This post was contributed to the Crawford County Chapter of OGS by Kristina Stearley as part of the Florence Siefert Scrapbook in 2010.
The scrapbook is compiled from undated, unidentified newspaper clippings involving events in the lives of Crawford County citizens living in or having connections to New Washington, Tiro, Shelby, Sulphur Springs, Chatfield, Bucyrus, Ashland, Mansfield, and other areas. Only minimal spelling or punctuation corrections were made. Unreadable areas are shown by underlines, dots &/or question marks. This collection has been scanned, “optical character recognized” (OCR’d), proofed, then coded for HTML by volunteers of the Crawford County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society. Since the copies are not of the best quality errors may have been made. Please contact us if you find corrections needing to be made or can verify any missing dates which could be added.
Jacob F. Bloom was born in New Washington, Ohio, June 21, 1857. Thence he removed with his parents to DeKalb, Ohio. June 3, 1882, he married Clara Bareford, of Tiro, O. Rev. Marcus, of Crestline Reformed church officiating. With his young wife he removed to Toledo where they resided for about two years; he during this time being in the employ of the Penna R. R. Co., on the N. W. 0. division. While living in Toledo his wife’s health failed and he learning the employ of the R. R. removed with her to Tiro where they have since resided till the time of his death which occurred February 13, 1889.
The funeral services were held in Crouse chapel on Friday, at 1:30 p.m. The services were conducted by Rev. Goodlin, pastor of the church, assisted by Rev. Tussing, of the United Brethren church. The scripture lesson read by Rev. Goodlin from Ecclesiastes, 3 chapter. After a fervent prayer by Rev. Tussing in which he bore the bereaved ones to the thrown of divine grace asking God to comfort them and draw them near to him. The funeral sermon by request of the bereaved wife was preached by Rev Knox, of the United Presbyterian church, from the Text “No man is sure of life.” Job, 24 chapter, 22 verse.
After the services at the church the body was laid to rest in the Oakland graveyard in compliance with the deceased’s request. Such a funeral was perhaps never witnessed in this place before. It is estimated that fully 700 people were present such an awful tragedy had never fell on our town and we can only avert another, perhaps greater, by hearing God speaking to us now. “Look unto me and be ye saved.” “He that believeth shall be saved.”
In the death of Jacob F. Bloom a dear and kind son has been taken away and two aged parents have been left to mourn in their old age and yet God says to them that he is ready to comfort and offers comfort in this their trial. Then a loving wife in delicate health sits in grief and loneliness. He was a kind and affectionate husband, he was always ready and willing to do cheerfully not only what he could for his loving wife but outside of home. There are those who can point to many a pleasure and say, “Jacob Bloom had a kind hand in that.” Ever ready to adminster to the poor and needy, ever willing to lend a helping hand in time of sickness, but today his place is vacant, a loving wife sits alone, yet that Saviour in whom she trusts says to her, “I will not leave you comfortless.”