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
Cambria County Pennsylvania Biographies
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