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was born in Bavaria, May 9, 1838, and at the
age of thirteen came with his parents to the
United States, settling in Boston. Not long
afterwards he became interested in the meat
and provision business, first as driver of a de-
livery wagon. When the Bleiler business
was located at the corner of Tremont and
Vernon streets, he became proprietor and
succeeded well. In 1862 he purchased a lot
of land on which he began to make improve-
ments, and from time to time added to his
possessions, until he owns a valuable block
of business and residential houses, all free
and clear from any incumbrance. He also
owns a pleasant summer home and beach lot
at Hough's Neck Beach, near Boston. After
forty years of active industry he retired and
now spends a quiet life, giving himself the
pleasure of reading, and keeping well inform-
ed on the current subjects of the day. He
has been an active Republican, prominent in
his ward. For five successive years (1897-
98-99, 1900-01) he was elected to the house
of representatives, and during that time
worked hard in the interests of his constitu-
ents. He served on many important com-
mittees, including printing and mercantile af-
fairs, and the committee on liquor laws, of
which he was the chairman. He was a unique
character in the legislature, and his ready wit
and flow of oratory made him very popular
in debate, and the galleries were always
crowded to hear him. With his extremely-
fluent, well-expressed sentences, was an ad-
mixture of his German accent which added
not a little to the attractiveness of his speech.
Always looking sharply about him for ma-
terial for his argument, he held the attention
of his audience closely, and his unimpeach-
able honesty and strong argument drove his
well-taken points home. His efforts in the
legislature were very fruitful, and no bill that
he advocated failed to pass. He was locally
known as "the old war-horse," "Uncle Tohn,"
and "Honest John Bleiler." He was fre-
quently called upon by people of all classes
to settle disputes and misunderstandings and
adjust claims. In his political career it was
the pride of his friends that he never was
controlled by corporations or a political ma-
chine. Being a well-informed man and a con-
stant student of human nature, he is exceed-
ingly well equipped to cope with the many

difficult questions brought to him for settle-
ment. In his ambition to do everything well
and to make the most of his opportunities he
has carved out a career of which he may
well be proud. He was for twelve years a
member of the Boston Dragoons, part of
which time he was first lieutenant, and ex-
hibits with great pleasure a beautiful sword
and scabbard presented to him at a special
gathering. It is a pleasant memento of re-
spect, bearing this inscription: "Presented to^
First Lieutenant John Bleiler, by his friends
of Company B, Boston Dragoons, May 15,
1872." Mr. Bleiler has served in the local
military company for thirty-two years. He
is ex-president of the Roxbury Horse Guards
Veterans Association, mounting through the
various promotions from private to quarter-
master, and serving under thirteen captains.
He is a member of the Knights of Honor :
Pilgrim Fathers ; German Order of Haru-
gari ; Kossuth Lodge No. 24 ; Star of Jamaica
Plain, Veteran Firemen's Association ; and
the Boston Schwaben Verein.

He married, in Boston, January 29, i860,
Katherine Mangels, born in East Boston,
May 5. 1841. daughter of Christopher J. and
Katherine (Beeler) Mangels. Her father was
a native of Alstedt, county Leo, Holland,
and her mother of Strasburg, Germany. Her
mother was daughter of Joseph Beeler, who
was one of Napoleon's aides during much of
the military career of that great general, and
her brother now living in East Boston, was
identified prominently with the artillery dur-
ing- the civil war in this country, serving with
distinction and losing an arm as the result of
a gunshot wound at Pensacola, Florida, and
carrying several medals for bravery in ac-
tion. Her father and mother were married
in Boston, and Mr. Mangels was associated
with the sugar refining industry, where he
met with a serious accident which resulted in
his death at the age of thirty-six years: his
wife survived him a number of years, dying
in 1890: they had six children: i. Marv M.
.Mangels, married Albert Ostermeyer, and
died in New York City, in 1908: ii. John C.
Mangels, died when a young man ; iii. Kath-
erine Mangels, married John Bleiler. men-
tioned above ; iv. Franklin Mangels, a United
States marshal, and a member of the Signal
Service, is now a ranchman of El Paso. Tex-
as, and is married : v. Wilhelmina Mangels,
widow of Arnold Schupback. of Maiden ; vi.
Andrew Mangels, resides at East Boston, in
the employ of the Boston & Albany railroad




company ; married Elizabeth Starkweather
and has a son Andrew Mangels.

