Blake, George S.
Age: 19, credited to Rockingham, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF
Service: enl 8/28/62, m/i 9/1/62, DRMMAJ, 11th VT INF, dis/dsb 1/9/63
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Birth: 08/16/1843, Rockingham, VT
Burial: Immanuel Cemetery, Bellows Falls, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Carolyn Adams
Findagrave Memorial #: 95643296
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 1/22/1906, VT; widow Elizxabeth S., 9/11/1908, VT
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)
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Immanuel Cemetery, Bellows Falls, VT
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George S. Blake
St. Albans Daily Messenger
May 15, 1916
George S. Blake
George S. Blake of Windsor, a member of the hardware firm of Stone, Pogton, & Blake, and village trustee, died Tuesday afternoon of Bright's disease. Mr. Blake was a 23rd degree Mason and was a veteran of the Civil War, having been a drum major in the eleventh Vermont volunteer infantry. He was an old railroad man, having been an engineer on the Connecticut River railroad for many years. He is survived by his wife and one son, G.E. Blake, of Bellows Falls.
Contributed by Tom Boudreau
The Vermont Journal, May 19, 1906
The death at his home, Monday afternoon of George S. Blake removes one of the best and most widely known men of the place. He had been confined to the house but a comparatively short time, although he had been in failing health for many months. He was born in Bellows Falls, August 16, 1843, a son of the late Seth M., and Martha Blake, and was educated in the public schools of his native town. When but sixteen years of age he entered upon a successful career in railroading, which extended over a period of forty-five years, and was interrupted only by time spent in the army during the civil war, as a drummer boy and drum-major of the 11th Vt., Vols. He came to Windsor in 1881, when the Boston & Maine took control of the Connecticut Rive road and its lines, and was held as one of its most reliable and trustworthy passenger engineers, until his voluntary retirement from service in February, 1904. Previous to that time he had served as fireman and engineer on the old Hartford, Fitchburg, Rutland and other roads.
After retiring from railroad work, Mr. Blake became a member of the firm of Stone, Payson & Blake, with which he was connected until the time of his death. He was a man to bear responsibilities with marked ability and fidelity, and served several years as a member of the board of village trustees, of the board of water commissioners and as superintendent of the water works. He was fully possessed of the courage of his convictions, and forceful in expression of them, did occasion require, yet ever thoughtful of the demands upon him in whatever capacity he was called to serve. Of the strictest integrity, he was most highly respected and esteemed by all with whom he was brought in contact.
He was the last surviving charter member of Division 106, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers of Bellows Falls, and by his own efforts retained the charter of that body during the years that threatened the existence of the greater organization of which it is a branch. He was one of the oldest and most honored members of the E. H. Stoughton Post, G.A.R., of Bellows Falls. He had attained to distinction in the Masonic fraternity, to which he was devotedly attached, being a member of all the local bodies and of Vermont Consistory 32o, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, of Burlington. He was a Past Master of Vermont Lodge, No. 18, F. & A. M., Past Patron of Ascutney Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, and at the time of his death was the second officer in line of Vermont Commandery, No. 4, K. T.
He was married, April 10, 1886 to Miss Lizzie S. Harvey of Keene, N. H., by whom, and by one son, G. Ernest Blake of Bellows Falls, he is survived. Other members of his family still living include four brothers and a sister, living in Bellows Falls, and a brother, whose home is in Michigan.
Funeral services were held at his late home, Wednesday afternoon, Rev. E. N. Goddard of Montpelier, officiating. Places of business were closed during the time, and many of the business men attended the funeral in a body. Some forty of his associates in railroad life were also present, and from their numbers were selected the bearers, Charles Galleher, John Brennan, M. L. Harris, Will A. Davis, George W. Sawyer and J. A. Tuttle. Among others present were G. L. R. French, assistant superintendent of this division of the B. & M. road, and C. S. Hall of Springfield, Mass., master mechanic. Many magnificent floral tributes further attested to the affection and esteem in which the deceased was held.
After the service at the house, the body was taken in charge by Vermont Lodge, No. 18, and the long procession was escorted By Vermont Commandery, No. 4, K. T. to the station, where the funeral party, accompanied by delegations of the lodge and commandery and others, took a special car for Bellows Falls, where interment was had with Masonic honors, conducted in a most impressive manner by Past Master Luther C. Parkhurst of Vermont Lodge, with the assistance of the Masonic lodge there and Holy Cross Commandery. (K. T.)
Contributed by Cathy Hoyt.