Biography of George E. Drake
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Drake, George E., born in Elmira, N. Y., August 25, 1853, had the privileges of the graded schools of that city. February 3, 1871, he began work for the Northern Central Railroad Company as brakeman. January 21, 1873, he was promoted to the position of freight conductor and in August, 1886, he became conductor of a passenger train. December 30, 1875, occurred his marriage with Isabel S., oldest daughter of Moses and Jane Seeley, formerly of Orange County, N. Y., by whom he has six children, viz.: Winnie B., Bernice A., Kate G., Harry L., Frank E., and Frederick J. Mr. Drake's father, James H., was born in Reading, Schuyler County, N. Y., November 5, 1816, and came to Elmira in 1840 and entered the service of the Williamsport and Elmira Railroad Company (now the Northern Central) in 1851, and was in their employ until 1877, most of the time as conductor. He was twice married, first, to Aryilla Corwin, by whom he had six children. For his second wife he married Mary Lane, of Sussex County, N. J. They had one son, George E. James H. Drake was a member of the Baptist Church of Elmira for fifty one years, and died December 27, 1890. His mother was a member of the same church forty years, and died January 1, 1891.

From:
Our County and its people
A History of the Valley and County of Chemung
BY: Ausburn Towner
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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