Clay County


Frank M. Blessing, featured this week on the left with his son, John Leonard, on the right, was born in Clay City, April 1, 1882, and is the only surviving son of the late Leonard Blessing, a pioneer merchant of Clay City.

Frank, after completing the school course in Clay City took a business course in the Barnes Business College in Flora. His business pursuits in life began when he entered into the truss hoop business, later that of making barrels. After disposing of these businesses and the town putting in an electric light plant he entered in the electric supply and wiring business which he followed until Clay City had her first picture show and he was the promoter of that, then called the Nickelodeon, which he disposed of later and entered into the garage business in 1912, also establishing the first automobile agency in Clay City, selling the Ford automobile which he handled for a year or so, changing to the Dodge and for the past several year he has had the Buick agency and service.

In connection with the Buick agency Mr. Blessing is conducting a garage, offering service in every way to the auto owner including storage. Besides, he has the agency for the famous Goodyear tires, General Electric Frigidaire, and the Kolster radio. His business is located on the corner where his father did business for years, the building being rebuilt after the big fire in 1906 and is among the best in Clay City.

Frank has served several years as one of the village councilmen and is a member of the present board. He is a member of the Booster Club and a booster always.

Extracted 12 Jun 2017 by Norma Hass from 1930 Pictures and Biographical Sketches of the Business Men of Clay City, Illinois.

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