Biography of Ira Bloom
Cambria County, PA Biographies

Ira Bloom, highly esteemed in Ebensburg and Cambria County as a substantial citizen, is a native of Pennsylvania. He was born Feb. 17, 1863, and is the son of John P. and Ellen (LaFerty) Bloom.

John P. Bloom, deceased, was a native of Blair County, Pa., as was his wife. They had four children: Ira, the subject of this sketch; L. Z., lives at Grand Island, Neb.; Aipheus H., lives near Coshocton, Ohio; Myrtle, married to Bert W. Nipps, lives at Ebensburg.

Ira Bloom was born in a log cabin. He received little schooling, as his father died when he was a boy, and he was obliged to help support his younger brothers and sister. He moved with his family to the John Schroth farm, a small place of 50 acres, near Wilmore, in 1881. He lived there until 1891, during which time he made extensive improvements on the place, when he purchased the William D. Pryce farm at Winterset, three miles east of Ebensburg. At this place he farmed and carried on an extensive horse business until 1907, when he bought and moved to the J. L. Mitchell farm of 595 acres, located on the old Carroiltown road, one and seven eighths miles north of Ebensburg. Mr. Bloom was a natural born horseman, having followed this business for forty five years, during which time he became one of the best and most widely known horsemen in the state. In 1921 he retired from the horse business, turning it over to his son, John P., and moved to Ebensburg, where he now resides. At that time he was made general manager of the Cambria County Fair, a project endorsed by Charles M. Schwab, Mr. Bloom was one of the organizers of the Cambria Title, Savings and Trust Company, of which he was a director until the assets and going business of the company were sold to the Ebensburg Trust Company. Mr. Bloom was one of the incorporators of the Ebensburg Trust Company and is a director in said company. He has been successfully engaged in a meat and grocery business at Ebensburg for a number of years, now located at 107 Center Street,

In 1891 Mr. Bloom was married to Miss Sadie Griffith, the daughter of Griffith G. Griffith, a member of one of Cambria County’s prominent pioneer families. To Mr. and Mrs. Bloom were born seven children, as follows: (1) Nellie, married to Russell J. Edwards, living near Ebensburg, and have three children, Louise, Griffith, and Marian; (2) John P., marned to Mildred Gallagher, living near Ebensburg, and have three sons, John, Frederick and Richard; (3) Griffith G., married to Vernita Sharbaugh, living at Ebensburg, and have two daughters, Madge and Doris, and one son, deceased at birth; (4) Cleda, married to Oliver O'Hara, living at Ebensburg, and have two children, William and Winifred; (5) Wayde, a student at the University of Pittsburgh; (6) Mary, a student at Indiana State Normal School; and (7) Clyde, a student at the Ebensburg High School.

Mr. Bloom is a Republican.

History of Cambria County, Pennsylvania
By: John E. Gable
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis, 1926

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