Biography of George Blankenbiller
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GEORGE BLANKENBILLER.
For a third of a century George Blankenbiller has been a resident of Adams county. At the time of his arrival he settled upon a tract of raw prairie land on section 3, Silver Lake township, and began the development of a farm. In the careful management of his business he won success and is know the owner of a half section of rich and valuable land from which he derives a gratifying annual income. He leaves the active operation of the place to others, however, at the present time, while he is living retired in Juniata, enjoying a rest which he has truly earned and richly deserves. Pennsylvania claims him as a native son. He was born near Reading, in Berks county, May 9, 1838, a son of George and Elizabeth (Siward) Blankenbiller, who were likewise natives of that state, where they always remained. The father, who was of German lineage, devoted his life to carpentering and thus provided for the support of his family, consisting of wife and three children, all of whom are now deceased with the exception of George Blankenbiller.

Spending his youthful days under the parental roof, George Blankenhiller attended the common schools and at the time of the Civil war he responded to the country's call for troops, enlisting on the 15th of August, 1862, for three years' service in the One Hundred and Sixteenth Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. He was assigned to Company C but during the war was transferred at Harper's Ferry to Battery A of the Fourth Artillery. He participated in the battle of Fredericksburg and afterward went into camp for the winter on the north side of the Rappahannock river, where the troops remained until May, 1863. They then started down the river to Chancellorsville and participated in the engagement of that place. They were afterward at Gettysburg and Mr. Blankenbiller took part in the three days' engagement there. Later he participated in the battle of the Wilderness, but becoming ill, was sent on sick leave to Washington and was there honorably discharged on account of disability. He sustained two slight wounds in the battle of Gettysburg. Ever faithful to duty, he made an excellent record by his loyalty and bravery.

After his return home Mr. Blankenbiller worked as he could until he had recovered his health. He then went to Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, where he resided until 1868, when he removed to Ashland county, Ohio, where he made his home for six years. On the expiration of that period he came to this state and took up his abode on section 3, Silver Lake township, Adams county. His place was a tract of raw prairie on which not a furrow had been turned nor an improvement made, but with characteristic energy he began to break the sod and develop the place, building a small house and setting out a good orchard. He continued the work of development and improvement year after year and is today the owner of a valuable property comprising a half section of land which returns to him a gratifying annual income. He was also at one time the owner of seventy acres on section 9 of the same township but sold this to one of his sons. In 1905 he removed to Juniata, where he has two acres surrounding an attractive, commodious and comfortable residence. His lawn is tastefully adorned with shrubs and trees and the home provides him with all of the comforts of life.

Mr. Blankenbiller has been married twice. On the 12th of October, 1869, he wedded Miss Harriett Palmer, who passed away in October, 1883. To them were born the following children: John, who resides on the home place; David, a high school professor in St. Paul, Minnesota; George and Henry, both of whom are deceased; Daniel, a druggist of Rushville, Nebraska; Samuel, living in Hastings, Nebraska; Milton, who makes his home near Roseland, this state; and Mary, the wife of Floyd Woods, living near Juniata. In December, 1885, Mr. Blankenbiller was again married, his second union being with Miss Anna Brubaker, a native of Snyder county, Pennsylvania, by whom he had two children, namely: Anna, who became the wife of C. C. Laap and died in 1914; and Harriet, a trained nurse in the Frances E. Willard Hospital of Chicago.

Mr. Blankenbiller and his wife are very active and devout members of the Brethren church and assisted in building the house of worship near Roseland. He is serving as one of the deacons of the church and both take an active and helpful interest in its work. In politics he has been a lifelong republican, joining the party when age conferred upon him the right of franchise and giving to it stalwart allegiance through all the intervening years. Mr. Blankenbiller is a self made man, for from early youth he has depended upon his own resources, basing his success upon industry, honesty, perseverance and determination. As the years have gone on he has prospered through the utilization of those qualities and the most envious cannot grudge him his success, so honorably has it been won and so worthily used.

From:
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago, 1916


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