Pages 466-467, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




HENRY E. BLAKELY, who is numbered among Ohio's native sons, was born in Miami county, October 11, 1867, and is a son of George H. and Sophia Ann (Dillon) Blakely, both of whom were natives of Ohio, the latter being of Irish descent, for her grandparents were natives of the Green Isle of Erin. When the subject of this review was three years old his parents removed to Dunn county, Wisconsin, and there he resided for twelve years, attending the common schools and thus acquiring the foundation of his education. Subsequently the family became residents of Goodhue county, Minnesota, where he completed his schooling. He early became familiar with the duties and labors that fall to the lot of the agriculturalist, and in addition to working an the farm through the summer months he taught school for nine years in the winter season, thus supplementing the money earned at agriculture by a fair income from his professional labors.

While residing in Goodhue county Mr. Blakely was united in marriage on June 28, 1893, to Miss Effie M. Folsom, who was born and reared in that county and successfully followed school teaching until her marriage. Her parents were Abel B. and Nancy (Wright) Folsom. Her father died in 1897, but her mother is still living and makes her home in Lewiston, Idaho, where she owns a good fruit farm. The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Blakely has been blessed with two interesting little daughters: Frances F., who is now three years of age, and Bessie May, a baby of about eighteen months.

In the year 1896 Mr. Blakely came to the Sunflower State and has since been a resident of Elsmore. For three years he had charge of the


creamery business and then he embarked in the livery business which he conducted alone until the spring of 1900, when he sold a half interest in that enterprise to his father. Together they purchased Mr. Kenyon's livery stable which was added to their own enterprise and thus they are in control of an extensive livery establishment and a good business. Our subject started out in life empty-handed, his only capital being his earnest determination to succeed and by diligence and a resolute will he has steadily advanced on the high road to success. He is a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen of Elsmore, and in his political affiliations he is a Republican. He has filled the position of constable in his town for two years, making a creditable record as a public official.

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