Biography of Charles F. Drake
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Drake, Charles F., was born in Troy in 1851. His grandfather, Samuel Drake, was born in Ulster county and came to Troy when young; he was a captain in the Mexican war. His father, Francis Drake, founder of the business in which the subject of the sketch is engaged, was born in 1838 and died in 1876. His mother was Mary (Wheeler) Drake, of Troy, daughter of Capt. John Wheeler. After a common school education, Charles F. entered the store of his father on River street in the saddlery business. After the death of his father in 1876 the business was carried on by Winnie, Burdict & Co., which was succeeded by Winnie & Drake and in 1890 Mr. Drake purchased Mr. Winnie's interest and since that time has conducted the business himself, which is now one of the largest stores of the kind in the State

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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