Bio: Blake, James A. (1881)
Contact: Janet Schwarze

---Source: 1881 History of Northern Wisconsin, pg. 205.


JAMES A. BLAKE, filer Chippewa Lumber & Boom Company, Chippewa Falls, came to Wisconsin in 1865; located at La Crosse, where he was in business with Martin Jefferson for a year, and in the woods six months. Then went to the pineries on Black River for seven months, and was rafting on that river for a short time; went to Eau Claire in 1868; was employed two months in saw-mill; engaged building a dam on river near Alma, and rafting. Then went to Eau Claire in mills, sawing and filing for twelve years. Came to Chippewa Falls in May, 1881, and engaged in present capacity. Born in West Virginia, Oct. 5, 1845; enlisted in 1863, in 3d W. Va. C, and served until the close of the war, principally under Gen. Sheridan. Married at Eau Claire, July 4,1871, to Jennie Hill, who was born at Milltown, Me. They have four children—Marietta E., Annie E., Edna M. and Anna M.



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