Biography of James E. Blake
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Blake, James E., son of James H. and Sarah Blake (nee Pitts), was born in Fall River, Mass., in 1826. His boyhood was spent in Dighton, where he received a common school education. Removing to New Bedford in 1840, he entered the employ of Dr. Silas Tompkins and Brother, at the same time continuing his education in a private school. In 1849 the brother withdrew from the firm, and Mr Blake was received into partnership with Dr. Tompkins, becoming sole proprietor after the death of Dr. Tompkins, in 1854. Mr. Blake is the oldest druggist in New Bedford. His business career covers a period of fifty eight years, and is one which challenges emulation. The store on the corner of North Second and Middle streets is an interesting landmark, and for many years has been distinguished by "the sign of the Good Samaritan." The establishment is one of the most extensive to be found in Bristol county, both in the wholesale and retail departments. As a citizen, Mr. Blake is highly esteemed and respected, and takes a lively interest in all public affairs. He is a member of Star in the East Lodge, F. & A. M., of De Molay Cornmandery. K T., of the Massachusetts State and American Pharmaceutical Associations, and of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. In 1860 he married Lois Akin Davis, daughter of Humphrey Davis, of Long Plain, Mass., and they have nine children living, viz., George A., who is associated in business with his father; Clara S.; Ralph V., a dentist in Boston; James Edwin, jr., who is employed by the drug house of Hall & Lyon, Waltham; Lois D., a stenographer; Herbert T., who is employed by the wholesale drug firm of Peter Van Schaack & Sons, of Chicago; Ada S., a kindergartner; and Robert P. and Emily S.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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