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Peter C. Blocher

PETER C. BLOCHER, farmer and oil producer, Tionesta, was born in Clarence, Erie Co., N. Y., February 1, 1834, a son of Christian and Catherine (Behm) Blocher. His paternal grandfather was John Blocher whose parents came from Switzerland, and were pioneers of Lancaster county, Penn. Peter C. Blocher was reared in his native county, and educated in the common schools. He began life as a farmer, which occupation he followed in Erie county, N. Y., until 1858. He then spent a year in Ohio, returning to New York State in 1859. In October, 18th, he enlisted in Company E, Seventy-eighth New York Volunteer Infantry, and participated in the battles of South Mountain, Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Resaca (Ga.), Kenesaw Mountain, Peach Tree Creek, and in the siege of Atlanta (Ga.), being honorably discharged at the last named place after three years service. In 1865 he located at Oil Creek, Venango county, and in 1866 at West Hickory and Dennis run, where he engaged in the oil business as a producer, and followed the oil fields until 1870. From 1870 to 1885 he resided at Fagundus, then settled on the farm he now occupies in Tionesta township, where he has since resided. Mr. Blocher married, in 1869, Mary, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (Fair) Helm, of Washington township, Armstrong Co., Penn., and they have seven children: William E., Ella B., Howard O., Bertha O., Ralph A., Jesse A. and Phebe E. Mr. Blocher is a member of the Lutheran Church and of the G. A. R.; in politics he is a Republican.

Source: Page(s) 923-924, Chapter 15 Biographical Sketches - Tionesta Township and Borough of Tionesta
Hickory and Harmony Townships
History of Counties of McKean, Elk and Forest, Pennsylvania.
Chicago, J.H. Beers & Co., 1890.
Transcribed November 2005 by Nathan Zipfel for the Forest County Genealogy Project
Published 2005 by the Forest County Pennsylvania Genealogy Project

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