Biography of Eli B. Drake
Owego, Tioga County, NY Biographies





ELI B. DRAKE was born in the town of Vestal, November 17, 1826, and was the son of William T. Drake who came from Dutchess county to Binghamton and looked for a location on the old Brandywine creek, but he was induced to change hismind and finally went to Little Snake creek in. the town of Vestal. In his family were eleven children of whom Eli and John M., moved to Owego. Eli learned the cooper's trade with Robert Service in Binghamton, then went to Susquehanna county, Pa., and run a shop about two years. He then worked on the construction of the Erie railroad between Binghamton and Owego, after which he went to Ithaca and worked on what is now the D., L. & W. railroad construction. In 1849 he came to Owego and opened a cooper's shop on North avenue on a site then owned by Squire Cameron. In the next year he bought the property he now occupies and has been engaged in business on the same site for almost fifty years, in fact Mr. Drake is one of the oldest business men of Owego village. He began poor and by industry and frugality has accumulated a good property. He has always been a democrat but has taken no active part in politics. His wife was Sarah J. Middaugh.

From:
OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A MEMORIAL HISOTRY OF TIOGA COUNTY
NEW YORK
EDITED BY: LEROY W. KINGMAN
W. A. FERGUSSON & CO. ELMIRA, N. Y., 189?


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