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From: "Peter Blades" <>
Subject: Joseph B. BLADES, M.D. of Randall, Jewell County, KS
Date: Sun, 11 Feb 2001 00:56:32 +1030

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Source: GC- Jewell Co. Ks Biographies
Subject: Joseph B. BLADES, M.D.


JOSEPH B. BLADES, M. D. For a period of twelve years the health and
of Randall, Jewell County, has been
safeguarded by the zeal and skill of Dr. Joseph Brewer Blades, whose entire
professional career has been passed in this
community. He is one of the men who have brought to their honored calling
high scholarship, thorough training and equipment
and a full realization of the importance and responsibility of their
and his professional associates and the public
generally have been prompt to testify to his ability and to the value of
his services in their midst.

Joseph Brewer Blades comes of a family that has lived in America since
prior to the War of the Revolution and was born July
5, 1876, on a farm in Ottawa County, Kansas, being a son of Harrison and
Thirza Augusta (Brewer) Blades. His grandfather,
Samuel Thomas Blades, was born in the East, probably in Maryland, and
a seafaring life, his death occurring in 1887
at Baltimore. In that city, in 1845, was born Harrison Blades, who was
reared there and received his education in the public
schools. In his youth he followed various pursuits without getting any
real start in life, but in 1870 came to the West, settling on
a homestead farm of 160 acres in Ottawa County, which he proved up and
cultivated for several years. After his marriage he
settled on the homestead of his wife, a tract of eighty acres in the same
county, and in later years disposed of his 160 acre
property by sale and rounded out his career on the smaller farm, where
he died in 1895. Mr. Blades was one of the men of
Ottawa County who laid broad and deep the foundations for the building
of a lasting prosperity, and who through persistence
and continued industry overcame hardships and made possible the
of a modern civilization. He was a republican,
but did not take any active part in public life. An active member of the
Methodist Episcopal Church, he took a helpful part in its
work during his early years, but after coming to Kansas his opportunities
were fewer in this direction, although he always lived
his faith and gave a helping hand to religious movements. Mr. Blades was
married in Ottawa County, in the early '70s, to Thirza
Augusta Brewer, who was born in Athens County, Ohio, in 1849, and who still
survives her husband and resides on the
homestead in Ottawa County. She was a girl when she came to Ottawa County,
and has lived to witness numerous wonderful
changes in the country to which she came when it was still largely as it
had been left by the westward moving Indians. To Mr.
and Mrs. Blades there were born the following five children: Samuel Thomas,
a graduate of the University Medical College,
Kansas City, Missouri, class of 1903, with degree of Doctor of Medicine,
and now a practicing physician and surgeon of
Scottsville, Mitchell County, Kansas, Joseph Brewer, of this notice;
who died at the age of five years; Charles
Augustus, who is an agriculturist of the locality of Minneapolis, Kansas;
and James, an expert lard man and resident of Chicago,
where he has charge of 250 men in one of the great Chicago packing plants.

Joseph Brewer Blades was educated in the rural schools of Ottawa County,
Kansas, and the high school at Minneapolis, from
which he was graduated with the class of 1894. Like many of his professional
brethren in Jewell County, Doctor Blades started
his career in the school room, for during a period of five years he taught
in the rural districts of Ottawa County, and in the
meantime found time to give to assisting his father in farming and to attend
Salina University. He was graduated from this
institution in 1898. For two terms, 1901 and 1902, he attended Kansas
as a student of the literary department, and
in 1902 and 1903 studied medicine in the same institution, following which
he entered Kansas City Medical College. Graduated
in 1905, with the degree of Doctor of Medicine, in that year he came to
Randall and started in practice, and here has continued
to add to his reputation and his clientele with the passing of the years.
He has a general medical and surgical practice and is
considered a skilled and thorough practitioner and a careful, steady-handed
surgeon, and his success in many difficult cases has
won him public confidence. He is the owner of Randall's chief pharmacy,
located on Main Street, in which his offices are
located, and owns likewise a building for offices on Main Street, his
at Randall and 240 acres of valuable farming
land three miles northwest of Randall. In politics he has always preferred
to use his own judgment in the choice of principles
and candidates, and for this reason has refused to be bound by party ties,
taking an independent stand and voting rather for
man than organization. He has done his share of public service, having
served capably as a member of the school board of
Randall for seven years, and has also been a member of the city council
for four years, and his official record is as worthy as
that which he has made professionally. Doctor Blades is social in his
and out of his busy life finds time for the
relaxations and diversions which rest the mind and invigorate the body.
He is fraternally connected with Randall Lodge No.
304, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, of which he is past master; Jewell
Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; and Randall
Camp, Modern Woodmen of America, while as a member of his calling he belongs
to the various medical organizations.
Professionally he belongs to the emancipated class whose mind is open to
light, and who sanction the beliefs of the past only so
far as they are in harmony with the greater progress and enlightenment
of the present. He takes time to investigate the new
order of things, and has the breadth of mind to judge wisely yet
One might say that a great capacity for
painstaking effort constitutes one of his chief mental assets, as well
as a genuine liking for the enormous amount of work entailed
by his supreme allegiance to a fascinating and inexhaustible science.

Doctor Blades married in 1907, in Jewell County, Kansas, Miss Goldie Lenora
Buckles, daughter of Thomas A. and Katherine
(Engle) Buckles, who reside at Ames, Cloud County, Kansas, in which
Mr Buckles is engaged in agricultural
pursuits. Mr. and Mrs. Blades are the parents of two children: Josephine
Lenore, born November 21, 1908; and Roger
Thomas, born November 20, 1913.

A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written and compiled by William
E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society,
Topeka. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, copyright 1918; transcribed

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