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Commemorative Biographical Record of Northeastern Pennsylvania including the counties of Susquehanna, Wayne, Pike and Monroe (Chicago, Illinois, J. H. Beers & Company, 1900), 780.
Daniel E. Drake, M.D., is engaged in the practice of medicine and surgery in Equinunk, Wayne county, and has that love for and devotion to his profession which has brought him to his success, and won for him a place among the ablest representatives of the medical fraternity in Wayne county.
Born at Loomis, Delaware Co., N. Y., in June 1864, our subject is a son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Deutalier) Drake. The father is a native of the same county, born near the town of Hobart, and was a son of Joshua and Mary Drake, representatives of old and prominent families of Connecticut. For several years after his marriage, the father of our subject worked at the blacksmith's trade in Broome county, N.Y., and then returned to Delaware county, locating first in the village of Little York, and a few years later on a farm, where he spent his remaining days, dying October 26, 1891. His wife was called to her final rest in 1884.
Of the six children of the family, the first four were born in Broome county, the other two in Delaware county, N.Y. (1) Mary, born May 1, 1847, was educated in the public schools of Broome and Delaware counties, and is now the wife of George Niles of Trout Creek, Delaware county, by whom she has three children: Berton and Ismay, still living, and Althea (deceased). (2) Charles, born in 1851, married Anna Howes, of Delaware county, and had two children; Leverne and Mildred. In 1878 he was seriously injured by slipping from a load of hay, and died a few days later. (3) James B., born in 1853, completed his literary education at the Walton (N.Y.) Academy, and for some time engaged in teaching in the public schools of Delaware and Broome counties. After attending medical lectures at Baltimore Md., he graduated with the degree of M.D., in 1882, and is now a prominent practicing physicial of Hancock, N.Y. He married Margaret Ronk, of Binghamton, N. Y., and has four children: Charles, Roscoe, Alta (deceased) and Gladys. (4) Ella A., born in 1856, was educated in the public schools of Delaware county, and is now the wife of Horace J. Howes, a farmer of Walton, that county, by who she has three children, Samuel J., and Eva, living; and Jessie, who died at the age of eight years. (5) Marietta e., born in 1861, received a common-school education, and married Clifford A. Bundy, of Otsego county, N. Y., where he died in 1891, leaving a widow and one daughter, Prudy. One child died in infancy.
In the county of his nativity
Dr. Drake received the rudiments of his education, and also became familiar with farm work upon the old homestead. After attending the graded schools of Hancock, in 1885, he commenced the study of medicine with his brother, and later attended medical lectures at the University of Vermont, where he graduated with the degree of M. D., in 1889. Immediately afterward he opened an office in Equinunk, where he soon succeeded in building up a large and paying practice. Being a progressive member of his profession, he keeps abreast of the latest discoveries and theories by his perusal of medical journals. His skill and ability are attested by the liberal patronage which he now enjoys.
In 1890 Dr. Drake was united in marriage with Miss Belle Walley, of Deposit, N. Y., a daughter of John and Almira Walley, prominent people of that village. The Doctor and his wife have two children, both born in Equinunk: Leonore E., born July 14, 1893; and Leo B., born December 31, 1896. The family have a beautiful home near the banks of the Delaware river, on the Como road, it being a corner lot, and formerly the property of L. W. Lord, Dr. Drake having purchased it in 1892. They are leading members of the Methodist Episcopal Church; politically, he is identified with the Democratic party.