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Biographical History of Pottawattamie County, Iowa

JOHN BLAKELY is one of the enterprising and well-known citizens of Wright Township.  He came here in the spring of 1877, and has since made this place his home.  He was born in Perry County, Ohio, February 13, 1842, a son of Andrew Blakely.  His great-grandfather Blakely was a native of the Emerald Isle.  Andrew Blakely was a stonecutter by trade, which he followed the most of his life.  His political views were those of the Democratic party.  He married Catherine Gilchriest, a native of Pennsylvania and a lady of German ancestry.  They reared a family of six children, five of whom are living, John being the fifth born.  Mrs. Blakely was born in 1807, and is now eighty-three years of age.  She resides in Pennsylvania, near the old Gilchriest homestead.

John was principally brought up in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, where he learned the carpenter's trade, which he followed for many years in that State and in Ohio.  In 1868 he came West, and worked in different parts of Missouri, and finally in Maryville, Nodaway County.  In 1871 he came to Cass County, Iowa, and bought eighty acres of land, six miles southeast of Lewis, which he improved.  February 5, 1874, he married Miss Lucina Ingraham, a native of New York State and a daughter of Clark and Electa Lucina (Grinnell) Ingraham, both natives of the East.  When a child she came with her parents to Illinois, and later to Cass County, Iowa.  Her father is now a resident of Griswold.

In 1877, Mr. Blakely sold his farm in Cass County and bought his present farm of eighty acres, upon which he has since made many improvements.  He erected a two-story frame house and surrounded it with shade and ornamental trees; and his barn, other outbuildings and improvements on the premises all show thrift and enterprise.  Mr. and Mrs. Blakely have five children: Etta Belle, Lenora, Elizabeth Jane, John Sherman and Electa Lucina.

In politics Mr. Blakely is a Republican.  He has served the public as a member of the School Board.  Both he and his wife are members of the Presbyterian Church of Griswold.  He is associated with Lewis Lodge, No. 140, I. O. O. F.  Mr. Blakely is a man yet in the prime of life; has traveled extensively, and is well-informed on all general topics. He takes an active interest in educational and religious matters, and any movement that has for its object the upbuilding or advancement of the community where he resides, finds in him an earnest supporter.

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