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Drake Family Obituaries
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Walter Drake's Obituary:
From: Ellen Lutz
Date: Sunday, November 04, 2001 4:46 AM

Walter Drake, son of Larnard and Susanna Phillips Drake.
His siblings were: Melvin, Larnard, Jotham, William Martin, Susanna P., Hiram Sanford, Mary Ann and Phylura Drake.

Walter Drake's Obituary:


An Old Resident of Laingsburg Died May 5th, 1900 INTERRED AT HENDERSON
He leaves Two Children, Besides a Host of Warm Friends.

(in the body of the obit, date of death is stated to be May 5, 1903)

Walter Drake was born in Massachusetts May 20, 1808, and died in this village May 5, 1903. Thus is summed up a long and eventful life in the early history of Michigan. From childhood to early manhood he lived in Orange county, Vermont, and in 1830 he came to Detroit, where he engaged in fishing and boating on the Detroit River. In 1831 he went to Southfield, Oakland county and purchased a farm in the wilderness, soon after which he was engaged to and married Adaline Hunter, and built for himself a home. Often we have heard him tell of his early experience in pioneer life, when he could step a little way from his home and hunt the deer, the bear, the wild turkey, and the more destructive animal, the wolf.

When the Toledo War broke out he enlisted in the Oakland County Rifles, and was made a lieutenant. Burrell Chipman of Owosso was major.

In 1844 he received an appointment from the government to instruct the Indians at Old Mission, Grand Traverse, in the art of farming. Again in 1848 he returned to Oakland county and remained on his farm until 1860 when he bought a large and newer farm in Genesee county. Later he sold this and went into business with his son in law, HT Lewis, of Owosso, where he remained five years. Again he and his sons went into the wilderness and cleared up a farm, where he lived until 1896, when he came to Laingsburg to live with his son MW (Melvin W.) Drake.

In politics he was a Democrat and was a lifelong reader of the Detroit Free Press which he read from its earliest publication until his eyesight failed him. In religion he was a staunch Methodist having for years filled the position of class leader and steward.

Four children were born to them, Cornelia (or Cordelia) M. Lewis late of Owosso, Mary R. Daniels of Southfield, Oakland county, Lucius S. Drake, who died in Rush township, and Melvin W. Drake of Laingsburg.