John Johnston BLAKE [c.1870-1925]
J.J. Blake is mentioned in the article on the Happy Valley Racecourse fire of 1918 recently posted by David, as the business partner of John Olson (1884-1951) and my grandfather Charles Edward Warren (1872-1923).
In the 1904 South China Directory entry for C.E. Warren & Co. only C.E. Warren, J. Olson and F.X. Souza, overseer, are listed. The 1904-6 volume of the South China Directory is the only one held in the UK and is quoted in the unpublished document, The Warren Family History by Evelyn Warren's son, Brian Lewis. Later articles in the press still quote John Olson as the only other partner in C.E. Warren & Co..
It is possible that another company existed with John Olson, Charles Warren and J.J. Blake as partners. It would be necessary to consult the South China Directory for 1918.
John Johnston Blake (possibly Imperial Maritime Customs) is given on a Carl Smith card that I have not yet ordered. He may be the son of John Albert Blake of the Taikoo Sugar Refinery, continuously mentioned on Jury lists from 1884 onwards. It would certainly be interesting to have more information about J.J. Blake, if available in Hong Kong archives.