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Prof. Warren A. DRAKE
From the Portrait & Biographical Album of Hillsdale, MI, 1888, p.545.
Prof. Warren A. DRAKE, Superintendent of Schools of Hillsdale Co. and Secretary of the County Board of School Examiners, is admirably fitted for his present position to which he was called in 1887. He has made the cause of education a study for over 20 years and commenced his career as an instuctor in the famous Oberlin Commercial College of Ohio, with which institution he was connected for a period of five years before coming to Michigan. Soon after his arrival in Hillsdale Co. in 1867, he became connected with the commercial department of Hillsdale College, in which institution he remained for fourteen years, ten years of which he was Director of the city schools. During the same time he served as Supervisor of the First and Second Wards and has continuously been the incumbent of responsible offices, in connection with the public schools in this part of the State.
Prof. DRAKE was born in Trumball Co., OH, Mar. 9, 1843, the son of Aaron and Mary (WILLIAMS) DRAKE, both natives of NJ. They became residents of Ohio about 1820, before their marriage. After uniting their fortunes they settled upon a farm in Trumball Co. where they lived until the death of the father Aug. 22, 1855. They had a family of eight children, four of whom still survive.
Our subject spent the first 15 years of his life at the homestead in Trumball Co, making good use of his opportunities at the district schools. When 16 years old, he entered Hiram College, taking a three year course which fitted him for his duties as an instructor at Oberlin. Since becoming a resident of this county, in addition to the positions already mentioned, he has represented Hillsdale Co. twice before the State Board of Equalization, and in Dec. 1887, was elected President of the State Association of County Superintendents and School Examiners. He is also a member and Associate Secretary of the State Reading Circle Council.
Prof. DRAKE has been a member of the City Board of Education and, most of the time, Director of the district for the past nine years. He has served for the past three years as President of the Hillsdale Teachers Association and also as State Institute Instructor in other counties of Michigan. At Oberlin he was a member of the First Congregational Church but is now identified with the Presbyterian Church in Hillsdale, being one of its four Deacons.
On May 5, 1870, Mr. Drake was united in marriage with Miss Louise FALLEY, a daughter of Dr. John FALLEY, of Hillsdale, where she was born Feb. 11, 1848. They occupy a handsome home at the intersection of State and Salem Streets