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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania


DR. STEPHEN L. BLACHLY, so remarkable for his medical qualifications, was born in Sparta, Washington County, Penn., December 11, 1815, and has spent all his professional life in the locality where his father so long wore the wreath of medical honor.  Having completed his preparatory education in Washington College, in his native county, he read medicine under the direction of his father, and afterwards entered Jefferson Medical College, at Philadelphia, from which he received his degree.  He was associated with his father in the practice of his profession until the death of the latter, in 1849, practiced alone until 1877, and since that time has associated with him his son, Dr. Oliver L. Blachly.  Dr. S. L. Blachly is one of the oldest practitioners in the county, and one of the oldest members of the Washington County Medical Society, of which he has been President at various times.  He is a member of the State Medical Society of Pennsylvania, of which he was elected first Vice-President in 1873, and by which he was appointed Censor for the eighth district in 1874, which position he has held by annual appointment ever since.  His intelligent discharge of his professional duties has secured for him the confidence of his neighbors and good will of his professional brethren.  He has been a member of the Upper Ten Mile Presbyterian Church for over forty years, and has been an elder for twenty-five years.  Dr. Blachly was married, January 9, 1840, to Sarah, daughter of Benjamin Lindley, a descendant of Francis Lindley who came with his Puritan brethren from Holland in the Mayflower.  By this marriage there were five children, two of whom died in infancy.  Those living are—Mary Minerva, wife of Stephen Day, a merchant n Sparta, Penn.; Dr. Oliver L. and Henry Spencer, a druggist of Waynesburg, who was born in Washington County, Penn., July 7, 1850.  There he was reared and attended school, and subsequently attended Waynesburg College.  When in the senior year of his college studies he abandoned his study and embarked in the drug business, in 1870, in Waynesburg, where he is on of the leading business men.  He was united in marriage, in 1885, with Helena, daughter of Samuel Melvin (deceased), and they have one child, Stephen S. Blachly.


Page 650-651
History of Greene County, Pennsylvania
Samuel P. Bates
Nelson, Rishforth & Co., Chicago. 1888

Transcribed by Annette Bame Peebles
The Greene County, Pennsylvania Biographies Project –
Date of Transcription: 04 November 2008
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