Herbert L. Bliss


September 28, 1854 - January 29, 1931
Reference Number: 6730
Submitter:  Grace Elizabeth Bliss Smith, Granddaughter (#13311)


Photo:  date unknown, probably about 1920

Herbert Lorenzo Bliss was born September 28, 1854 in Cooper Township, Kalamazoo County, MI, the son of George Washington Bliss (#3382) and Helen M. Boynton, both of New York. Mr. Bliss was a prominent resident of Plainwell, Michigan and a member of an old and respected family.  His parents engaged in farming and business in this part of the state and Mr. Bliss, in turn, spent his entire life in this vicinity.  On August 27, 1879, he was united in marriage to Miss Lydia Bachelder of Alamo.  For years, he was an active business man in Plainwell.  He was for a time a member of the firm Bliss and Owen and later bought and conducted this enterprise himself. He was united in marriage to Miss Mary Elizabeth Buxton on February 14, 1894.

He was a lifelong member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and had been for many years one of its leading officials.  He was always ready to assume a fair share of its work and responsibility.  

Mr. Bliss will long be remembered as a man whose life was above reproach, whose interests were unselfish and diversified.  He loved his family, his church and his community.  And so in his passing, he leaves many warm friends who sorrow and feel a distinct personal loss.

Above: Herbert's Store in Plainwell, Michigan; Below: Herbert on the far right about 1923.  Wife, Mary is on the far left.  Son Harold "Jack" is on his father's right.

Children with Lydia Bachelder
Charles Lee, b. 1880 (10300)
Herbert Ray, b. 1881 (10301)
Guy Paul, b.1883 (10302)
Helen Adah, b. 1891 (10303)

Children with Mary Elizabeth Buxton
Harold Lorenzo, b. 1895 (10304)
John Henry, b. 1896 (10305)
Mary L., b. 1898 (10306)
Frederick R., b. 1901 (10307)
George Edward, b. 1905 (10308)
Source: Plainwell Enterprise, February 5, 1931.