1852–1938
portrait

January 21, 1852, London, Ohio (some sources say on an Ohio River steamboat).

December 4, 1938, at his home in Ron­cev­erte, West Vir­gin­ia.

Riverview Cemetery, Ron­ce­verte, West Vir­gin­ia.

Blake was the son of Bur­dine Blake, Jr., and Ma­ry El­len Mur­ray, and husband of Al­ice Mary Horne.

Blake settled near Day­ton, Vir­gin­ia, in the early 1870s, and worked with the Rue­bush-Kief­fer music publishers there.

In 1889, Blake moved to Ron­ce­verte, West Vir­gin­ia, and partnered with J. W. Hess in publishing the Ron­ce­verte News. Around 1891, he 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.

Sons Will­iam B. Jr. and Ed­ward L., and grandson Nor­man B., followed Blake in this newspaper endeavor.

Blake’s works include:

  1. Room at the Cross
  1. When the Battle’s Over

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