Children of John and Katherine Bleiler: 1.
Bertha A., born August 16, 1S66; educated
in the public schools, and lives at home. 2.
Caroline E., born October 11, 1868; mar-
ried William H. Huv. confidential clerk for a
firm of Boston brokers ; children : i. Hubert
Adolph William Huv, born October 1, 1894;
li. Vera Huv. May 15, 1897. 3. Albert,
born October 25, 1874: died February 3,
1906, unmarried. 4. Elizabeth A., married
George Haider, a Boston business man ;
children : i. Dorothy B. Haider, born in Bos-
ton, March 25, 1903 ; ii. George W. Haider,
June 11. 1908. 5. William H.. born in Bos-
ton, June 21, 1879; inspector for New Eng-
land Telegraph and Telephone Company ;
unmarried, and lives at home. The other
seven children died in infancy.

(Ill) Frederick, son of Frederick Jacob
Bleiler, was born in Germany, July 18. 1840,
and came when a boy of ten with his parents
to America. He attended the public schools
of this country, and before he was of age had
acquired a good education and a very thor-
ough knowledge of the butcher's trade.
From his early youth his ambition was to
become a successful man, and so well did he
succeed that he is now one of the wealthiest
German citizens of Boston. He conducted
an extensive business in meats and pro-
visions in Boston, and invested largely in
real estate to good advantage. Tn early
manhood he was a member of the Boston
Light Dragoons, of which he was for some
time a sergeant. In politics he took an ac-
tive part, and was the first citizen of German
birth to be elected to a city office, from his
ward, being elected a member of the city
council in 1872-73. For some years he was a
member of Ward Nineteen Republican com-
mittee, and was an active worker for his
party until he retired a few years ago. Late
in life he joined the Democratic partv on ac-
count of political intrigue in local politics.
Besides his larges estates in Boston he owns
a beautiful farm of nineteen acres in Water-
town, which is operated now as a gardening
farm. He is a member of the Boston Mar-
ket Gardeners' Association and the Retail
Grocers' Association of Boston.

He married, September 2, 1863, Rosa J.
Grabert. born in Schorndorf county, in the
village of Schnide, Wurtemburg, Germany,
May 17. 1843. She came to this country in
1857 with her mother, to join her father,

