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HARVEY SCOTT DRAKE

Among the progressive business men of Marysville is Harvey Scott Drake, who is known for his public-spirited devotion to the general welfare as proprietor of the Motor Park Grocery, which was established in February, 1923, its stock consisting of staple and fancy groceries and campers’ supplies. His birth occurred at Hansonville, Yuba County, Cal., on January 3, 1855; and he is the eldest of three children born to James H. and Henrietta (Buckius) Drake, natives of New York and Ohio, respectively. James H. Drake left his native State and went to Detroit, Mich., and later to St. Louis, where he worked as a clerk in a store until the early fifties, when he crossed the plains. He was married in 1854 to Miss Henrietta Buckius, a daughter of Sylvanus Buckius, a native of southern Holland. Sylvanus Buckius was a merchant in Ohio, and made the trip to California via Panama; he owned and conducted one of the first sawmills set up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. James H. Drake conducted a hotel near Honcut from 1852 to 1855. In 1855 he removed to Marysville, but in the fall of 1857 he went to Strawberry Valley, where he purchased the Corey store, which was owned and conducted by the family until 1918, when the property was sold. James H. Drake was very prosperous in his mining operations, and for seven years he owned and operated the Pinkard Creek mine. Both he and his wife are now deceased.

Harvey Scott Drake attended the Strawberry Valley school until he was fourteen years old. Then he attended grammar school in Oakland, and later entered the McClure Military Academy, Oakland, where he became first lieutenant of cadets. After finishing his education he became associated in business with his parents at Strawberry Valley. After his father died, Harvey S. and his brother Edwin D. F. ran the mine and the store; and when the latter died, Harvey S. Drake ran it alone until 1918, when it was sold. From 1917 to 1919 Mr. Drake was at Ocean Falls, B.C., as hydraulic engineer on construction of the Crown Willamette Paper Mills. Then he returned to California and for a year was a fruit rancher in Orangevale, after which he spent a year in Strawberry Valley, until in February, 1923, when he started the Motor Park Grocery in Marysville.

The first marriage of Mr. Drake united him with Miss Charlotte McQuesten, a native of New Hampshire, daughter of the late H. S. McQuesten, a pioneer of California. Mr. and Mrs. Drake were the parents of one daughter, Zanita, now the wife of Jasper S. Connell, construction engineer in New York and British Columbia; and they have one daughter, Barbara. About four years after Mrs. Drake’s death, Mr. Drake was married, at Oroville, on September 27, 1901, to Miss Mary Campbell, daughter of the late Thomas W. Campbell. Thomas W. Campbell was born in Boston, and in 1849 came to California, where he engaged in installing machinery in various sawmills throughout the State. He married Miss Mary Sweeney, a native of Boston, Mass. The Sweeney family were substantial and prosperous hat manufacturers in Boston. There were four children in the Campbell family: William, deceased; Mary, now Mrs. Drake; Zadie, deceased, survived by two children; and Clara, the widow of Steve Buckley, of Saratoga, Cal. Mrs. Drake was born in Grass Valley, but was reared and educated in Marysville. She taught private school for ten years in Marysville, where she is well and favorably known. Mr. Drake served for many years as justice of the peace and school trustee in Strawberry Valley district; and as a Republican, he has taken an active interest in the political affairs of Yuba County.

History of Yuba and Sutter Counties, Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, 1924

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