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Scots and Scots Descendant in America
Part V - Biographies
Thomas J Blain


THOMAS J. BLAIN, one of the most popular and respected citizens of Westchester County and an enterprising publisher of Port Chester, N. Y., was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, September 1, 1861, son of Thomas and Eliza Ireland Blain. His father was of an old Ayrshire family, and his mother a native of K.irkcudbright, both descendants of farmers.Mr. Blain received his education in St. Stephen’s School, Edinburgh, where he afterward taught for five years. He came to New York in 1881 and was employed on several daily and weekly newspapers about New York City until 1887, when he left the Flushing, N. Y., Journal to take a place on the staff of the Port Chester Enterprise. He became the owner of the Enterprise in 1891 and established the Port Chester Daily Item in 1899. He now operates a large printing and publishing plant, publishes a daily newspaper of large circulation throughout Westchester County and eastern Connecticut, and does an extensive business in commercial and law printing.

Mr. Blain is a member of the St. Andrew’s Society of the State of New York, Burns Society, Scottish Society, and Scottish Home Rule Association, New York; and of Mamaro Lodge, F. & A. M., Armour Chapter, R. A. M., Bethlehem Commandery, K. T.. and Mecca Temple, A. A. 0. N. M. S.; the Port Chester Lodge of Elks, Red Men, Foresters, Knights of Pythias, Royal Arcanum, and Order of Scottish Clans.

Mr. Blain married, May 4, 1902, Emma Eugenia, daughter of the late Thomas Wood, of Roslyn, N. Y. She died July 14, 1902. On April 30, 1904, he married her sister, Mary E. Olmsted Wood. Their beautiful home in Port Chester is noted for its taste and hospitality; Mr. and Mrs. Blain’s generosity is extended to every deserving cause. Mr. Blain is a vestryman of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Mrs. Blain has contributed liberally to the local hospital, and for many years has served as its Secretary. Mr. Blain visits Scotland every second year and takes a deep interest in everything pertaining to his native land. Both he and his wife are fond of motoring and have taken many long trips through New England and elsewhere.


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