|Birth: ||Oct. 1, 1880|
|Death: ||Sep. 23, 1936|
Tom Blake was the son of (John) Henry Blake, pioneer of Olathe, Kansas and the first register of deeds of Johnson County, KS. Henry Blake was associated with William Ocheltree, and in the early days planned a number of additions to Olathe. Blake Street in East Olathe is named for the family. Henry watched the Battle of Westport from the roof of the old Harris Hotel in Westport.
Tom was educated in Olathe and then moved to Westport, Kansas City, Missouri where he operated the Blake Sheet Metal Works for many years at the Old Trading Post building(Mabry Hall) located at 4112 Pennsylvania Avenue. A brother also had a shop there before Tom.
Tom married Hattie Marshall. The couple lived in an apartment above the Sheet Metal Works. They had no children of their own, but were devoted to their neices and nephew.
Tom was a good, hard working man but he loved his beer and he and Hattie made home brew during the Prohibition years.
They were also Republicans and ran afoul of the Tom Pendergast machine by failing to vote Tom's way in "Tom's Town." Blake was charged higher taxes than anyone else in the area, not given city jobs, even when his bid was the lowest, and generally harassed. The machine people openly checked the ballots to see how everyone voted, and warned him he was making a mistake.
Tom developed stomach cancer in 1935 and passed away at his home the following year on Wednesday, September 23, 1936. Funeral services were held at the Westport Presbterian church Saturday, Sept. 26, Rev. G. P. Baity, officiating. Burial was in the Olathe cemetery.
Tom was survived by his wife, Hattie, three brothers, Charles E. Blake, John L. Blake and Fred F. Blake, all of Kansas City, two sisters, Mrs. Ella Bryan and Mrs. Lotta Burris, also of Kansas City.
Hattie remained living at 4112 Pennsylvania Ave., finally selling the property in 1961.
Mabry Hall, as the building at 4112 Pennsylvania Ave. is known, is listed by the Kansas City Landmarks Commission as having been built in 1843 which makes it the oldest building in Kansas City. Half a block north stands Kelly's Bar, once a trading post in old Westport. Kelly's has a plaque claiming to be the oldest building in K.C., however the 1937 building was a log cabin which was replaced by the building now standing around 1848--making Kelly's five years younger than Mabry Hall.
Olathe Memorial Cemetery
Plot: 2-8-22- W3
Created by: helenpatricia
Record added: Aug 18, 2007
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