|Birth: ||Aug. 2, 1858|
|Death: ||Jan. 2, 1918|
Albert Allmand Blow, mining engineer of international reputation, died at his residence in Knoxville, Tenn., on Jan. 2, 1918. He became ill while in New York, six weeks previously, and was taken to a hospital in Baltimore, where he received treatment for septic pneumonia. Improving somewhat, he was removed to Knoxville, where it was thought that he would recover; but hopes were disappointed.
Mr. Blow was born in 1858, the eldest son of Judge George Blow and Elizabeth Allmand, of Norfolk, Va., a grandson of Col. George Blow, of Tower Hill, Sussex County, Virginia. He received his preparatory education in Webster's Academy, in Norfolk, and later entered the Virginia Military Institute, from which he was graduated in 1877. After spending a year in teaching in the public schools of Norfolk, and another year in the office of the City Engineer of that city, Mr. Blow went to Leadville, Colo., in the autumn of 1879. In Leadville he became associated with his cousin, Wiliam Byrd Page, forming the firm of Page & Blow, which developed an extensive practice as mine surveyors. In connection with this work Mr. Blow obtained an unusually comprehensive knowledge of the mines of the new district, and he applied it to good advantage in studying the geology of the ore deposits, which at that time were not commonly understood, the famous report by S. F. Emmons not yet having been published. Mr. Blow's attainments in this respect, together with his recognized capacity as an engineer and his exhibition of administrative qualities, led to the invitation to him in 1884 to become general manager - and later owner - of the Silver Cord Combination Mining Co. in Leadville. Under Mr. Blow this company became very successful indeed. The conduct of its affairs was intensely interesting to him, not only in a commercial way, but also in a scientific, the company possessing ore deposits of complicated character, the unraveling of which was a delight to him. The results of his studies, not only in this mine, but also in the adjoining mines of Iron Hill, led to the preparation of an elaborate and scholarly paper that was published in the Transactions of the American Institute of Mining Engineers, which was immediately recognized as one of the most important contributions to the knowledge of the Leadville ore deposits.
During the latter part of his sojourn in Leadville, Mr. Blow laid out and constructed the famous Yak tunnel.
He also became more and more engaged in general consulting work, in such capacity visiting many parts of the Western United States, Mexico and British Columbia, this professional employment extending itself greatly after he removed his headquarters from Leadville to Denver. The reputation that Mr. Blow had gained by this time was very considerable, and it was quite in the order of things that in 1896 he should have been called to London, and thence sent to the Transvaal, South Africa, to undertake the management of the Sheba Gold Mining Co. We should like to dwell upon the excellent work that he did during the three years that he was manager of the Sheba mines. He increased the mill to 200 stamps, so as to handle the lowest grade of ore; discovered new and extremely rich veins in adjoining claims of the company, and generally augmented both the yield of the mines and the dividends of the company, while improving the whole tone of the place, not only by means of better management, the introduction of a more capable staff, etc., but also through his marvelous ability in handling the Kafir labor.
In 1899 Mr. Blow resigned the management of the Sheba company and became consulting engineer for several important British syndicates operating in the Transvaal and other countries. However, the breaking out of the Boer War caused him to move his headquarters to London. He remained there about five years, making professional visits to Mexico, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, and Canada.
In 1904 Mr. Blow returned to the United States and opened an office as consulting mining engineer in New York, continuing the same kind of work that he had previously been doing from London. In 1910 he became consulting mining engineer for the White Investing Co., which position he retained until 1912. In 1913 he retired from active practice, and went to Tennessee to engage in the development of the natural resources of the South. He formed the Southern Minerals Co. and the Union Zinc Co. He divided his time between Knoxville and his country home "Belleville," in Gloucester County, Virginia, which he enjoyed greatly.
In 1885 Mr. Blow married Jennie Matteson Goodell. She enjoyed the distinction of having been decorated by Queen Victoria with the Lady of Grace Order of St. John for the active part she took (in conjunction with Lady Randolph Churchill) in raising funds for the purchase and equipment of the hospital ship "Maine" sent by Americans to Capetown for aid to the British wounded in the Boer War in 1899. Mr. Blow is also survived by two sons, George and Allmand, both of whom are graduates of Columbia and the School of Mines, after being graduated from the Virginia Military Institute. George took the mining degree, while Allmand took the metallurgical. George was a major in the U. S. Army.
Mr. Blow was a member of the American Institute of Mining Engineers, and of the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy, besides other technical societies. He was a member of the Order of the Cincinnati. He received the honorary degree of Engineer of Mines from the Colorado School of Mines, and served as a trustee of that school during 10 years. He served also on the Board of Visitors of the Virginia Militarv Institute.
Albert Allmand Blow was an engineer of the type that has brought our profession into its high esteem. This is the type that sets the honor of the profession above everything else. The remembrance of his dis tinguished ability, of the high integrity that he maintained through his entire career, and of his sunny, genial disposition and warm-heartedness that made him many sincere friends wherever he went, will long remain with us.
—Engineering and Mining Journal Vol. 105 No. 3 Jan. 19, 1918
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Created by: John M Blow
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