Frederick Leander Blair
|Born||June 14, 1867|
Amherst, Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada
|Died||April 1, 1951 (aged 83)|
Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
|Resting place||Amherst, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia, Canada|
April 25, 1947 A newspaper article mistakenly claimed Fred had died Seeking more information in regard to Oak Island and it's supposed treasure. Edward R. Snow of Boston has been here conferring with Fred L. Blair who has been lessee of this famous island for several decades. Mr. Snow also wanted to see Mr. Blair for another reason. He had stated in a broadcast on Oak Island a short time ago that Mr. Blair had not been able to find the treasure and had died of a broken heart. It happened that Mr. Blair was listening to the broadcast and immediately wrote Mr. Snow that he was very much still alive. He has been Registrar of Probate in Amherst for many years. This brought the broadcaster to Amherst, after coming by plane from Boston to Oak Island and from there to Dartmouth and to Amherst. Mr Snow secured a number of photographs of Treasure island an expressed himself as greatly interested in the wealth of historic lore in Cumberland County. He plans to return to Nova Scotia in the summer.
Fred L. Blair Dies Suddenly in Hospital
The death of Frederick Leander Blair, one of Amherst's oldest active citizens occurred in the Victoria General Hospital, Halifax on Sunday Morning. Mr Blair was in his 84th year and had been ill for nearly a month. He was taken to Halifax on March 21 after being a patient at Highland View Hospital for approximately one week. Mr Blair was well known in the Maritime and in Canada and the United States through his connection with the world famous Oak Island, believed to be the hiding place of Captain Kidd's treasure. Mr Blair had been interested in the search for the pirate loot for the past 60 years and held the lease for the treasure being buried on the island. He was born at Thomson Station in 1867, son of the late William and Susan Blair. He lived in Amherst in his earlier year moving to Calgary in 1912, where he carried on an insurance business. He returned to Amherst in 1931 where he continued his insurance business until appointed registrar of probate in 1939. He was a past master of Alexandra Lodge A.F. and AM and attended the First Baptist Church. He is survived by one son, Gordon of Saint John, one sister, Mrs., Reina Quinn of Bayside, and one granddaughter, Marie, Mrs. Clayton Smith of Patterson, N.J. His wife and son Colin predeceased him in 1943. The remains are resting at Campbell's Funeral Home until Tuesday night when they will be taken to Colonial Hall from where the funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock.
The Late F. L. Blair
Mention of the name of the late Fred Blair inevitably brings up remembrance of the Oak Island Treasure and his interest in what was supposed to have been left on this South Shore Island by the old time navigator and pirate Captain William Kidd. Mr. Blair was deeply obsessed with the possibilities of this search and was article associated in it for many years and had the almost exclusive right to operate the property. All the prospecting and shaft-sinking that was ever done on this Island failed to disclose the fabulous treasure, but once in a while something out of the ordinary was revealed and this led to renewed interest in the search. But this was not his whole life. He lived in Amherst many years and worked for others in his younger days after coming here from Thomson Station where he was born, and after some time spend in the West where he conducted an insurance business returned to Amherst and developed the same kind of business here. Some twelve years ago he was appointed Registrar of Probate in Amherst and, though not a lawyer, made himself intimately acquainted with all the responsibilities of that important position and fulfilled them to the better. It is our impression that he was an exceptionally capable official and that he worked many long hours to keep abreast of the much business that was constantly coming to that office. His moments of relaxation in recent years were very few. He was a good community man and actively interested in the work of First Baptist Church and his many and varied experiences and excellent memory made him an interesting conversationalist. The number of our citizen who can talk authoritatively of the Amherst of sixty years ago are now very few. His tall spare figure was very familiar on our streets and now that he has gone on the long last treasure trove there will be renewed though of that romantic island that engaged his through and dreams for so many years. With the departing day now past may the sun rise brightly for him on the other shore.