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                                     ALVIN J. BLAKEY
                                         Biography
                                    Cook County, Illinois

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Information contributed for use in Cook County ILGenWeb by
        Sherri Hessick, added May 2001.



Source: Album of Genealogy and Biography, Cook County, Illinois with
Portraits 3rd ed. revised and extended (Chicago: Calumet Book & Engraving
Co., 1895), pp. 143-146



ALVIN JAY BLAKEY was born February 28, 1855, in Racine
County, near Union Grove, Wisconsin, and is a son of Thomas
and Mary (Stott) Blakey, who came from Rochdale, England,
and are now deceased.  Thomas Blakey was the son of William
Blakey, who was associated in business with John Bright, the
noted English statesman.  In 1840 Thomas Blakey left
England, in company with a cousin, and they landed in Boston
after a long and perilous voyage, having two English
shillings as their combined capital on arrival.  They
immediately found employment in the woolen-mills of Lowell,
Massachusetts, where Mr. Blakey continued five years.  He
then went to Wisconsin and bought land, on which he settled
and continued to reside until his death, which occurred
April 17, 1886.  His wife died December 28, 1878.  They had
nine children, of whom the subject of this sketch is the
eighth.

Besides farming, Mr. Blakey took up the work of Christian
ministry after going to Wisconsin, preaching without
compensation for over thirty years and ceasing the work only
when death closed his labors.  He affiliated with the Bible
Christian Church.  He said he had plenty of this world's
goods, and was willing to work for Christ on account of his
love for Him.

A. J. Blakey has been independent since he was sixteen years
of age, and has attained a considerable measure of success
in life.  He attended the common school at Yorkville, Racine
County, Wisconsin, meantime assisting in the farm work
during the intervals of school.  He began teaching school at
the age of nineteen, and in 1872 entered the State Normal
School at Whitewater, Wisconsin, from which he was graduated
in 1877.  He continued to teach in the schools of his native
state for four years, being employed most of the time in the
city of Milwaukee.  For ten years he was a commercial
traveler, carrying a line of jewelry, watches and diamonds
from Chicago, Illinois.  His long continuation in this
employment indicates his success, which can only be acquired
in that occupation by the employment of energy and brains.
Since 1889, Mr. Blakey has been an investor and real-estate
dealer in Chicago, and now occupies offices in the Chamber
of Commerce, as a member of the firm of Bobb & Blakey,
general brokers and real-estate dealers.  This firm handles
large and valuable pieces of city and country property,
their operations extending over many states.

On the 4th of March, 1885, Mr. Blakey espoused Miss Carrie
A. Turner, a native of New York City.  Mrs. Blakey's parents
were Herbert and Kate Turner, who came from Berlin, Germany,
and were children of worthy German ancestry.  One son was
given to Mr. and Mrs. Blakey, named Harold A., who died
April 21, 1894, at the age of fourteen months.

Mr. Blakey is a strict believer in the teachings of the
Bible, and entertains charity for the frailties of human
nature. Politically he is and always has been a Republican,
having cast his first vote for Rutherford B. Hayes, and his
last for George B. Swift. He is a thorough bi-metallist, and
sincerely believes in the ultimate success of the policy of
American protection. His genial nature and affable manners
secure and retain the friendship of all with whom he is
brought in relation, either socially or in business. Mr.
Blakey is an extemporaneous speaker, and is capable of
making a speech on any subject with which he is acquainted
at all at a moment's notice.
		

		



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