F. W. BLAKE
F. W. Blake is a native of London, England, his father being a leading physician of that city. Two of his brothers were educated in that profession and are now in full practice, one in England and another in San Francisco. The subject of this sketch had no taste for medicine, and he secured a clerkship in the Department of Customs. Here he remained for five years, coming in contact with the officers of merchant vessels from all parts of the world. When his parents died, he being then twenty-five years old, he accepted the invitation of the captain of a merchant vessel to make a voyage with him. He came to New York in 1861, and, after remaining a few weeks, went to Chicago and soon after joined the telegraph expedition to Salt Lake City. From there he came to San Francisco. Here he went into the mercantile business, in which he continued for twelve years. He had been liberally educated, and had cultivated a decided literary taste. He was a close and forcible, as well as a graceful, writer. Retiring from the mercantile business, he took a position on the Hollister Advance, and soon after purchased the Advocate, as above stated. In his statement of events he is terse and accurate, and in his editorials his reasoning is logic. He has made the Advocate a representative of the people composing the community where it is published.
Pen Pictures From The Garden of the World or Santa Clara County, California, Illustrated. - Edited by H. S. Foote.- Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1888.
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