The Tales of a Blair Family    

Obituary: Monroe Evening Times: Monroe, Wisconsin: September 29, 1967: page 1

Edwin Blair Dead Here at Age of 81

Edwin Russell BlairEdwin R. Blair, 81, of 2209 8th St., died in St. Clare Hospital at 2:58 a.m. today following a coronary heart attack on September 26.

"Blair" as he was affectionately known to all who knew him, was born near the little village of Meriden in Cherokee County, Ia., on April 19, 1886, the son of Matthew William and Mary Johnson Blair.

His boyhood was spent in Correctionville, Ia.  When he was 15, his father took up a claim in what was then known as Indian Territory so the family moved south.

When he was 19 he joined the Navy and after six months training at Norfolk Training Station was assigned the U. S. Steamship West Virginia.  He had the rating of Quarter Master Third Class when he was discharged in 1909.

On June 26, 1913, he was married in El Reno, Okla., to Doris E. Trego.   They came to Monroe in 1925 where Mr. Blair was employed with the Wisconsin Power and Light Co. until his retirement in 1951.  He began work here as an inside wireman and was superintendent of the meter department when he retired.  He was Monroe's first electrical and plumbing inspector.

He was a member of the First Methodist Church, Monroe.

Surviving are his wife, two sons, Ben D. Blair, Hinsdale, Illinois, and Philip E. Blair, Fort Wayne, Ind., and one grandson, Kevin a student at Purdue University.   One sister, Mrs. Worth O. McCauley, Oklahoma City, is the only living member of his family.

Funeral services are pending at the Stuessy Funeral Home.