1852–1938
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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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