Blake school was located at the northeast corner of Iris Road and County Road 10.
Longitude: -94.0729935 and Latitude: 37.1728343 The building is no longer standing.
Voters approved a merger of the Blake, Henry, Arthur, Sunflower, Avillla, Rusk, New Hope and Empire
schools in October 1951. The new district would be named the R-13 District.
SCHOOL CAUSE OF A CARTHAGE TRAGEDY
A neighborhood feud over the location and name of a country school house resulted yesterday in a fight in which Lee Duncan,
living near Carthage, shot and killed his uncle, S. F. Duncan, and in turn was perhaps fatally wounded, the Duncans are farmers,
ten miles east of Carthage.
The shooting occurred on the roadway near S. F Duncan's home. Witness say Lee Duncan was waiting for his uncle and when
he drove up opened fire with a revolver. The old man armed with a repeating shotgun returned the fire. S. F. Duncan was shot five times
and the nephew three times. The nephew was taken to a hospital at Carthage and it is believed he cannot recover.
The school controversy has raged in the particular locality three years and caused considerable litigation and ill feeling among friends
and families. A conflagration (fire) destroyed the old schoolhouse and the directors desired to change the location and name of the new
Then the trouble arose. The uncle it is asserted, accused his nephew of setting fire to the old building.
S. F. Duncan, just before he died, made a statement in which he said his nephew fired the first shot. The dead man was 56 years old
and a bachelor. His friends assert he was on his way to Carthage to have authorities put his nephew under peace bond.
Source: THE GALENA EVENING TIMES Tue. Apr. 29, 1913 p1 c2
The Blake school district, located southeast of Avilla and northwest of LaRussell, is the last to have a school house. It is now on course
of erection at a cost of $1200 for the building and equipment and is expected to be completed by the end of this month so that school
can open the first of October.
Carthage Evening Press, Sept. 9, 1913