Biography of Bennett E. Lake
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Lake, Edward Bennett, is one of the oldest and best known business men of Fall River. He was born in that city October 20, 1835, a son of Edward and Mary Lake. He attended the old High Street Grammar School and after completing his education served an apprenticeship at the wheel and millwright trades under Samuel Thurston, with whom he remained for seven years, working during this time on the water wheels of the mills in Fall River, and the windmills in this city and Rhode Island, returning to Fall River at dull seasons and working in the cooper shop owned by David Brayton. In 1867 he entered the employ of Chase, Allen & Slade as a salesman. This business was then its infancy. It has since become one of the largest wholesale grocery firms in New England, each year having added to the prestige gained by long establishment. During the growth of the business Mr. Lake has been connected with it in all capacities. He became a partner in 1872, at which time, in company with B. S. C. Gifford, he purchased the interest of Nathan Chase, the firm name being then changed to its present form, Allen, Slade & Co. Mr. Lake was a member of the old volunteer fire department for many years, his name being on the roll of the first steamer company in the city. He was also a member of the old Fall River Artillery Company, commanded by John Sanford. and now disbanded. January 22, 1878, he married Emma F., daughter of Thomas Gulliver of East Cornith, Maine, and they have two children, Eva M. A. and Russell Bracket. Mr. Lake has been for many years a member of Fall River Lodge No. 219, I. O. O. F. He has spent his entire life in Fall River and has always been prominently identified with the best interests of the city, being esteemed both in business and socially by a wide circle of friends.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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