Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Sunday, October 21, 2007 at 04:54:16 :
Friday, December 31, 1954
Jasper E. Blake Dies; Pioneer Family’s Son
Jasper E. Blake, a retired San Rafael grocer and son of the pioneer Marin family which established Blake’s Landing on Tomales Bay, died Wednesday, it was learned today.
Blake was 74 and was the last survivor of 10 children born at the West Marin ranch to Jeremiah and Francis Blake.
Walter Blake of 308 D street, San Rafael, a son of Jasper Blake, said his father told stories of Blake’s Landing being established between Tomales and Marshall about 1850.
In the years that followed, the 200-acre ranch was used for farming and as a dairy. All 10 children were born on the ranch as Jeremiah Blake worked as a saddle maker and farmer. It was during this time that Tomales Bay permitted ocean-going freighters to bring wood and grain to the ranch having water front landings.
A railroad station was established in the area and named Blake’s Landing.
At the turn of t he century, Jasper Blake moved into San Rafael and became the station agent for the Northwestern Pacific Railroad at Larkspur. He worked for the railroad for 16 years.
He later operated Blake’s Grocery store at 410 D street but sold it to one of his clerks in 1941. He was ill for some five years before his death in a San Francisco hospital.
Largest portion of the ranch was sold in 1943 and a section of the waterfront was sold and became Nick’s Cove. Waterfront land south of Nick’s Cove is still owned by the Blake family.
Besides Walter Blake, survivors include another son, Everett Blake, a San Francisco insurance agent; and two grandchildren, Rochelle and Dianne Blake.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Keaton’s Mortuary, San Rafael. Burial is set for Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma.
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A Death Notice in the same paper mentions that he was a native of Marshall, and the husband of the late Ida Blake.
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