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Blaisdell, Edson George


Age: 0, credited to Bridport, VT
Unit(s): Civilian
Service: Clerk, QM Department, City Point

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Birth: 12/13/1846, Richford, VT
Death: 10/16/1923

Burial: Central Cemetery, Bridport, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 66141636


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not found
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: BCC 64, DC, UVM 71
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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Central Cemetery, Bridport, VT

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Blaisdell, Edson G., of Bridport, son of Josiah and Cleora (Munsill) Blaisdell, was born in Richford, Dec. 13, 1846. His grandfather was one of the original settlers of the place and his father, for several years, represented the town in the state Legislature.
He received his early training in the public schools of Richford and at the high school of Fairfax.
Graduating from the Commercial College at Burlington in 1864, he pursued his studies at the Dartmouth Medical School, and finally graduated, in 1871, from the medical department of the University of Vermont, as the valedictorian of his class. Clerk at quartermaster's department at City Point during the civil war, he afterward went to Texas, but in 1871 established himself as a physician at Bridport, where he has built up a lucrative practice.
A Republican in politics he has held several town offices, notably that of superintendent of schools; is a member of the Addison County Medical Society and of the Masonic order. For the past twelve years he has been the clerk of the Congregational Society of Bridport. Somewhat reserved and an opponent of all display in his manner of living he possesses the affection of all who come into intimate relation with him.
He was married in Bridport, June 17, 1874, to Mary E., daughter of Oliver and Sarah Eldredge. From this union two children are living: Cleora G., and Harry E.

Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part II, p. 33.


BRIDPORT  Edson G. Blaisdell

The community was saddened by the sudden death of Dr. Edson George Blaisdell, which occurred at six o'clock last Tuesday afternoon, following an injury which he received three hours earlier when he fell from a ladder, striking his head, which caused concussion of the brain and shock.

Dr. Blaisdell was born in Richford Dec. 12, 1846, the son of Josiah and Cleora (Munsell) Blaisdell, and was 76 years of age. He received his education from the public schools, the Fairfax institution, was one year at Dartmouth medical college and was graduated from the Medical college of U. V. M. Fifty-six years ago, while studying for his profession, he was engaged in teaching in the rural schools in Bridport, and chose Bridport for his field of work after receiving his diploma in 1871. June 17, 1874, he married Miss Mary E. Eldredge, second daughter of Oliver and Sarah (Pratt) Eldredge, who survives him. Three children were born to them, two daughters, Mrs. Cleora Gertrude Payne of this town; and Hattie May, who died Feb. 7, 1881, at the age of three years; and one son, Harry Edson, who died Dec. 24, 1905, and who was 24 years of age. He is also survived by two grandsons, Arthur Blaisdell Payne of Crown Point, N.Y., and Harold Charles Payne of this town; two nephews Bert B. Corliss of Omaha, Neb., and LeRoy Corliss of Minnesota; and four nieces, Mrs. Eva Blaisdell Bartlett of East Derry, N.H., Mrs. Dora Monson of Omaha, Neb., Mrs. Gertrude Blaisdell Chapman of New York city and Miss Beatrice Blaisdell of Boston, Mass.

Dr. Blaisdell was a gentleman of the old school, and in the homes he entered by call of his profession one instinctively felt that a friend, as well as a physician, had come. His church affiliations were Congregational and he had been a deacon of that church for the past 15 years. He was also clerk and treasurer of the Congregational society for 40 years, retiring in 1921. In 1908 he was chosen town representative to the General Assembly. In 1909 he was elected secretary and treasurer of the Champlain Telephone company, which office he held ever since. He was a member of the American Medical association and State and County Medical associations.

A prayer service was held from his late home Friday morning at 10:15 and the funeral service was held from the church at 11 o'clock, Rev. R. A. Burn conducting the services. A solo, "Welcome Home," was sung by Mrs. Burn. There was a very large attendance from this and surrounding towns. Morning Sun lodge, No. 5, F. And A. M., of which he was a member, attended in a body. There were many physicians of Addison county in attendance, among them were Dr. Mary Mixer Platt of Shoreham; Dr. Williamson, Dr. Briggs and Dr. Thompson of Bristol; Dr. Prentis and Dr. Sanborn of Middlebury. The bearers were brother physicians, Dr. Ross, Dr. Dorey, Dr. Eddy of Middlebury; Dr. Edmonds of Bristol, Dr. Phelps of Vergennes and Dr. Sharon of Shoreham. There was a profusion of beautiful flowers. Interment was in the family lot in the Village cemetery.

Source: Middlebury Record, October 25, 1923
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.