John William Lake. - One of the leading morticians of Columbus is John William Lake, whose modern funeral home
is located at 2372 Cleveland Avenue. He was born at Wheeling, West Virginia, April 25, 1889, the son of Edward
and Anna (McAfee) Lake.
Edward Lake spent his entire life at Wheeling, West Virginia, and was associated with a glass manufacturing concern
for many years. He died in 1926 and his widow resides at North Canton, Ohio. To Mr. and Mrs. Lake were born three
children: Bessie, married Roscoe H. VanDike, and she died in 1918; John William, the subject of this sketch; and
Maude, married Clifford Henthorne, lives at Uhrichsville, Ohio.
John William Lake was three years old when his parents removed to Cadiz, Ohio, where he was educated in the public
schools. He was employed by the Adams Express Company, at Steubenville, Ohio, for a time, and then spent two years
with the Pennsylvania Railroad Company as a passenger brakeman. In 1920 Mr. Lake completed a course of study at
the Columbus Embalming School, and had various business connections in the city until 1927, at which time he became
associated with R. L. Southwick, their funeral home being located at 2561 Cleveland Avenue. The partnership was
dissolved in May, 1930, and at that time Mr. Lake removed to his present location, 2372 Cleveland Avenue. He renders
high grade, efficient service and is recognized as one of the dependable business men of the city.
On October 25, 1908, Mr. Lake was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth McGee, of Mingo Junction, Ohio, the daughter
of John and Elaine (Ludwig) McGee. They are the parents of four sons: John F., born July 19, 1910, a medical student
at Ohio State University; Charles A., born January 21, 1913, a graduate of North High School, class of 1930; Sidney
E., born August 10, 1915, attends McKinley Junior High School; and George A., born July 17, 1918, attends McKinley
Junior High School.
Mr. Lake and his family hold membership in the Presbyterian Church, and he is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge
and Eagles Club.
History of Franklin County, Ohio
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930
Franklin County, OH
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