Fred Blake, Jr., who is manager of the Pioneer market and as such is welt known in the business circles of Hastings,
belongs to that class of enterprising, progressive men whose close application and energy are the salient features
of their growing success. He was born in Oxford, England, on the 18th of April, 1870, and is a son of Fred and
Emily (Jones) Blake. The family came direct from England in 1874, settling at Hastings, where the father established
a meat market, which is today the oldest market in years of continuous existence in the state. The company conducts
both a wholesale and retail business and operates its own slaughterhouse and ice plant. They have utilized the
most modern machinery to carry on the work and prepare and care for their meats and their shipping facilities are
augmented by a private railroad switch which extends to their plant. The father is today numbered among the oldest
business men of Nebraska and throughout all the years he has borne an enviable reputation for enterprise and diligence
in his chosen line.
Fred Blake, Jr., spent his youthful days under the parental roof and acquired a public school education in Hastings,
where practically his entire life has been passed. He was trained to the business in which he is now engaged and
which has claimed his attention throughout the entire period of his connection with commercial interests. As his
ability and experience developed he was intrusted more and more largely with the control of the plant and is now
manager, thus having direct supervision over the labors of ten employes. The business is one of the important enterprises
of its kind in the city and the life record of Mr. Blake has been one of continuous activity, in which has been
accorded due recognition of labor, so that he is today numbered among the substantial citizens of Adams county.
On the 12th of September, 1905, occurred the marriage of Mr. Blake and Miss Elizabeth Colby, a daughter of George
W. and Addie Colby. They have two children, Mary Jane and Adeline. The religious faith of the family is that of
the Methodist church, to which they generously contribute and to the teachings of which they loyally adhere. Mr.
Blake is a socialist in his political views and fraternally is connected with the Knights of Pythias and the Eagles.
His has been an active and useful life crowned with a substantial measure of success and he is now not only one
of the owners of the Pioneer meat market but is also the owner of farm lands in the state and is greatly interested
in the development of city and state, never faltering in his allegiance to those interests which have constituted
directly resultant factors in public progress and improvement.
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Adams County, NE
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