|Creator||Blake, Austin M.|
|Title||Austin M. Blake scrapbook|
|Dates of Creation||1938-1959.|
|Physical Description||1 folder.|
|Language of Material||English|
|Scope & Content||The Austin M. Blake Scrapbook contains newspaper clippings and two photographs documenting Blake's lengthy career as a physician in Waunakee, Wis. Many of the articles are related to the parade and accompanying celebrations in 1948 that the town of Waunakee held in honor of Dr. Blake's 60 years of service to their residents. It is unclear if the scrapbook was assembled by Dr. Blake himself, or by a relative.|
Obituary for Austin M. Blake, M.D. from the "Wisconsin State Journal," April 20, 1959:
"Waunakee-- Dr. Austin M. Blake, 95, one of the oldest practicing physicians in the United States and Waunakee's oldest resident, died at his home Sunday night after a brief illness.
Dr. Blake, better known as "Doc" Blake to his many friends and patients, was born in Vermont and moved to Wisconsin at the age of 3. After a short time at Prairie du Sac, he went to Lodi where he graduated from the Cincinnati Medical School and returned to Lodi for one year before coming to Waunakee.
Dr. Blake owned the first automobile in Waunakee, in 1902. He played for and managed a baseball team in Westport for many years and was an avid sports fan. Dr. Blake was also a founder and director of the Waunakee State Bank.
An ardent woodworker, he had a complete woodworking shop in his home. He was also well known for the tulips and lilies he raised in his garden.
Eleven years ago, Waunakee honored Dr. Blake for his 60th year of service to the village. It was one of the biggest events ever held in the town.
His wife, the former Ida Watson, died in 1950.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Ruby Murphy, Waunakee; a son, Sam, Waunakee; three grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
The body was taken to the Schwab funeral home, where friends may call after seven tonight."
|Archival History||Transferred from the Madison Public Library, January 11, 1980. 1980.001|
Blake, Austin M.
|Call Number||ARM 80-01|
|Catalog ID Number||1980.001.0001|