Lewis Drake


Lewis Drake, now serving as clerk of Center township, is not only a popular and able official but also one of the most progressive and successful farmers Allamakee, his native county. He owns two hundred acres of land on section 23 and upon this farm he was born March 9, 1871. His father, John Drake, was a native of Canada but was reared in New York state, where he remained until he was twenty-four years of age. From New York he went to Michigan, working in the lumber camps in the winter and in the sawmills in summer and continuing thus until 1868, when he came to Allamakee county. Here he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of slightly improved land, erected thereon good buildings and engaged in general farming until his death, which occurred March 17, 1908, when he was seventy-three years of age. He was a republican in his political beliefs and active in local politics, holding various important township offices and acting as township clerk at the time of his demise. He married, in Michigan, Miss Sarah J. Curley, who was born in Canada but reared in the Wolverine state. They became the parents of five children: Frank, engaged in the real-estate business in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Lewis, of this review; Jennie, who died at the age of twenty-four; C. C., a traveling salesman with headquarters in Sedalia, Missouri; and Clarence, who died in childhood. The mother passed away February 5, 1904. She was a member of the Presbyterian church.

Lewis Drake acquired his education in the district schools of Center township and grew to manhood upon his father’s farm, learning at an early age the various details connected with the operation of the homestead. After his father’s death he purchased the interests of the other heirs and is now sole proprietor of the home place, which is called Lyndale and which is today one of the finest farms in this locality. Since the death of his father Mr. Drake has been serving as township clerk and has proven eminently well qualified for the office, discharging his duties in a conscientious, able and progressive way.

Mr. Drake married Miss Grace M. Phipps, a native of Allamakee county and a daughter of M. T. Phipps, a prominent farmer of La Fayette township. They are the parents of a daughter, Myrtle E., and a son, John Lewis. Mr. Drake hives his political allegiance to the republican party and in matters of citizenship is progressive and public-spirited, taking an active interest in everything pertaining to the general growth and development. He has spent his entire life in cultural interests, combined with his many excellent personal characteristics, have gained him an enviable reputation in the regard of those with whom he is associated.

-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Diana Diedrich

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