WILLIAM STEWART DRAKE.
The old family homestead in Wapello township was the birthplace of William Stewart Drake who is now one of the
well known farmers of Louisa county and his natal day was March to, 1870. He is a son of Jonathan C. and Mary (Hoffman)
Drake, the former of whom was born in Indiana, May to, 1822, and the latter in Pennsylvania, October 31, 1843.
The father was one of the early settlers of Louisa county, arriving here in 1837. He located on one hundred and
sixty acres of wild land and broke the prairie with oxen, being obliged to endure many of the trials and privations
of pioneer days. He persevered manfully and became the owner of five hundred and ten acres of good land,. also
gaining a reputation as one of the reliable citizens of the county. He died April 14, 1903, being then in his eighty
first year, his wife having been called away April 10, 1902. There were four children in their family: Rhoda C.,
who married A. T. Ball, of Louisa county; William Stewart, of this sketch; Nellie M., deceased; and Eva F., who
is the wife of W. S. Gunnels, of Louisa county.
William Stewart Drake possessed good advantages of education in the common schools. As he grew to manhood he remained
with his parents, it being necessary for him to assist his father on account of the increasing infirmities of the
latter. He inherited his portion of the estate after the death of his father and subsequently purchased land of
the other heirs, so that at the present time he is the owner of a beautiful farm of two hundred and eighty acres
which he manages to excellent advantage. He carries on agriculture and also is a general stock raiser, feeding
and shipping cattle and hogs for the market. His farm is located on sections 28 and 29 and his residence is one
of the pleasing features of the landscape.
On November 5, 1891, Mr. Drake was married to Miss Emma A. Shipman, a daughter of P. 0. and Orlena Shipman, and
to them one child, Wilbur, was born, who is now living at home with his father. Mrs. Drake died May 5, 1893, and
Mr. Drake was married August 26, 1897, to Miss Carrie Hoffman, a daughter of Johnson and Mary (Mitchell) Hoffman,
who were the parents of seven children, namely: Myrtle O., who died in infancy; Carrie, now Mrs. William S. Drake;
Pearl A., who lives in Des Moines; Charles C., of Moravia; Edward K., of Nebraska; Floyd J., who lives near Monmouth,
Illinois; and Bert, at home.
Politically Mr. Drake yields a willing allegiance to the democratic party, believing that its principles are in
accord with the best interests of the entire country. In religious belief he adheres to the Methodist church. His
agricultural operations have been conducted with thoroughness and skill and his home is one of comfort and happiness,
being the center of genuine hospitality. He has contributed his part toward the progress of his section and his
record has been that of a praiseworthy citizen and an honest man.
History of Louisa County, Iowa
From Its Earliest Settlement to 1912
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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