E. F. BLANDING, a retired farmer, living in the village of Brookfield, Madison County, was born in Exeter Hollow, Otsego County, N.Y., March 22, 1820. His paternal grandfather and his father, both named Franklin, were natives of the Eastern States, but moved to New York State, and settled in Otsego County. The father was reared to the trade of shoemaking, and for many years went from house to house, making shoes, but after a while had a shop in North Brookfield, and later in East Hamilton, at which place he resided until his death, at the age of sixty-eight years. He married Miss Nancy Holbrook, of Swanzey, N.H.; and they reared a large family of children Joseph, Eliza, Lucina, Nancy, E. F., William, Jefferson, Oscar, Susan, Adolphus, Mary, Amanda, and Freeman. Of these, only three are now living--Oscar, Adolphus, and our subject. The mother died at the age of seventy-two years.
The early life of E. F. Blanding was without any special incident, marked only by his taking the usual education of the public schools of his district and remaining at home until the age of twenty-one, when he made his introduction to the sterner duties of life and its lessons. He first went to North Brookfield, N.Y., and worked out by the month. By industry and hard labor he soon acquired enough money to buy a farm for himself. On this place he lived, and erected the buildings necessary for carrying on the farm. After some years of residence here he sold it, but in the following year bought it back, and lived on the place until 1885, when he again sold it, and moved to the village of Brookfield, where he has resided ever since, practically retired from business. When twenty-two years of age, he married Miss Louisa Forbes; and to them were born three children -namely, Nancy, Lovell, and Brunette. Lovell married Miss Imogene Hills, and died in 1885, having had one child, Lynn. Nancy, who married Albertus Lovejoy, resides in Madison, N.Y., and has four children -- Nina, Frank, Monterville, and Charlotte. Brunette married David Foster, of Brookfield, and has two children, May and Cora. Mrs. Blanding died in February of 1890, and the widow of Lovell Blanding now presides over the home of her father-in-law.
Mr. Blanding is an earnest follower of the principles of the Democratic party, thoroughgoing in his support. While deeply interested in the political questions of the day, on which he keeps himself well informed, Mr. Blanding is by no means obtrusive in his opinions or a seeker for office. He does his duty at the polls; and he allows every man the right to his own ideas, believing that every one should vote as his best judgment directs. He has been considerably interested in the Masonic Order, and is a member of Sanger Lodge, No.
129, A. F. & A. M., of Waterville, N.Y. He is prominently connected with the Universalist church, to which he gives valuable aid. A popular and highly respected citizen, Mr. Blanding has won his good name by a long life of usefulness and integrity.
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