Biography of John Blocher

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Blocher, John, Buffalo, a descendant from the commonly called Pennsylvania Dutch, comes from the race of farmers, men who have reaped a living from the soil. His father came from Pennsylvania in 1823 and settled in Cayuga county, N. Y., and a year after the completion of the Erie Canal became a resident of Erie county. Mr. Blocher was born at Scipio, N. Y., in 1825. His education was begun in a log school house with a winter term of but three months. When he was but ten years of age his father died, leaving a widow and three children, of whom he was the youngest. After working for a year for a neighboring farmer, at $4 a month, he was apprenticed to a tailor, and at the age of eighteen he embarked in the tailoring business on his own account. When the call to arms was heard he was one of the first to answer the summons and served his country faithfully for a year in the 78th N. Y. Regt. After the war was over he returned home and bought a farm near Clarence, where he spent a year in the lumber business. He then removed to Buffalo and established himself in the boot and shoe manufacturing business, which is now one of the well-known establishments of Buffalo. In 1845 he married Elizabeth Neff of Williamsville, and an only son was born to this union, who died in 1884, at the age of thirty-seven.

Source:
Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898

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