Biography of J. C. M. Drake
Erie County, PA Biographies

Dr. J. C. M. Drake, who has ranked among Erie's leading physicians and surgeons for many years, is a native of New York. He was born at Panama, Chautauqua County, June 24, 1855, and is the son of Col Jeremiah C. and Clara (Utley) Drake.

Col. Jeremiah C. Drake, deceased, was a descendant of one of the earliest families of New England. His father was a colonel of militia and his grandfather was a captain in the Revolutionary War. His ancestors were among the first settlers of the Empire State, and were descendants of the renowned Sir Francis Drake, the first circumnavigator of the globe. Colonel Drake was born at Salisbury, N. Y., April 19, 1824. At an early age he embraced religion under the Harmony Baptist Association, and throughout his life adhered with his whole heart and soul to his faith. He was graduated from Rochester University in 1852 and also during that year was ordained pastor of a church which he had organized at Churchville, N. Y. Later he had a pastorate at Westfield, N. Y., and at the outbreak of the Civil War he joined the 49th New York Infantry as a captain under the Command of Col. D. D. Bidwell. In the fall of 1862 he was commissioned colonel in charge of the 112th Regiment and during his subsequent two years of service he was distinguished for his courage in action. During the battle of Cold Harbor he was mortally wounded and died the following day, June 2, 1864. His wife is also deceased. To Cob J, C. and Clara (Utley) Drake were born three children: J. C. M., the subject of this sketch; Mrs. Jennie Leakey, resides in France; and Charles K., who died at the age of 14 years.

Dr. J. C. M. Drake attended Greylock Institute, Mass., after which he entered Cornell University, taking a literary and scientific course.! After two years he entered Hahnemann College, Chicago, and was graduated from there in 1880, when 25 years of age. After practicing a year at Westfield, N. Y., in connection with Dr. George W. Seymour, he came to Erie, and has since been identified with the practice in this city. He has been president of the Erie County Homeopathic Medical Society, and is a member of the County, State and National societies, Since 1895 Doctor Drake has maintained his office at 720 Sassafras Street.

On June 4, 1890, Dr. Drake was married to Miss Cassie Crouch, the daughter of J. B. and Frances (Cook) Crouch, the former a prominent miller in Erie for many years. Mrs. Drake has a sister, Mrs. Florence Evans, who lives at Wabash, Ind. To Doctor and Mrs. Drake were born two children: Benson, born Feb. 20, 1891, lives at Jacksonville, Florida; and Clara Louisa Criswell, born Feb. 10, 1893, lives in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Doctor Drake attends the Park Presbyterian Church and is a representative citizen of Erie County.

History of Erie County, Pennsylvania
By: John Elmer Reed
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