Imogene C. Bliss
One of the Last Civil War Widows
Contributed by Great Grandson Robert Youker
Thursday, June 23, 1949
Death Calls Mrs. Bliss in 103rd Year
Mrs. Emogene C. Bliss, whose lineage stemmed from Zacariah Cramer, a soldier of the American Revolution, and who had resided in this vicinity her entire lifespan of more than a century, was summoned by death early Tuesday morning, June 21, 1949, in her home, 157 North Main St., where she had lived for nearly 65 years.
Had Mrs. Bliss lived until next November sixth, she would have been 103 year of age. She suffered a stroke a week ago, but apparently was recovered from it when her heart, which always had been remarkably strong, suddenly faltered from its years of work last Saturday evening, and she became steadily worse until the end came.
She was born in Lottville, Town of Oppenheim, Nov. 6, 1846, the daughter of William and Eliza Bidleman Cramer. Her early life was spent there where she was married to Jerome E. Bliss, a Civil War veteran, Jan. 1, 1866.
In 1884 the couple moved to Dolgeville, in order to give their daughters better school advantages.
In 1885 they moved into the Colonial cottage on North Main St., where she had resided ever since.
Mr. Bliss passed away in 1913. There were two children, the late Mrs. George H. Braybrook, and Mrs. Edward Youker, of Dolgeville, who is among the survivors. Also surviving are three grandchildren; Bliss J. Youker, of Buffalo; Robert J. Youker, of Brooklyn; and Mrs. Grover E. Luther, of Dolgeville; also two great grandchildren, James and Robert, of Buffalo and several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Bliss was an active member of the Universalist Church until her infirmities interfered with that work. She also was a member of the Col. William Feeter Chapter, DAR. Her interest in politics never waned. She felt it her duty to go to the poles and vote as long as she was able, and she did that to the end, having voted in the general election last November.
The funeral was held Thursday, June 23 from her late home. The Rev. Clinton A. Moulton of the Universalist Church, officiated. Burial was made in Dolgeville cemetery.
Mrs. Emogene C. Bliss on 100th Birthday, Nov. 6, 1946