While Floyds' (He always went by the nickname Dell) obituary stated he was born on August 8, 1856 in Kishwaukee, Ogle Co., Ill., by land records it appears that his family lived in Marion or Monroe Township, Ogle Co. at the time of his birth. (Additionally, Kishwaukee is located in Winnebago Co., Ill. not Ogle Co., Ill.) His parents were Benjamin W. Dake Jr. and Adalaine Herrick. On Oct. 1868, his parents moved to Kishwaukee, Winnebago Co., Ill.

In late 1874 or early 1875 the family moved to Eden Township, Benton Co., Iowa. On December 27, 1877 he married Mary Catherine Young, daughter of John Young and Christina Webb. She was born on Dec. 21, 1859 in Canton Twp., Benton Co., Iowa. He became a member of the First Eden Methodist Church in 1893. They farmed on his father-in-laws farm in Eden Township until sometime between 1893 and 1896.

He lived in South Dakota for about eight months before returning to Mt. Auburn, Benton Co., Iowa in 1903. He may have followed his father to South Dakota as his father moved there about the same time. He lived in Mt. Auburn, Benton Co., Ia. for about three years. From Mt. Auburn the family moved to Vinton, Benton Co., Iowa. While living in Vinton he worked in the Post Office.

He had poor health much of his life due to problems related to the lungs. He died on Feb. 24, 1906 of Cerebral Meningitis at the age of 49. The funeral was held at the family residence and he was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton, Iowa. At the time of his death his brother Fred C. Dake also lived in Vinton.

Vinton Eagle, Feb. 27, 1906

Floyd Adelbert Dake was born in Kishwaukee, Ogle Co., Illinois Aug. 8, 1856 and died at Vinton, Iowa Feb. 24, 1906. He lived in Illinois till he was 18 years of age and then moved to Iowa with his parents and has lived in Vinton and vicinity ever since with the exception of eight months in South Dakota. He was married Dec. 27, 1877, to Miss Mary C. Young. They lived in Eden Twp. till about 1903 when they moved to the vicinity of Mt. Auburn and three years later to Vinton. There were five children born to them. Clarence L., Floyd R., Lewis C. and Nira Dake. A brother Fred C. Dake resides here. Mr. Dake was an upright man, quiet and unabtrusive, devoted to his family, strongly attached to his home and seldom away from it. He became a member of the First Eden Methodist Church in 1893. The funeral was held at the family residence Monday afternoon.

After Floyd's death, Mary lived in California with relatives during the winter and in the summer in Vinton, Iowa. In 1910 she was listed in the census as living with her daughter Nira (17 years old) in Vinton, Ia. and having two boarders; Frank Hindle, chauffeur and Emery Weeler, laborer at Auto Co.; both were 18 years old.

Mary Catherine remarried in June, 1919 to George Adam Biebesheimer. She died on Jan. 10, 1945 in Vinton, Iowa at the age of 85. She was a member of the Methodist Church, the Order of the Eastern Star and the Rebekah Lodge. She was buried next to her first husband Floyd Adelbert Dake.