Blake, George H.
Age: 26, credited to Sutton, VTVITALS
Birth: 04/27/1836, Sutton, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
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DEATH OF GEORGE H. BLAKE
Geo. H. Blake, the senior editor of this paper, died at his home in this village last Saturday afternoon. His death was caused by heart failure, the trouble being aggravated by other causes. Mr. Blake's health commenced to fall the fall of ‘96, and during the following winter, he failed slowly until summer, when he was obliged to give up work. A ten weeks stay at the seashore benefited his health so that he has been in a more comfortable condition since that time. He was out the day before his death and was not thought to be worse than usual.
THE FOLLOWING SKETCH OF HIS LIFE WAS WRITTEN BY J. H. WALBRIDGE FOR THE CENTENNIAL EDITION OF THIS PAPER:
The subject of this sketch was born in Sutton, April 27, 1836. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Blake. Mr. Blake has had a busy life. His father went to California when he was but fourteen years of age, and as a boy the responsibility of helping care for a family fell to his lot. For three years he worked hard with his mother to care for the family. On the return of his father, who had been fairly successful in his gold hunting, the boy learned the millwright trade, at which he worked for some years, picking up his education in select schools, and Newbury Academy, Orleans Liberal Institute, and elsewhere. He began to teach when he was 17 years old, teaching winters, with an occasional term in select schools. at Hardwick Academy, etc. Having practically obtained a college fit, he was about to enter college when the war broke out, and he gave up his college for a place in one of the Volunteer regiments.
Enlisting in Co. G. 15th Regt. Vt. Volunteers, chosen a first lieutenant, he was soon promoted to a Captaincy and made an honored record. He served with Lieut. Col. W. W. Grout and Col. Redfield Proctor.
After returning from the war he came to Barton, where he spent about a year in the law office of Gen. W. W. Grout, afterward entering a lumbering business partnership with the Orleans and Caledonia Steam Mil. Co. in Sutton. His health failing, he came to Barton, accepting the editorship of the MONITOR, for which he has published for the twenty years past. He has been very kindly used by the people of the towns where he has resided. He was school superintendent in Sutton, and chosen town representative, while temporarily residing in Sutton. In 1872, at his return to Barton, he was made representative in 1876. In 1886 he was chosen County Senator from Orleans County. He has held offices in the town and village for many years. Mr. Blake has been among those village citizens who have done much in the last twenty years toward the various enterprises which have added to the credit and prosperity of the village.
Mr. Blake married Francis Burnham of Woodbury, June 19, 1866, and they have one daughter, Mrs. Mary P. Jacobs, born June 17, 1876. His only brother, Albert B. Blake, is a pastor in good standing, in the Methodist Church; his sisters are Mrs. Henry F. Pillsbury and And Mrs. A. J. Jewett of Barton.
Orleans County Monitor, February 28, 1898
Courtesy of Deanna French.