January 21, 1852, London, Ohio.

December 4, 1938.

Riverview Cemetery, Ronceverte, West Virginia.

Blake moved to near Dayton, Virginia, in the early 1870’s. There he worked with the Ruebush-Kieffer Company publishers until 1889, when he moved to Ronceverte, West Virginia. There he partnered with J. W. Hess in publishing the Ronceverte News. Around 1891, Blake bought Hess’ part of the newspaper and changed the name to the Valley Messenger and News. In December 1897, Blake formed The West Virginia News. He published both papers until 1901, when the Valley Messenger and News was consolidated into the latter paper. Blake’s works include:

  1. When the Battle’s Over