|Death: ||Dec. 19, 1903|
Charles F. Drake arrived in Ft. Scott June 17, 1858 from Mt. Vernon, Ohio. He came just after the Denver meeting and compromise, having walked into town from the Osage, and arrived here dusty, ragged and hungry.
Finding a rather peaceful condition of things just then he decided to remain and soon after started a small hardware store and tin shop, the first one in Southern Kansas. Thus he commenced pounding and soldering together the elements of his successful future. He, however, always found time to "be into" and help engineer nearly all the enterprises which have since been inaugurated in Ft. Scott.
The railroad enterprises had all felt the necessity of having the assistance of C. F. Drake, and most of them his signature also. He placed the Foundry on its feet and held it up for some years. He built the first Cement works, aided in the details by A. H. Bourne, Dr. B. F. Hepler and B. F. Gardner. He helped establish the First National Bank, and later, the Bank of Fort Scott; he shouldered largely the responsibility in the erection of the Water Works and Sugar works, and has built his share of the fine business houses in the city.
Mr. Drake was a man of much more than average financial ability, and his life might well have been a model of any young business man.
CARTHAGE EVENING PRESS
December 21, 1903
DEATH OF C. F. DRAKE
Brother of A. M. Drake Passed Away Saturday Night at His Home in Fort Scott
C. F. Drake, brother of A. M. Drake of this city, died at his home in Ft. Scott, KS., last Saturday night. The cause of his death was a complication of diseases super-induced by Bright's Disease. He had been bed fast but two weeks, although he had not been well for some time.
Mr. Drake went to Ft. Scott in 1858 where he engaged in the hardware business. In 1862 he closed out his stock and his building was occupied by the state troops during the war. In 1872 Mr. Drake opened a banking house in Ft. Scott and at the time of his death he was president of the Bank of Ft. Scott.
He was 71 years of age at the time of his death. During his residence in Ft. Scott he represented his district in the legislature, was at different times mayor, councilman and treasurer of the city and was a prominent candidate for state senator at one election.
Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Drake and Charles F. Drake and wife have gone to Ft. Scott to attend the funeral.
NOTE: Charles F. Drake, nephew of Charles Freeman Drake is named after his uncle.
1900 United States Federal Census
Name: Charles Drake
Birth Date: Sep 1832
Home in 1900: Fort Scott Ward 2, Bourbon, Kansas
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Adelaide H Drake 61
Marriage Year: 1860
Years Married: 40
Father's Birthplace: New Jersey
Mother's Birthplace: New Jersey
Charles A Drake (1799 - 1852)
Mary Boiles Drake (1807 - 1876)
Adelaide H. Drake (1835 - 1902)*
Charles Freeman Drake (1832 - 1903)
Albert Monroe Drake (1841 - 1926)*
Mary M. Drake Bahney (1850 - 1911)*
Plot: Drake private mausoleum
Created by: I Remember When
Record added: Oct 22, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 99417488