|Birth: ||Nov. 26, 1875|
|Death: ||May 12, 1932|
Thelma Eliza Dunlap attended school at Kendall, and received additional training in academic subjects and the piano at Wayland Academy, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. Here she excelled in music, during her final year, she was awarded the Edmund Gram Gold Medal for outstanding ability. She then went to Humboldt, Iowa, where she organized a large class in music, teaching both the organ and piano. She was engaged by Humboldt College as the head of the musical department, and taught successfully for many years. She also during this time organized large classes in each of the nearby towns of Bradgate and Rolfe, and had supervision of the music for the Baptist Church of Humboldt.
At the turn of century she relinquished all this work to become the bride of the Reverend James Blake who was at this time the pastor of the Baptist Church of Kendall, Wisconsin.
The Reverend James Blake of Ipswich, Endland, had served three years in the Missionary Field of the CongoFree State, Africa, but was forced to leave, the climate being detrimental to his health. He came to Chicago and took additional ministerial training at Moody Institute and University of Chicago, coming from there to Kendall as pastor of the Baptist Church. Here he met and married Thelma Eliza Dunlap. They went at once to the pastorate of the Baptist Church of West Allis, Wisconsin, and here their oldest daughter was born. They later served Grave Baptist Church of Milwaukee, and the Baptist Church of Stevens Point, Wisconsin. It was at Stevens Point they found their real life's work, remaining in this parish for over twenty-five years. Their anniversary was celebrated by their church with much circumstance and rejoicing. It was the occasion of many social gatherings, and many testimonials and gifts were presented to them, not the least of which was a purse of two hundred fifty dollars.
Throughout her life, Thelma Dunlap was very active in the work of the church and community wherever she went. Her outstanding musical ability was a marked asset, and she always gave generously of this, and of her time. After they had served the church at Stevens Point over a number of years, a new edifice was erected on the site of the original building. A pipe organ was installed and Mrs. Blake presided at this, directing the large choir as well, till the time of her death.
Story was taken from the French Family Genealogy and History Book compiled in 1940
James Blake (1863 - 1933)
Florence Guinness Blake (1907 - 1983)*
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Record added: Aug 28, 2011
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