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who had come in 1852 and settled in Boston,
where they have since made their home. She
was daughter of Gottleib and Christina
(Hammer) Grabert, of old Wurtemburg
stock. Her father had been a baker in Ger-
man}-, but after coming to Boston, became a
currier. He was born in 1817, and died in
Boston in 1864. Her mother was born in
1816 and died in 1858. They had children: i.
Christina Grabert, born December 22, 1841 ;
unmarried, ii. Rosa Grabert, married Fred-
erick Bleiler, mentioned above ; iii. John
Grabert, born January 2j, 1845, a caterer by
profession, married Mary Yetto, and resides
in Roxbury, with the following children:
John, Alice, William, Henry and Emma
Grabert : iv. Jacob Grabert, engaged as man-
ager of large rubber works at Bristol, Rhode
Island; married Katherine Evers, now de-
ceased, and had Ellam, Mary, Henry, John,
Herman, Fred, Rosa, and Lelia Grabert ; v.
Gottleib Grabert, a confectioner, married
Emma Krautwurst. and had Roscoe and
Walter Grabert. the latter deceased; vi.
Henry Grabert, a provision dealer who went
to Arkansas and settled, married Jennie
Crowell, and had Clottie, Alphonso, Clar-
ence, Mabel and Florence Grabert. Mr.
Bleiler is a German Catholic in religion, and
his wife is of the Lutheran faith. He is an
active member of the Boston German So-
ciety, the German Aid Society, and other
local social orders. Children: 1. Frederick
C, born December 11, 1864; merchant of
.Roxbury, and member of the city council in
1892, unmarried. 2. Walter J., born Decem-
ber 7, 1867; is in the crushed stone business
with his father ; married Wilhelmina Tick-
haut, and lives in Roxbury; children: i, Wal-
ter and Henry. 3. Lydia, born June 10, 1870;
educated in the public schools, and is a busi-
ness college graduate ; unmarried. 4. Henry,
burn June 6, 1872; unmarried; resides at
home, and assists his father in business. 5.
Frank, born July 24, 1874 ; is a merchant in
company with his brother ; unmarried, and
lives at home. 6. Amelia, born October 27,
1877; married Henry Keller and resides in
Roxbury. 7. Julius, born January 29, 1880;
is associated with his father in business: un-
married, and lives at home. 8. Joseph, born
May 7, 1883 ; lives at home.

(Ill) Charles, son of Frederick Jacob
Bleiler, was born in Rhein-Bavaria, March 7,
1845, an d at the age of seven came with his
parents to the United States. He was edu-
cated in the Boston public schools, and at the



early age of fifteen entered the meat and pro-
vision business on his own account, being the
youngest business man in Boston at the time.
In 1861, when the call for troops came for
the defense of the Union, Mr. Bleiler was
anxious to serve his adopted country, and en-
listed in the First Massachusetts Volunteer
Cavalry Regiment, responding to the first
call for three years men. He enlisted under
Captain Leonard, Colonel Robert E. Wil-
liams. The regiment was ordered to the
front in December, 1861, stopping at An-
napolis until February. 1862, when it moved
to Port Royal, South Carolina, doing active
service, and a little later joined the Army of
the Potomac, going to Alexandria, Virginia.
in the fall of 1862. "From that *time the regi-
ment was with the Army of the Potomac un-
til mustered out of service, after many en-
gagements. At Poolsville, Private Bleiler
was with a small detachment sent out to
meet the vanguard of Lee's army, and the
little force was driven back with severe loss
to their number. He afterwards fought un-
der McClellan in the battles of South Moun-
tain ; Antietam ; Fredericksburg ; Rapidan
Station, April 30, 1863; Chancellorsville ;
Sulphur Springs ; Gettysburg ; Culpeper, and
again at Sulphur Springs : Auburn, Virginia,
October 14, 1863; Mine Run; Welden Rail-
road; Lee's Mills; Williamsport ; Stony
Creek, December 1, 1864, and finally at Ap-
pomattox, having taken part in more than
forty different engagements and skirmishes.
Before he had served two years he was made
a corporal of his company, and July 11, 1864,
was commissioned sergeant. After two years
and six months of service he was honorably
discharged, but reenlisted February 23, 1864,
and was again honorably discharged July 26,
1865. when the troops were disbanded at the
close of the war. He then held the rank of
quartermaster-sergeant. Later he was of-
fered a commission by Governor Andrew as
lieutenant of a company of colored troops
to make a scouting tour through the south,
but declined the commission. While in the
army he was frequently selected for detached
duty, and was in many hardfought battles
and skirmishes, having many narrow escapes,
but returned home unharmed, and resumed
business at Roxbury as a meat and pro-
vision dealer, continuing until his retirement
in 1899.

