Alexander County

Biography - Herman Bloms

HERMAN BLOMS, Cairo, Ill., grocery and provision dealer, on the corner of Seventh street and Washington avenue, was born in Hanover, Germany, on the 16th day of October, 1841. The names of his parents were Englebert H. Bloms and Gesina Kettel, both of whom were natives of the Kingdom of Hanover. His father was born in 1800, and died in the old country in 1866. His mother was born in 1798, and is now living in Hanover. They had but two children, the subject and an older sister, Mary, wife of William Book, of Germany. She was born in 1838. Herman received a fair education in the country of his nativity, and obtained his business training in Rhorer's Commercial College, of St. Louis, Mo. He came to this country in 1860, and after finishing his business course he established a market business in the city of St. Louis, remaining in that city in business until 1865. In March of that year, he came to Cairo, Ill., and for two years thereafter engaged in the same kind of business, but in 1867 opened a grocery and provision store on Washington avenue, between Eighth and Ninth streets. In 1869, he was burned out with a severe loss, but, knowing no such word as fail, he immediately opened up again, and this time on the corner of Seventh street and Washington avenue, where he is still located. He carries an extensive stock and enjoys the confidence of a large number of friends. He was married in Cairo, on the 5th of January, 1873, to Miss Maragret Maloney. Their family consists of M. Gesina, Englebert J., Herman and Annie Bloms. The family are members of the Catholic Church of Cairo. Mr. Bloms owns city property consisting of three improved lots on his business corner, and including his family residence.

Extracted 31 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, page 9.

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