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BLAKE, John. (County Cork, Ireland--Dubuque, IA, Aug. 1870). Blake emigrated to the United States in 1834 and in 1836 came to Dubuque. He was one of the early settlers here to manufacture brick. He served as an alderman in 1844 and 1845. (1)

Blake married Miss Ellen Murphy, a native of Ireland. Upon his death, Blake left his wife and two daughters; their eldest brother died in 1868, and one brother died while attending college in St. Louis. Mrs. Blake and her daughters lived on Mineral Street. (2)



1. Oldt, Franklin. The History of Dubuque County, Iowa. Chicago: The Western History Company, 1880, p. 536

2. Ibid. p. 767