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Charles F. Drake Biography This biography is from "Memorial and biographical record; an illustrated compendium of biography, containing a compendium of local biography, including biographical sketches of prominent old settlers and representative citizens of South Dakota..." Published by G. A. Ogle & Co., Chicago, 1899. Page 399 Scan, OCR and editing by Maurice Krueger,email@example.com, 1998. This file may be freely copied by individuals and non-profit organizations for their private use. Any other use, including publication, storage in a retrieval system, or transmission by electronic, mechanical, or other means requires the written approval of the file's author. This file is part of the SDGENWEB Archives. If you arrived here inside a frame or from a link from somewhere else, our front door is at rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/sd/sdfiles.htm CHARLES F. DRAKE. The farming interests of Rome township, Davison county, have a worthy exponent in the person of the gentleman above named, who operates a farm in section 25. His skill and thorough practical knowledge of his calling have been potent factors in producing the present solid prosperity of the locality, and it is with pleasure that we present to the readers of this volume a short sketch of his career. The subject of our sketch is of English extraction, and of the lineage of the celebrated Sir Francis Drake. He was born in Jefferson county, New York, February 28, 1845, the fourth child and the oldest son of Alfred and Malinda (Clark) Drake, whose family numbered eight. In 1862, our subject enlisted in Company C, Tenth New York Artillery, and thus fell his lot to become a part of the Army of the Potomac, and he participated in many of the leading and hotly contested battles of the war, among them being the battles of the Wilderness, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Gettysburg, etc. However, Mr. Drake was one of the very fortunate ones who escaped without a wound, although his hearing was badly injured by the firing of a salute when the Goddess of Liberty was uncovered at Fort Davis, and his deafness was made still worse while before Richmond. After three years of continuous service in the army, he was mustered out at Sacketts Harbor, July 7, 1865. The following year he went to Davis county, Missouri, and was there engaged in farming and stock raising until the fall of 1881,when he located on the farm he now owns, the southwest quarter of section 25, township 101, range 60, and developed it into a wheat and stock farm. He soon began to give special attention to his stock, and branched out more and more in that line of business until he has become one of the established, buyers and shippers of Davison county. making his headquarters at the village of Ethan, which is near his home. Mr. Drake is a men of excellent judgment and foresight, is endowed with activity, persistence and a good capacity for well-directed labor, which have placed him in the forefront among the farmers of his vicinity. Religiously he is connected with the Methodist Episcopal church, and in politics he heartily endorses the policy of equal suffrage and also of the prohibition of the sale of liquor. Socially he affiliates with the Grand Army of the Republic, Ricketts Post, No, 6.3. He is also serving as county commissioner of the fourth district at the present time. In 1867, Mr. Drake was united in marriage to Miss Cynthia A. Moore, who was born in Missouri, in 1841, a daughter of Lytle and Cynthia (Wilcox) Moore. To this congenial union have been born a family of four children, three of whom are now living, whose names in the order of their birth are as follows: Eva, now Mrs. J. Toban; Arthur and Minnie.