While he was in business he built up and
improved some splendid property in both the
residental and business sections of Roxbury,
has a pleasant summer home at Hough's

Neck, where he spends a part of the year.
He takes an active interest in local matters,
but is not especially interested in politics,
though he is identified as an independent Re-
publican. In 1880 he was one of the or-
ganizers of the exclusively German post of
the Grand Army of the Republic, known as
Frederick Hecke Post, No. 21, and was
elected junior vice-comander at its inception.
Two years later he was made senior vice-
commander, and the following year com-
mander. At this time he was presented with a
gold medal bearing the inscription: "Present-
ed to Charles Bleiler by the comrades of Fred-
erick Hecke Post, No. 21, G. A. R., June 8,
T885." He retired from active official duty in
connection with the post in 1907, but was pre-
vailed upon again to accept the command in
1908, and still holds the office. He is a mem-
ber of the Boston Pilgrim Fathers, John Win-
throp Colony, No. ifi.

He married, May 1. 1867, in Boston, Flor-
ence R. Abele. born near the Paul Revere
house, in the north part of Boston, October
ifi. 1846. died October 24, 1907, daughter of
Philip and Barbara (Elick) Abele. Her father
was born in Baden. Germany, and came to
Boston, where he was engaged in business as
a tradesman and died aged sixty years. Her
mother was born in Alsace-Loraine (then
France, now Germany ), and died aged eighty-
four. Their children were: i. Philipina
Abele, married William Einhorn, a copper-
smith, and is living, a widow, in Roxbury: ii.
Philip Abele, married Kate Mullen, and died
in middle life, and his widow lives in Boston;
iii. Josephine Abele, married Joseph Hantz,
and resides in Jamaica Plain ; iv. Louise
Abele. married William Jacobs, a retired mer-
chant, living on Perkins 'street, Jamaica Plain ;
v. Edward H. Abele. resides in Boston. Chil-
dren of Charles and Florence Bleiler: 1.
Frances M., born May 23, 1868 ; married Hen-
rv Kaisle. a machinist ; lives in Roxbury ; chil-
dren : Gertrude and Harry. 2. Charles W.,
born 1870; married Annie McFee, and lives
in Boston ; children : Reta. Saltie, George,
Walter C. and Hazel. 3. Francis M., born
1872; married Evangeline Fittz ; resides in
Boston ; children : Mildred and Grace. 4.
Albert A., unmarried, and lives at home. 5.
Edward O.. born August 9. 1886; married
Hannah Quinn, born in Roxbury. August 28,
1887; they reside with Mr. Bleiler: one son.
Edward Munroe, born February 19, 1906.
Two daughters named Lotta, and sons Frank
and Frederick, died youn^.



This family is of Welsh extrac-
ELLIS tion, and its members have been

widely dispersed throughout the
United States from the early colonial days.
It had various representatives in the patriot
army in the war for independence.

(I) The line at present under consideration
had for its American progenitor Bartholo-
mew Ellis, who came from Ireland, where his
ancestors settled in the early part of the
seventeenth century. He was captain of a
merchant vessel, died of ship fever on one
of his return voyages to New York and was
buried on Staten Island, New York harbor.
He married Mary Rosina Waterbury, Feb-
ruary 23, 1815. ' Children: 1. John Peter,
born in New York, July 20, 1817, died Sep-
tember 6, 1896; buried in Greenwood ceme-
tery, Brooklyn, New York. 2. Charles Bar-
tholomew, born June 28, 1819, died February
10, 1850; buried an Panama. 3. Mary Lydia,
born October 27, 1821, died September 13,
1885 ; buried in Greenwood cemetery ; mar-
ried George Z. Bartholf. 4. Theodore
Waterbury, born July 25, 1823, see forward.
5. Edwin, born June 25, 1825, died August
15, 1826; buried in New York. 6. Robert
Haskell, born June 10, 1827, died March 22,
1897 ; buried in Woodlawn cemetery, New

