"History of Huntington County, Indiana"1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 550-51
James J. Blair. Among the residents of Huntington county whose abilities have been recognized by election to public office is James J. Blair, who has served as trustee of Salamonie township since 1912. He has spent his entire career in this township, and has devoted his life to agricultural pursuits.
Mr. Blair was born in Salamonie township, Huntington county, Indiana, March 1, 1846, and is a son of Thomas and Cynthia (Irwin) Blair. The Blair family is of German-Scotch origin, and was founded in Indiana by the grandparents of Mr. Blair, George and Jane Blair. The Irwins, who originated in Ireland, came to Indiana one year later from North Carolina. Thomas Blair was born in Pennsylvania, and was a lad of fifteen years when he accompanied his parents to Huntington county, the family settling in Salamonie township. He enjoyed the privileges of a good common school education, following which he learned the trade of cabinetmaker, an occupation which he followed until his death. He was a man of versatile talents and much mechanical ability, and also worked as a general carpenter and wheelwright, in addition to spending some time at farming. Thomas and Cynthia Blair were the parents of six children, of whom three survive: Louisa J., the wife of James Robinett, of Allen county, Indiana; George, a resident of Akron, Ohio; and James J.
James J. Blair was reared on his fatherâ€™s homestead place on section 16, Salamonie township, and secured his educational training in the district school of this vicinity. He was but fourteen years of age at the time of his fatherâ€™s death, and he then laid aside his books to devote himself to learning the trade of carpenter, having inherited much of his fatherâ€™s mechanical skill along with his carpenter tools. This vocation he followed for many years, but he has also carried on farming, and at this time has a property of twenty acres in Salamonie township. He is known as an honorable man in his business transactions and faithful to every engagement, so that he holds a high place in the esteem and confidence of his fellow-citizens. Politically a democrat, in 1912 he became the candidate of his party for the office of township trustee and was duly elected, taking office June 1st of that year. In his official capacity he has shown the same conscientious attention to details and fidelity to duty that have marked his personal activities, and his township has profited greatly thereby. Mr. Blair is a consistent member of the Christian church at Plum Tree and for some time has served as deacon.
On November 12, 1866, Mr. Blair was married to Miss Sallie Hamilton, who was born in Clinton county, Ohio, and came to Rock Creek township, Huntington county, when she was four years of age. Later the family came to Salamonie township and here she received her education in the public schools. Mr. and Mrs. Blair have two children: Nellie, the widow of Eugene Rittgers; and Leanora, who married A. Melling, of Blackford county, Indiana. Curtis Blair, formerly of Rock Creek township, died February 12, 1911.