Blalock, Bryan (1895–1964)

By: Narcie Moore Crosby

Type: Biography

Published: 1976

Updated: November 1, 1994

Bryan Blalock, leader in the dairy industry, son of William Meredith and Willie (Boothe) Blalock, was born on November 16, 1895, on a farm four miles south of Marshall. He finished high school in Marshall, then attended the University of Texas for two years. Before he was twenty-one he was elected tax collector of Harrison County; afterward he assisted in starting the Marshall Morning News (later the Marshall News Messenger). He was elected manager of the Marshall Chamber of Commerce in 1921 and served until 1930. Then he joined in organizing the Texas Milk Products Company and served as its president until 1943, when the firm was sold to the Borden Company. Blalock expanded the operation from one plant to five and became vice president and public relations director of Borden's southern division. He served for seven terms as president of the Texas Dairy Institute and for many years served on national committees affecting the dairy industry. He organized the East Texas Dairy Finance Corporation, which lent money to farmers to buy dairy cows.

During the last twenty years of his life Blalock became widely known as a speaker. He made more than 2,000 speeches in thirty-eight states and Canada and was noted for his keen sense of humor and his faith in free enterprise. He was a Methodist and a thirty-second-degree Mason. He married Irby Davis on September 18, 1918, and they had two daughters. He died on June 13, 1964, at Marshall, and was buried in Grange Hall Cemetery there.

Longview Daily News, June 15, 1964.

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Narcie Moore Crosby, “Blalock, Bryan,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 20, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

November 1, 1994