Biography of D. W. Bliss
Madison County, Ohio Biographies





D. W. BLISS, grocer, Jefferson. The gentleman whose name heads this sketch is a son of Ezra Bliss, who was a native of Vermont, where he received his education and studied medicine. Soon after reaching manhood, he commenced the practice of medicine, and while thus engaged two of his sons, viz., Ezra and Hiram, studied medicine under him and became practitioners. One on his way home from Europe died in Canada, and the other died in Massachusetts. Ezra, Sr., in 1846, was induced by one of his sons, who then lived in Jefferson, Madison County, Ohio, to locate there, but he was growing old, and only followed his profession a few years. He and wife both died here, she being his second companion. He was the father of twelve children, three of whom came to Ohio - D. W., whose name heads this sketch, is a native of Vermont, where he was born April 23, 1835; from 1839 to 1846, he was a resident of Indiana, but since the last date has resided at Jefferson, having come with his father from the Hoosier State; he was educated mostly in the schools of Jefferson, during his early life; at the same time he had experience as clerk in the store of his brother, thereby gaining a knowledge of business. He subsequently served as the first telegraph operator in Jefferson, and as freight, ticket and express agent, a period of fifteen years. In 1872, he took a trip to Europe to see a sick brother, and, after a stay of considerable time, he returned. In 1880, he opened out business in Jefferson similar to that which he is now conducting, but sold out to Hoe & Martin, and, in 1831, opened in his present stand, in which he carries a full line of groceries, provisions, glass and queensware. His wife was Amelia Stutson, to whom has been born four children, all deceased, and three died in infancy, one, Ormie H., at the age of eighteen years.

From:
History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: W. H. Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois
1883


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