1860 Census David G. Bliss   Kickapoo, Bad Ax, Wisconsin
1870 Census David G. Bliss   Boscobal, Grant, Wisconsin
1885 Census David G. Bliss Argentine, Wyandotte, Kansas
Civil War Pension application for David G. Bliss
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 second mayor of Argentine, being
elected in
1883. He was appointed the Postmaster of Argentine, Kansas in 1884, including a second term from
1889 to 1893. His first daughter, Edith served as his assistant.
He also served as the City Treasurer starting in
1886.

His
first dry goods store was opened in 1881 with co-owner, Charles Barnett of Chicago.
It was located at 1304 W 9th Street (West Bottoms) Kansas City, Missouri.
That building at that location is still standing as of today in 2019

David was a member and Treasurer of the
Veritas Lodge #247 I.O.O.F. of Argentine, Kansas

He was also a member of the
Grand Army of the Republic Local #463 of Argentine, Kansas

D. G. Bliss was a member and officer of the original Cincinnatus Lodge, Knights of Pythias
of Argentine  which was formed on July 10, 1886
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
Mary Olive (Orcutt) Bliss was born on January 26, 1853 to Ransom and Mary (Woodworth) Orcutt in
Franklin, Hancock County, Maine.
1926 Program               Tirzah #85 O.E.S
Background:
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 Gardner Bliss was born in Bradford, McKean County, Pennsylvania to
Albert and Sylva (Parker) 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 Gardnier
Elizabeth Bliss 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
Wisconsin.

David married Mary Olive (Orcutt) Bliss on
June 12, 1883 in Olathe, Johnson County,
Kansas. Mr. Bliss owned and operated in 1882, one of the first
dry goods stores in
Argentine at the corner of 22nd and Metropolitan Avenue. David and Mary had five
children while living in Argentine,
Jennie May (1885), Hazel Louise (1887),
Mable (1889), Helen Lorena (1889) and Mary Olive (1890).

The unfortunate
accident of Hazel Louise Bliss

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.
1860 Census David G. Bliss   Kickapoo, Bad Ax, Wisconsin
1870 Census David G. Bliss   Boscobal, Grant, Wisconsin
1885 Census David G. Bliss Argentine, Wyandotte, Kansas
Civil War Pension application for David G. Bliss