On March 17, 1884, Lewis
was born in Eden Township, Benton Co., Iowa to parents Floyd Adelbert Dake and
Mary Catherine Young. He always went by the nickname of Carl. His sister Nira
told stories about Lewis' childhood; " When Carl was a little boy he was riding
one hot summer day with grandfather in a buggy. He picked up the horsewhip when
grandfather wasn't looking and hit the horse hard. When the horse started running
fast, Carl turned to grandfather and said " See grandpa its much cooler when
we go fast". She also told the story about Carl enjoying riding down a hill
in a buggy using only ropes to steer.
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3 Calves $36.He tried to purchase the farm from his father-in-law but defaulted during the Depression. He later inherited the farm from the Thrasher Estate. The family farm was located (S.W. 1/4 of S.W. 1/4 and S.E. 1/4 of S.W 1/4 in Section 13 and N.E. 1/4 of N.W. 1/4 of Section 24, Township 84, 120 acres.) All the buildings on the farm burned in June 1, 1934 with the exception of the house and had to be rebuilt.
1 Steer $32.
2 Heifers $60.
3 Cows kept for milk $100.
5 Horses $500.
70 Swine $500.
259 Fowl, all kinds $100.
He seldom raised his voice but had a favorite saying when trying to keep his children in line "I'm telling you this once and only once". He was very mechanically inclined and would completely overhaul his own cars. He converted a 1920 Buick Touring Car into a truck that his children drove to school in Vinton.
He was an active Farm Bureau Member. He was Secretary of the Big Grove Township School Board and was responsible for hiring country schoolteachers. In 1944 he retired from the farm and moved to Vinton, Iowa, to live in the home previously built and lived in by Henry Thrasher, at 513 B. Ave., Vinton, Iowa. Maude and Carl were active members of the Vinton Methodist Church in Vinton. He enjoyed fishing as a past time.
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His wife died in 1958 and
he lived alone for several years before entering the Virginia Gay Hospital Annex
(Convalescent Home). On Feb. 22, 1966 he died at the home and was buried next
to his wife in Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton, Iowa. (Lot 23, Block 3, NW Addition)
Back Row: Monica Reed, Karen Reed, Myron Dake, Charlotte Dake, Thelma (Dake) Reed, Donald Reed, LaVonne (Dake) McVey, Orval McVey, Beverly McVey
Middle Row: Maurice Dake, Dennis Dake, Maude (Thrasher) Dake, Carl Dake, Barbara McVey, Janice McVey
Front Row: Richard Reed, Ronald Dake, Robert Dake
OF LEWIS CARLTON DAKE