Maurice Vincent Blake
Maurice Vincent Blake (1880-1960)
Maurice Vincent Blake was born on 17 July 1880, along with his twin brother, William Ernest Blake. Maurice Vincent and William Ernest, were baptized in St. Dunstan's Basilica, in Charlottetown, on 22 July 1880. In the 1881 Census of Canada, William is not recorded which leads to the assumption, he did not live through his first year.
Maurice Vincent had eight other siblings. Three older: John Joseph, Ella May, Frederick Dean; and five younger: Edward Ireaneus, James, Mary Josephine, Leo Louis, and Claude Raymond.
Maurice Blake and Joanna Grimes were the parents of Maurice Vincent and his siblings. Maurice (Sr.), was a successful farmer and farmer's dealer; they lived in Charlottetown Royalty. In the 1891 Census, Maurice Sr., Johanna, 10 year old Maurice Vincent and his siblings, had seven domestic servants to assist in their daily living: three male general servants, one dressmaker, one housemaid, a nurse and a cook. They would have lived in relative comfort.
Maurice Vincent was a student at St. Dunstan's College around 1893-1895. In UPEI's Robertson Library collection there is a two volume set that was signed and dated by him; A History of the Life of Richard Coeur de Lion, King of England by G.P.R. James. In the first volume he has added his name three times. On the inside cover, scribbled over, is:
Maurice Vincent Blake
Along the top of page 452 is the inscription: Vincent Blake 1893, and along the top of the next page is VBlake.
In the second volume of the set, Maurice Vincent Blake has signed his name twice on the same page:
Maurice V. Blake
StD College [there is a stroke through the name].
Below this is:
Maurice V. Blake
Jan 27th 1895
This set of books were also signed by many other students including, Maurice Vincent's brother, James Blake.
After his time at St. Dunstan's, Maurice Vincent went to business school at the P.E.I. Commercial College. He graduated in 1900 and was listed in the Charlottetown Guardian newspaper on 21 April 1900. The article states:
A lot more intelligent and active young men it would not be easy to find; and as they go forth in the business world thoroughly equipped for the work that lies before them they will, beyond a doubt, reach a high position, wherever they locate.
He took up work as a book-keeper within a year of his graduation. Later, Maurice Vincent would also work as a traveling commercial agent, representing companies such as the Davis and Fraser Meat Curing Firm, Whyte Park Company and the Canada Packaging Company.
In the years from 1900 to 1910, Maurice Vincent had been involved in sports on the Island, acting as referee for local football games.
On 21 April 1921, Maurice Vincent married Edythe Isobel Haszard Hyndman. He was a 40 year old Catholic bachelor, and she was a 39 year old Anglican widow, maiden name Haszard. They were married in a Catholic ceremony in Toronto, and returned to Prince Edward Island at an unknown point of time. Despite being married in the Catholic Church, Edythe was a faithful member of St. Paul's Anglican Church in Charlottetown.
Shortly after their marriage, they set up house in Summerside, PEI; in the 1921 Census, they were living on Summer Street. They had one son named Maurice.
On 19 April 1958, Edythe died in Charlottetown and Maurice Vincent followed two years later, on 29 April 1960. At this time, both were living at 15 Villa Avenue, Charlottetown, PE.
1881 Census of Canada. Census Place: Charlottetown Royalty, Queens, Prince Edward Island; Roll: C_13163; Page: 20; Family No: 80
1891 Census of Canada. Census Place: Charlottetown Royalty, Queens, Prince Edward Island; Roll: T-6383; Family No: 182
1901 Census of Canada. Census Place: Charlottetown (City/Cité), Queen's (west/ouest), Prince Edward Island; Page: 10; Family No: 93
1921 Census of Canada. Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 104; Census Place: Drill Shed S.Side, Prince, Prince Edward Island; Page Number: 13
Baptismal Record for Maurice Vincent Blake. Public Archives and Records Office, Prince Edward Island Archives. Record Book Number 4, page 116. Accessed 18 January 2017.
Baptismal Record for William Ernest Blake. Public Archives and Records Office, Prince Edward Island Archives. Record Book Number 4, page 116. Accessed 18 January 2017.
Death Record for Maurice Vincent Blake. Public Archives and Records Office, Prince Edward Island Archives. RG19/s2/ss6: Death registration book, 1960; entry number 1289; date of death 29 April 1860.
“Mrs. Blake Died Suddenly at Home Here", Charlottetown Guardian, 21 April 1958, p.2.
Ontario Marriage Registration of Maurice Vincent Blake and Edith Isabel Haszard. Archives of Ontario; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Registrations of Marriages, 1869-1928; Series: MS932; Reel: 561
“P.E. Island Commercial College Graduation". Charlottetown Guardian, 21 April 1900, p.7.