Cornelius A. Blachly, BiographyPorter County biographical sketches . . . .

Transcribed biography of Cornelius A. Blachly

CORNELIUS A. BLACHLY - Mr. C. A. Blachly was born in Union Township, Porter County, Indiana, on October 13, 1867, the son of Josephus and Esther (Eastman) Blachly, the former of whom was of Porter County. The maternal grandparents were originally of New York State, but were early arrivals in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in which place Esther was born. She came to Valparaiso as a school teacher, and was married in that city. To Josephus and Esther Blachly were born three children: Ulysses G., Cornelius A., and Clarence, who passed away in November, 1918.

Cornelius Blachly attended the grade schools and Northern Indiana Normal at Valparaiso, and then engaged in farming until 1902, when he was selected as trustee of Union Township until 1905. He was then honored with election to the office of county assessor from 1907 to 1910, and in the latter year became auditor of this county. He was reelected to the same office in 1914 and served four years. He then was associated with the Lewis E. Meyers Company of Valparaiso for a period, and in 1926 again received the nomination for the office of auditor of this county.

His marriage was with Grace, daughter of George and Mary (Thornton) Guernsey, who were originally of Canada, but came to Lake County a number of years ago. To this marriage were born two children: Esther E., who is the wife of Clayton Martin, the assistant superintendent of the South Shore Line of Gary; and Ruth, the wife of Bruce B. Loring, an attorney of this city. Reverting to the ancestry of our subject, the paternal grandparents in 1834 settled about midway between Valparaiso and Deep River in the place known as Blachly's Corner. The family consisted of four sons and five daughters; one of these, Napoleon, served as a soldier in the Civil war and died at Silver Springs, Tennessee, while in service. The others were: Miller, Lincoln, Josephus, Josephine, Alice, Eva, Cornelia, and Ellen. The maternal grandfather and his wife, Albert and Elmira (Larrabee) Eastman, were natives of Vermont and for a number of years were residents of New York State, from which place they removed to Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Source: Cannon, Thomas H., H. H. Loring, and Charles J. Robb. 1927. History of the Lake and Calumet Region of Indiana Embracing the Counties of Lake, Porter and Laporte. Volume II. Indianapolis, Indiana: Historians' Association. 827 p.
Page(s) in Source: 260-262

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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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