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John K. Blair

  • Birth 28 Apr 1834 Logan County, Ohio, USA
  • Death 26 Mar 1925 Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri, USA
  • Burial Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri, USA
  • Plot Traditional Sector Bl 26 Lot 1
  • Memorial ID 59663764

John Blair
1157 South Main Street
Carthage, MO

Occupation: Machine Dealer

Husband of Mary Jane Blair
Daughter-in-law: Emily Jane Newell Blair.

Died at age 90 years, 10 months & 28 days
His death certificate attributed his death to arteriosclerosis/uremia
The death certificate can be viewed online at Missouri Digital Archives/death certificates online website.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Knell Mortuary

John Blair (First_Last)
Regiment Name 6 Tennessee Infantry.
Side Union
Company B
Soldier's Rank_In Pvt.
Soldier's Rank_Out Pvt.
Alternate Name
Film Number M392 roll 1


MARCH 26, 1925


Prominent Carthage Citizen in Failing Health Several Years - Lived Here 40 Years

John Blair, 91 years old, father of C. A. Blair of this city, and well known resident, died at 2:50 o'clock this afternoon at the home of his son, C. A. Blair, on South Main Street.

Mr. Blair had been in failing health several years. He had made his home in Carthage the last 40 years.

Besides C. A. Blair, the children who survive are Mrs. E. B. Wall of Carthage, Burt K. Blair, also of this city and Harry Blair of Joplin
Funeral arrangements had not been made early this afternoon.

MARCH 27, 1925


Rev. Dr. O. J. Carder Will Be in Charge
Burial in Park Cemetery

Funeral services for John Blair will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the home of his son, C. A. Blair, 1157 South Main Street, where he died at 2:50 o'clock yesterday afternoon. The Rev. Dr. O. J. Carder will be in charge. Burial will be in Park Cemetery.

It was a request of Mr. Blair that there be no flowers at his funeral "except from neighbors," and the family wishes to comply with his request.

Member of the First Methodist Episcopal Sunday school class which Mr. Blair attended while he was able to get about will be asked to attend the services, in accordance with his wishes. He selected hymns to be sung and pallbearers, also named by him, will be;
Lloyd Cowgill
F. B. Williams
L. S. Durham
H. A. Wolcott
C. B. Platt and
Ralph Putnam the latter of Joplin.

Mr. Blair would have been 91 years old next month. He had been failing physically for several years, and his condition had become critical during the last six weeks. He did not entirely lose consciousness until the evening before his death.

In a recent talk Mr. Blair recalled that his first presidential vote had been cast for John C. Fremont, and that since then he has voted for every Republican presidential candidate.

About two years ago Mr. Blair gained "second sight" and was able, after a time, to lay aside his glasses and read ordinary print with ease. In the last few years he has greatly enjoyed his radio.

On April 28, 1834, Mr. Blair was born on a farm which is the present site of Carroltown, Ohio. The Blairs are an Ayrshire Scotch family, and there are many Scotch Covenant ministers in the line. Mr. Blair was one of a family of 12 sons and one daughter. He was the last survivor. All of his brothers lived to an age in the late 80's or early 90's.

Mr. Blair attended a country school near his home, and was graduated from what was then the only High school in Logan County, Ohio. after teaching a few years, he went to Delaware county, Indiana, and taught there. He married one of his pupils, Mary Pittenger, at Muncie, Indiana on November 10, 1859. She died 15 years ago this month.

At the outbreak of the Civil War, the father and 12 sons drew lots to determine who should go to war. It fell to the father to remain at home and take care of the family. Seven brothers served in the Union Army. The others, including John Blair, were counted out in the "lottery".

After the war, Mr. Blair spent three years in Tennessee in government reconstruction work. During the winters he taught school, and was engaged in building in the summer. He built the first church for Negroes in Raleigh, then the capital of Tennessee. Mr. Blair and his family moved to Maryville, Missouri in 1868, and lived there 16 years. In 1884 they moved to Carthage, which has since been their home. Since 1907 the residence at 1228 South Maple street his been the Blair home. Mr. Blair lived there with his daughter, Mrs. Wall, until last fall, when he was moved to his son's home. Mr. Blair was engaged in mining for a time. About 30 years ago he was business manager of the Carthage Democrat, then owned by his cousin, O. P. Caylor.

The three sons and a daughter surviving Mr. Blair are;
C. A. Blair
Mrs. E. B. Wall
Burton K. Blair all of Carthage
and Harry W. Blair, a Joplin attorney, ["married Emily Newell, his former high school classmate, in 1900, and the couple had two children: Newell Blair, a Washington lawyer and businessman who founded three legal newsletters, and a daughter whose married name was Mrs. N.M. Forsythe. Mrs. Blair was perhaps more well-known than her husband, and was likely at least partially responsible for his government career. She was a political activist, suffragist, and writer, and a co-founder of the League of Women Voters. She served as the Vice Chair of the Democratic Party in 1922, and later in Franklin Roosevelt's 1932 Presidential campaign. She served as an editor of Good Housekeeping magazine from 1925 to 1934. In the 1940's, the Washington Post regularly covered the Blairs' parties, which often included Washington's elite."]

There are five grandchildren;
Cowgill Blair, general manager and business manager of the Joplin Globe;
J. M. Blair of the Topeka Milling Company, Topeka, Kansas
C. A. Blair, Jr. of the Joplin Globe;
Miss Harriett Blair, attending Goucher College of Maryland;
Newell Blair, attending Phillips-Exeter Academy in New Hampshire;

There are also five great-grandchildren;
Cowgill Blair, Jr.
Rebecca and
Charles David Blair, of Joplin;
Marva Lillian and
Jacalyn Blair of Topeka, Kansas

Mrs. Frank Williams of Joplin, a close friend, is with Mrs. Wall. Her daughter, Miss Helen Williams will be here tomorrow.

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  • Added: 5 Oct 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 59663764
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John K. Blair (28 Apr 1834–26 Mar 1925), Find A Grave Memorial no. 59663764, citing Park Cemetery, Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by NJBrewer (contributor 47097113) .