(II) Theodore Waterbury, fourth child
and third son of Captain Bartholomew and
Mary Rosina (Waterbury) Ellis, was born in
New York, July 25, 1823, died in Springfield,
Massachusetts, January 15, 1903. He was
an active business man, and for many years
had the management of the Glasgow Mills
at South Hadley Falls, Massachusetts. He
married Maria Louise Van Boskerck, a de-
scendant from Anneke Jans, famous as the
grantor of the lands now occupied by Trinity
Church, in New York City. Her line is as
follows: (!) John and Aneke Bogardus. (II)
Sybrant Brower Uldrich. (HI) Abraham
Brower, Elizabeth Ackerman. (IV) John
Brower. Rachel Van Brockel. (V) George
W. Van Boskerck, born in Hackensack, New
Jersey, November 17, 1764. (VI) Abraham
Van Boskerck. born in Hackensack, New
Jersey, May 19, 1794, died December 30,
1872, and Hannah Maria Pitman. (VII)
Maria L. Van Boskerck, married Theodore
W. Ellis.

(III) Ralph Waterbury, son of Theodore
Waterbury and Maria Louise (Van Bos-
kerck) Ellis, was born in South Hadley Falls,
Massachusetts, November 25, 1856. He at-

tended the public schools until he was fifteen
years of age. In 1871 the family removed to
Springfield, and he attended the high school
there, graduating in June, 1875, at the age
of eighteen, as valedictorian of his class. He
then entered Harvard College, from which
he was graduated Bachelor of Arts in 1879,
eleventh in a very large class. While in col-
lege he was prominent in indoor athletics,
taking the cup for horizontal bar work one
year. He was secretary of the Pi Eta fra-
ternity. He took a two years course in the
Harvard Law School, graduating in 1881,
then entered the law office of Hon. M. P.
Knowlton, of Springfield, and was admitted
to the bar of Hampden county, November
17, 1881. He at once entered upon the active
practice of his profession, with offices in
Springfield. (Jut of inclination and on ac-
count of other important business relations,
he gradually restricted his professional labors
to probate practice, examination of titles to
real estate, and conveyancing, and in the lat-
ter line has probably the largest clientele of
any single attorney in western Massachu-
setts. He is officially connected with vari-
ous corporations, being president of the John
Hancock and Agawam Bank (in liquidation) ;
director of the Springfield National Bank ;
trustee of the Five Cents Savings Bank ; di-
rector of the Holyoke Card and Paper Com-
pany; and of the United States Spring Bed
Company ; president of the Nepissiquit Lum-
ber Company of New Brunswick, Canada.
In politics he is a Republican, and served in
1893 as a member of the state legislature for
the Sixth Hampden district, and serving on
the insurance and public service committees.
He was for four years a member of the
Springfield common council, and also served
on the board of aldermen. In 1903 he was
mayor of Springfield, and conducted a most
successful administration. He is a member
of the First Congregational Church of
Springfield, and clerk of the First Parish.
He is treasurer of the Wesson Maternity
Hospital ; member and former president of
the Harvard Club ; and member of the Har-
vard Alumni Association, the Harvard Law
School Association, the Phi Beta Kappa fra-
ternity, the Saturday Night Club, the Nayas-
set Club, the Springfield Country Club, the
Connecticut Valley Congregational Club,
and the Connecticut Valley Historical So-
ciety. Mr. Ellis married, January 12, 1882,
Katharine Allyn Rice, born January 12, 1856,
daughter of George W. and Jane C. (Marsh)



Rice, of Springfield. Children: 1. Theodore
Waterbury, born September 2, 1887; gradu-
ate of Springfield high school. 1906, of Har-
vard, class of 19 10. 2. Ralph Waterbury,
born May 3, 1896.

