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Frank W. Drake Biography This biography appears on pages 1035-1036 in "History of South Dakota" by Doane Robinson, Vol. II (1904) and was scanned, OCRed and edited by Maurice Krueger, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. FRANK W. DRAKE, one of the prosperous and honored farmers of Moody county, claims, the old Granite state as the place of his nativity, since he was born in Merrimack county, New Hampshire, on the 30th of December, 1841. He is a son of W. H. and Betsy (Glines) Drake, both of whom were born and reared in New Hampshire, where the father was a prosperous farmer. In his family were eleven children, and nine of the number are still living. He died in 1892, when well advanced in years, and his wife is still living, both having been zealous and active members of the Methodist Episcopal church, while in politics he was originally a Whig and later a Republican. In 1856, at the age of fifteen years, the subject of this sketch accompanied his parents on their removal to the state of Iowa, the family thus becoming numbered with the pioneers of that commonwealth, where he was reared to maturity under the sturdy discipline of the home farm, while his educational advantages were those afforded by the common schools. On the 16th of August, 1862, Mr. Drake tendered his services in defense of the Union, enlisting as a private in Company K, Twenty- seventh Iowa Volunteer Infantry, with which he rendered valiant and faithful service until the close of the war, when he received his honorable discharge. His command became a part of the Army of the West and he thus was an active participant in the battles of Nashville, Mobile and Pleasant Hill, besides others of importance, and also took part in the Red river campaign under General Banks. After the close of his military service Mr. Drake returned to his home in Mitchell county, Iowa, where he continued to be actively engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1880, when he disposed of his interests there and came to Moody county, South Dakota, where he filed on homestead and timber claims and forthwith inaugurated the improvement and cultivation of the land, which had never been furrowed by the plowshare at the time he secured the property from the government. He now has a fine estate of three hundred and twenty acres, two-thirds of which are under a high state of cultivation and productivity, while the improvements are such as indicate the progressive ideas and good judgment of the owner. In addition to diversified agriculture, in the propagation of the various cereals best adapted to the soil and climate, Mr. Drake also gives not a little attention to the raising of an excellent grade of live stock. His political allegiance is given to the Republican party, and he has been called upon to fill various offices of local trust, having served for six years as justice of the peace and for twelve years as an officer of his school district. On the 30th of December, 1873, Mr. Drake was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Monholland, who was born and reared in Wisconsin, being a daughter of John and Lucind (Burrington) Monholland. Her father was a painter by trade and vocation and was employed in this line in Wisconsin and later in California, where both he and his wife died. Mr. and Mrs. Drake have four children: Carrie is the wife of Frederick Bergstresser, of Wentworth, Lake county, this state; Jennie is the wife of Grant Dockstader, a farmer near Dell Rapids; Hilord H. has the general charge of the homestead farm; and Fair also remains beneath the parental roof, the children having been given good educational advantages.