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Oral William Blake
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Birth: Oct. 3, 1898
Hartwick
Poweshiek County
Iowa, USA
Death: Nov. 19, 1981
Marshalltown
Marshall County
Iowa, USA

Oral and Stella went to church together when they were children. Their families were close, doing things together often. They married in 1919.

Oral became the church song leader and was known throughout Iowa as a songleader with a beautiful tenor voice. In the 1930's, he and his brothers formed The Blake Brothers Quartet and sang on WHO Radio in Des Moines, IA. He would often perform at school PTA meetings singing Scottish and Irish songs that would be preceded with a patter in Scottish brogue. (A patter is an oral introduction of the song.) He preached in many congregations all over Iowa on Sundays and regularly preached at a rural church near Des Moines, IA, called Camp Center.

He and Stella had 7 children: Wallace Robinson, Walter Lewis, Roger Oral, Allen Jay, Barbara Almeda, Donald Lee, and Gary Dean.

He was also a very talented artist. As a profession, he made and painted signs all over. He painted department store signs and made signs out of wood. He made a wooden sign for York College in York, NE. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Alexander Campbell Blake (1874 - 1954)
  Edna Ellen Carpenter Blake (1878 - 1964)
 
 Spouse:
  Stella Almeda Robison Blake (1901 - 1980)*
 
 Children:
  Wallace Robison Blake (1920 - 1979)*
  Walter L. Blake (1922 - 2009)*
  Roger O. Blake (1923 - 2000)*
  Barbara A Blake Marshall Hoffman (1929 - 2006)*
  Gary Dean Blake (1937 - 2016)*
 
 Siblings:
  Oral William Blake (1898 - 1981)
  Pearl E. Olsen (1900 - 1994)*
  Rosalie Blake (1902 - 1902)*
  Ethel Mae Blake Renner (1908 - 1963)*
  Lowell Leonard Blake (1911 - 2011)*
  Lois B Blake Warp (1914 - 1999)*
  Eldon W Blake (1919 - 1945)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Riverside Cemetery
Marshalltown
Marshall County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Edgeworth #133
 
Maintained by: Elizabeth Blake Straugh...
Originally Created by: Kathy Holtry
Record added: Aug 07, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 115087173
Oral William Blake
Added by: Elizabeth Blake Straughn
 
Oral William Blake
Added by: Elizabeth Blake Straughn
 
Oral William Blake
Added by: Elizabeth Blake Straughn
 
 
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