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My grandfather Harold Blake was born May 14 1904 in Lockland Ohio. We do not have much information on his childhood,and we have not been able to obtain his birth certificate, when he was born I guess it wasn't a law that you had to submit a copy to the state. My grandmother only recalls that he said that his grandparents took care of him as a child. In 1922 he enlisted in the Army at Ft. Thomas Kentucky, and served in many places, such as Ft. Sam in Houston TX in 1926, Ft. Hayes in Columbus OH in 1939, Ft. Ruger in Honolulu HI from 1926-1936, Leesville LA in 1943, Ft. Benjamin Harrison in Indiana,and Ft. George G Meade in Maryland in 1930. We have no pictures at all of my grandfather, the only one we had was lost years ago. I have all of his military records, and the more I read them the more interested I get. I found out by researching his military records that he was married once before he married my grandmother, to a woman from Hawaii and may have had a child. So my father has a half sibling that he does not know. My hope is that some day someone will see one of my postings or this story and maybe help me find a photo of my grandfather. Thank you.
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Levi Lowell Blake was born in Addison County, Vermont April 27, 1830. He left his home at a young age to serve in the Mexican American War. He then made a small fortune in the California gold fields. He was in Montana with the Gov. Stevens Railroad Survey and worked closely with John Mullen who pioneered the first wagon road from Fort Benton to Walla Walla, Washington. In an election held July 14, 1862, Levi was elected representative to the Wash. Territorial Legislature. However, “on his way to the legislative session in Olympia, he was side tracked by the gold fields near present day Boise, ID, and never assumed the office.” He earned the title of Major Blake in 1867 for his services to the government, acting as Indian Agent on the Jocko Reservation near Polson, MT. He was officially elected to the post in 1869 but did not accept it. He returned to the east to live.
In 1870 Levi located in Wash. D. C. where he became part owner in the Marshall Hall Steamship Company. He traded the title of Major Blake for that of Captain Blake. He was the Captain of several pleasure steamers that plied the Potomac River to Mt. Vernon and the Marshall Hall Amusement Park. He was variously listed as captain of the “Mary Washington,” the “W.W. Corcoran,” the “Charles Macalaster,” and the “Steamer Arrow.” The Marshall Hall Steamship Co. later acquired the famed “River Queen,” of 1864. The “River Queen” had frequently been referred to as “Lincoln’s Favorite,” a/c his frequent use in the closing days of the Civil War.
At the age fifty-six, Levi married Marie (Robinson). They had a daughter, Marion, and a son Lowell Blake.
Levi died in Wash. D. C. in 1904 and, “with the consent of his wife, his burial expenses were assumed by the Mount Vernon Ladies Association as a gesture of appreciation and thanks for his many services.” His body was shipped, via Penn. R.R. to Northfield, VT, where he is buried with other members of his family.

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