My Present Past
A genealogical experience
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At the time of his visit to the Engel's residence in
1884, David Bliss was the mayor of Argentine, only
the second person to serve at this position.
He was appointed as the Postmaster of Argentine,
Kansas from 1882-1884, including a second term
from 1889 to 1893. He also served as the City
Treasurer for a number of years.
1886 Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers
Volume #1 Page 408
1886 Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers
Volume #2 Page 718
1850 Census David G. Bliss
Eastern District, Grant County, Wisconsin
1860 Census David G. Bliss
Kickapoo, Bad Ax County, Wisconsin
Pension application for
service in the US Army
between 1861 and 1900,
grouped according to the
units in which the
veterans served.
1870 Census David G. Bliss Boscobal, Grant County, Wisconsin

1885 Census David G. Bliss Argentine, Wyandotte County, Kansas
Mary Olive Orcutt Bliss was born on January 26, 1853 to Ransom and Mary Orcutt in
Franklin, Hancock County, Maine.
She was married to David G. Bliss when they arrived in Argentine, Kansas in 1882.
1926 Program               Tirzah #85 O.E.S
The Ideal Guest Book
Sadie Engel 1885
Mary Bliss Argentine, Kansas 1884
More things are wrought by prayer than this
world dreams of

"What are men better than sheep or goats -

That nourish a blind life within the brain,

If knowing God, they left not hands of prayer
both for themselves.

And those who call them friends

Mary O. Bliss
Mary O. Bliss was the first Matron for the Tirzah Chapter #85 O.E.S
in 1890 and a first member of the Hawthorne Club in 1905

After the death of her husband, David Bliss, Mary remained in Argentine,
Kansas until 1917, with her two daughters, Helen and Mary.
Argentine, Kansas
David G. Bliss was born in Bradford, McKean County, Pennsylvania to
Albert and Sylva Bliss on November 29th, 1840.  

During the Civil War he served on the Union side with the
Wisconsin Third Infantry,
Company "F" and also with the
Wisconsin Forty Second Infantry, Company "I".

He married Elizabeth Cushman, born March 24, 1846 and they had two children,
Edith G. and John G.
Elizabeth died on
November 21, 1875 in Boscobel, Grant County, Wisconsin.

David became acquainted with August Meyer in Colorado in the late 1870's, when
Meyer was involved in the mining business in Leadville. While in Colorado, his two
children resided at his parents house in

David G. Bliss and his second wife, Mary Olive (Orcutt) Bliss came to
Argentine, Kansas in 1882. Mr. Bliss owned and operated one of the first dry goods
stores in Argentine at the corner of 22nd and Metropolitan Avenue. He and Mary had
three children while living in Argentine.

David G. Bliss died on February 23rd, 1893 in Argentine, Kansas and is buried in
Oak Grove Cemetery in  Kansas City, Kansas.
In the following pages you will meet the friends, relatives and acquaintances of Edward and Sadie Engel, who
were living in or visited Argentine, Kansas from 1883 to 1938. Most of the images are from Sadie and Edward's
guest books or other material from their collection.