Bert Blair, proprietor of a saloon at 16 North Whiteman street, Xenia, was born at New Burlington on March 9, 1873, a son of Joseph and Josephine (Smith) Blair, both of whom also were born in Ohio, the latter in Greene county and the former in the neighboring county of Montgomery and who were married in Greene county. Joseph Blair was born on January 19, 1844, and his wife was born on February 22, 1845. She was one of the nine children born to her parents, the others being Wesley, deceased; Louis, a former member of the board of county commissioners of Greene county, who died while serving in that office; Joseph, who is living at New Burlington; Mrs. John Hohand, deceased; Mrs. Arabella Calvin, deceased; Catherine, who is living in Indianapolis; Mrs. Alice Peterson, of Dayton, and Nancy, of New Burlington. Joseph Blair had two brothers and one sister, namely: John, deceased; William, of New Burlington, and Mrs. Arabella Reeves, of New Burlington. The parents of these children were natives of Pennsylvania, of Scotch-Irish stock. To Joseph Blair and wife were bom seven children, those besides the subject of this sketch being James, a widower, who has two sons, Everett and Elmer; Alva, who is married and has two children, Herman and Helen; Frank, of Xenia; Charles, of New Burlington; Lena, who married Berry Kelch and now lives in Chicago, and Dena, deceased.


Reared at New Burlington, Bert Blair received his schooling in the schools of that village and became employed in a blacksmith shop there. Upon completing his trade he started out as a journeyman blacksmith, has travels taking him into every state of the Union. About 1902 he returned to Ohio and after a couple of years spent at Xenia again went West, remaining away for about seven years, or until 1911, when he again returned to Xenia and there became engaged in the blacksmith business in association with Nels Beal and so continued until in April, 1915, when he opened his present place of business in Xenia.


On September 27, 1917, Bert Blair was united in marriage to Theresa Brennan, who was born in Xenia. He is a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, of the Improved Order of Red Men and of the Loyal Order of Moose. His father's people were Quakers and his mother's people were adherents of the Methodist Episcopal church.

 

From History of Greene County Ohio, Its People, Industries and Institutions, vol. 2. M.A.Broadstone, editor. B.F.Bowen & Co., Indianapolis. 1918