Obit: Drake, George F. (1850 - 1922)

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Surnames: Drake, Harriman, Mallory, Kidd, Winn, Beeckler, Beecher, Dankemyer, Davis, Ives, Allbaugh, Beatty, Smith, Peck, Harding

----Source: Neillsville Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 03/09/1922

Drake, George F. ( 25 April 1850 - 10 March 1922)

On Friday, March 10th, Geo. F. Drake one of the pioneers of Clark County, passed away at the home of his on Walter Drake at Heathville.

Mr. Drake was born in the town of Russell, St. Lawrence Co., New York, April 24th, 1850. He grew to manhood there in 1874 was united in marriage with Miss Rhoda Harriman, at Hopkinton, N.Y. They come west in 1880, and located at Maple Works near the present site of Granton. Although he has made several trips to the west and at times made quite extended stays there, he has always looked upon Clark County as his home since he came here. He was a man well adapted to meet the trials of pioneer life; strong and courageous, kind hearted and generous, and made friends readily by his good nature and neighborly ways.

He is survived by his wife, the son Walter Drake of Heathville, a son Lyman and daughter Julia at Ellensburg, Wash. The mother was visiting these children at Ellensburg and by reason of sickness none of them could come to the funeral. One brother Nathan Drake of Index, Washington, was also detained at home by sickness. The funeral was held Monday in the Windfall Adventist church, burial taking place in Granton cemetery. Rev. Wilson Mallory preached the funeral sermon; the singers where Neil Kidd, Byrl Winn, Mrs. Ora Beeckler and miss Lulu Beecher; pall bearers were Aug. Dankemyer, Gordon Davis, George Ives, Adam Allbaugh, Howard Beatty and W.W. Smith. Among those from away were A.A. Peck, a brother-in-law from Rhinelander, his two daughters Adelia of Marshfield and Mrs. Abel Harding, Sr. of Neillsville, also Mr. Harding and their two sons, Abel Jr. and Chester, of Neillsville.



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