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Blake, Alson H.

Age: 21, credited to Milton, VT
Unit(s): 9th VT INF
Service: enl 5/29/62, m/i 7/9/62, CPL, Co. F, 9th VT INF, pow, Newport Barracks, 2/2/64, prld4/28/65, m/o 5/23/65

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Birth: 10/14/1840, Milton, VT
Death: 05/02/1921

Burial: Oakland Cemetery, Manchester, IA
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Barb W./Findagrave #47902039
Findagrave Memorial #: 129877029
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: Findagrave
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None

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Alson H. Blake, dry goods merchant of Manchester, passed away on Monday morning, May 2nd, 1921, following an illness of three days. Funeral services are being held at the old home this afternoon at 2:30 with Rev. H. L. Goughnour, pastor of the First Congregational Church in charge. Interment will be in Oakland cemetery.

Mr. Blake was born in West Milton, Vermont, October 14, 1840. His early life was spent on the old farm in Vermont. As a young man he enlisted in Company F., 9th Vermont Infantry. Few men in the Union Army suffered greater hardships than did Mr. Blake. He was captured by the Confederated on February 2, 1864, at New Port, S. C., and for fifteen months he was a prisoner. Eleven of the fifteen months were spent in Andersonville prison, and only a very small percent of the men ever lived to see the end of the war, many dying from the horrible treatment given them.

On September 21st, 1865 Mr. Blake was united in marriage with Miss Frankie Granger, who was also a native of Milton, Vermont. In 1867 Mr. Blake came to Iowa, locating at Volga City, where he engaged in the mercantile trade. In 1875 he came to Manchester, and engaged in the commission business, buying and shipping poultry, eggs and butter. Mr Blake shipped four carloads of butter in ten days in June 1877, and in August and September of the same year shipped 50, 000 dozen eggs to the New York market. After some years of successful commission business, Mr. Blake and Charles Amsden engaged in the banking business, under the firm name of Blake and Amsden. Later he formed a partnership with his son, William C. Blake, and the firm, for some time, conducted a grocery business here, and in 1895, the dry good store, which have all these years born the name Blake and Son, was founded.

Mr. Blake was one of the organizers of the First National bank of Manchester, and has been a member of the Board of Directors since its organization. For many years he has been vice president of the bank. Not only was he a capable business man, but also took his part in the activities of the community at large. He served with credit on the city council, and for some years was an honored and beloved member of the Grand Army of the Republic. For years he served on the Board of Trustees of the First Congregational Church of this city, and was a liberal supporter of all worthy objects.

Mr. Blake is survived by his son. W. C. Blake of this city, and two granddaughters, Mrs. George Haverman and Mrs. J. W. Tolmie of Cedar Rapids. At the passing of Mr. Blake this community loses one of its most upright and honored citizens. He was loved by young and old, and his dealings with men he exemplified the precepts of the Golden Rule. In the home he was kind and considerate, and was singularly devoted to his companion, with whom he traveled life's pathway for more than fifty-five years. Friends and loved ones find consolation in the thought that Mr. Blake, and his wife, are again united in the land where there will be no more parting.

Manchester (IA) Democrat, May 4, 1921
Courtesy of Deanna French