Matthew James Van
VAN LEEUWEN Leeuwen, one of the
most successful and
best known nurserymen and landscape garden-
ers of this state, is a citizen of Farnklin, Mas-
sachusetts. He was born January 26, 1869,
in the village of Watergraafsmeer, Holland,
which at that time was famous for its Bo-
tanical School, "Lineaus", where his father
was employed as a practical instructor in ar-
bor culture. At the age of two his parents
moved to the city of Rotterdam to embark in
the business of florist and nurseryman on a
small scale on their own account, and it was
there that young Matthew J., in company with
his older brother Adrianus, now located at
Worcester, Massachusetts, at an early age at-
tended the common schools, making an envi-
able record as a pupil. At the age of twelve
years, having finished the studies of the com-
mon school, he entered upon a higher course
of education under the preceptorship of Pro-
fessor E. Johnson, taking in at the same time
an evening course for two years of drawing
and moulding at the Academy of Arts and
Technical Knowledge. When at fourteen
years of age, as is the custom in Holland, he
was to choose an occupation, he expressed the
desire to continue his studies with a view of
becoming a teacher, and consequently secured
a position as assistant teacher in one of the
public schools, which he filled with great cred-
it to himself.

The accounts of golden opportunities in a
new country induced him in the spring of
1888 to emigrate to America. Upon his ar-
rival here he settled in the little village of
Garfield, Bergen county, near Passaic, New
Jersey, where, with his knowledge of plants
and flowers and their culture, he soon secured
a position in a floral establishment, which gave
him an opportunity to acquire a ready ac-
quaintance with the English language, and also
fitted him to start out soon in his first success-
ful undertaking on his own account, the open-
ing up of a commodious flower store in one
of the principal buildings in the city of Pas-
saic, where he built up a good and profitable
trade as a florist, nurseryman and dealer in
seeds, which he disposed of in the spring of
1902 to engage in the real estate and insur-

ance business as a broker, and agent for the

Dundee Water Power and Land Company,
which offices he occupied a number of years,
while developing the eastern section of the city
on the unimproved land owned by the com-
pany. Gradually branching out and gaining
the public confidence of the cosmopolitan pop-
ulation of the town, buying and building on his
own behalf, with a remarkable amount of suc-
cess, he became largely instrumental in the de-
velopment of the easterly section of Passaic,
known as "Dundee", his popularity in that
section causing him to be styled "The mayor
of Dundee". While thus engaged, during the
summer of 1890, Mr. Win Leeuwen entered
upon the study of jurisprudence, taking a
course in law at the University Law School of
New York, where he made the acquaintance
of Anna Marie Downs, daughter of Michael
J. and Margaret L. (Joyce) Downs, to whom
he became engaged and was married March
20, 1897. Continuing in the real estate busi-
ness, he purchased at that time as a matter of
recreation in part, and partly to satisfy his
love for agriculture and things pertaining
thereto, the Post farm at "Two Bridges", Mor-
ris county, New Jersey, containing eighty
acres. Here much of his spare time was de-
voted toward tearing down and remodeling
buildings, and in experimenting in agricul-
ture and floriculture. The disastrous floods
of 1903, which swept the beautiful valley of
Passaic, became the undoing of this enterprise
and left Mr. Van Leeuwen a heavy loser in
real estate values in that section of the city of
Passaic, which he had labored to build up. i 'im-
posing of much of his holdings in improved
property during the summer of 1903 he
moved with his family in the spring following
to Franklin to take up his residence there, and
the management of the Continental Nurseries,,
in which he had acquired an interest, and
which then in its infancy needed a strong guid-
ing hand. In the spring of 1905, by purchase,
he secured the entire interest in these nur-
series, and with rapid strides started the de-
velopment of the grounds, the improvement of
the buildings, as well as the building up of
an extensive business. He has met with marked
success, adding to the acreage by the pur-
chase in the fall of 1907 of a ten acre plot lo-
cated on Oak street, where improvements are
to be made in the near future and which will
be in the main devoted to the culture of orna-
mental evergreens, and will form the an-
nex to the nurseries. Nineteen acres of the
home grounds are now under a high state of



cultivation and speak for the ability of Mr.
Van Leeuwen and the men under him as nur-

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