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Prescott Bloom

Birth:  1942, USA
Death:  Jan. 12, 1986
Peoria County
Illinois, USA

Illinois State Senator Prescott E Bloom died in a house fire along with his 4 year old daughter Jennifer. They were buried together in the same casket. I believe Senator Bloom died while trying to save his daughter. He used to attend our block parties when I was growing up. Services were held at Wilton Mortuary in Peoria. Burial in Springdale Mausoleum. 
Family links: 
  Elmer Jacques Bloom (1892 - 1977)
  Mariesta Howland Bloom (1905 - 1962)
  Jennifer Bloom (1982 - 1986)*
*Calculated relationship
Springdale Cemetery and Mausoleum
Peoria County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Huffman, Ervin Wesley Jr...
Record added: Aug 05, 2005

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10/11/13 11:24 PM #1    

Tom Stites

Peb and I got to be friends as freshmnen in Sage B.  So shortly after I moved to Chicago in 1985 I got in touch with him and we had lunch.  Somehow he'd been elected and re-elected as a state senator despite his over-the-top ways, and I remember almost falling on the floor laughing when he referred to Illinois's then-governor, a very large Republican named James Thompson, as Jumbo.

I was at work at The Tribune the afternoon the horrible news came of Peb's death in a fire at his house.  What a loss, to the people of Illinois, who he served with devotion; to our class, and to all people with senses of humor.

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