed his remains to their last resting place.

All his family were with him when his soul returned to its maker.

He is survived by his wife, four sons, Emery, Wallace, Elmer and Andrew, two daughters Alice and Mrs. Doan, two sisters Mrs. Charles Bliley and Mrs. W. Bunnell, and one brother J. D. Mead, the three last named living in Erie Co., Pennsylvania.

"Weep not for him who's gone before,

Though sad thy heart may be,

He has but crossed to another shore

Where he will wait for thee."

Resolution of Respect.

Adopted by Elma Lodge, No. 257, I. O. G. T., Aug. 27, 1892.

WHEREAS, It has pleased our Heavenly Father to remove by death from his family and friend, our brother, Willis Mead, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That in his loss we recognize the hand of Providence and feel that in him we have lost a true and faithful brother.

RESOLVED, That we extend to his bereaved family our heartfelt sympathy in this their great affliction.

RESOLVED, That a copy of these resolutions be presented to his family and that a copy be furnished the local paper for publication, also that they be spread upon our minutes.





Card of Thanks.

We, the undersigned, desire to return our sincere thanks to those who so kindly assisted us, and also to those who tendered their assistance in our recent bereavement.