Lydia Hooper BLACKLER
- Born: 5 Feb 1835
- Christened: 11 Oct 1835, Marblehead, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
- Died: 2 Oct 1917, Olympia, Washington, USA aged 82
Extract from "Vital Records of Marblehead, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849: Vol. I -- Births" (1903)
Lydia Hooper Blackler, daughter of Francis and Mary, baptized October 11, 1835.
Extract from "The Sunday Oregonian" (Portland, Oregon) dated 7 October 1917
Former Oregonian Dies.
Pioneer Woman Spent Last Years in Olympia.
Olympia, Wash., Oct. 6: Miss Lydia Hooper Blackler, who died here Tuesday, was a pioneer of Oregon, coming to Oregon City in 1857 to make her home with her brother-in-law and sister, Dr. and Mrs Alden Hatch Steele. She was born in Marblehead, Mass., February 1835, a granddaughter of Captain William Blackler, of Revolutionary fame. She taught in Spenser Hall, Milwauke, and later in St. Helen's Hall for 13 years with the Misses Rodney. Giving up her school work in 1878, she visited relatives in Europe for several years and upon her return accepted a call to Mills College, California, where she taught until called home by sickness in her immediate family.
With the exception of another two years in Italy, she had made her home in Olympia since 1869.
Always a Congregationalist, she had been an active worker in church affairs. Of wonderful mind, cultured, and refined, she was truly a gentlewoman of the old school.
She leaves one niece in Olympia, Mrs Fanny Steele O'Brien, and a grandniece, Mrs G. A. Aetzel; a sister in Rome, Italy; a nephew and two nieces in Atens, and a nephew and several nieces in Smyrna, Turkey.