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Blake Family (Charles A. and Ambrose B.) Collection

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2018-090

Content Description

The collection consists of various items relating to Charles A. Blake, his son Ambrose B. Blake and the Blake Family. Included are photocopies, scans and a few original items. Charles A. Blake was born August 20, 1854 at Port Washington (WI) the son of Barnum and Christine Blake. He graduated from various colleges and a partner in the People’s Bank of Chicago. He came to Dakota Territory in 1882, locating in the town of Wessington (S.D.) working in the real estate business. Charles married Minnie M. Barnes on December 16, 1884 and they had four children George B., Ambrose B. Elmer and Marian. In 1890 he purchased the Wessington Times and was a member of the South Dakota Press Association. In 1898 he was appointed by President McKinley to be the Register of the United States Land Office in Huron (S.D.). He was a member of the Republican Party as well as a Freemason and Elk. In 1890 he purchased the Wessington Times and was a member of the South Dakota Press Association. He died on Huron on May 16, 1916. Ambrose B. Blake was the son of Charles and Minnie Blake, born on May 20, 1887 near Wessington (S.D.). In 1898 the family moved to Huron were graduated from school and also attended Huron College. He attended the University of Wisconsin and graduated in 1908 with a degree in Economics and Political Science. He later did post-graduate work at the University in journalism. He returned to Huron and worked in the life insurance business. In 1912, he was secretary for the “LaFollette for President” movement and was a delegate to the Republican State Convention that year. He was elected as a State Representative for Beadle County and served in 1913, 1915 and 1917. He was nominated to the State Senate seat but soon enlisted in the army during World War I. After the war, he served as secretary of the Senate in the 1919 to 1925 sessions. In 1925, he was appointed by President Calvin Coolidge as Postmaster at Huron, holding the position until 1933. Ambrose was active and a member of various civic affairs and organizations while in Huron. Ambrose married Martha Fardig in 1922 having two children Harlan and Martha. Ambrose died July 1, 1963. For the most part, the photocopies and the scanned items correspond with each other. They include writeups or news clippings on either Charles or Ambrose, letters, photographs, certificates and other items. The donated original items include two sample ballots one from Beadle County from November 3, 1914 and an undated sample ballot for the Republican Party which dates to either 1916 or 1918. Also included are images of the “broken column” at the former Robinson Museum in Pierre, Elk materials concerning Charles Blake and various invitations to family members for state events. The digital items were run through the State Archives digital preservation program.

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  • Event: ca. 1880s-1940s


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