Benjamin Bly was my paternal grandfather, who was born in Moberly, Missouri and died in Kansas City, Missouri. He came from the farm in Moberly to the hustle and bustle of Kansas City when he was about 18 years old. He and his brother, Adolph, found work at the streetcar company; later, he apprenticed as an electrician, and practiced that trade until his retirement. At the time of his death, he was the oldest living member of the local electrician’s union. He met and married Mabel Vogan in 1914; they had two sons, Norman and Kenneth. In 1926, Mabel tragically died of pneumonia within a week of falling ill. Ben remarried in 1928 to Fay Jane Kelso of Higbee, Missouri.
Ben’s retirement years were full of activity, including working for the Kansas City Athletics as an usher, fishing, playing pinochle, and serving as the neighborhood handyman. He is buried at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Kansas City.