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Birth: Jan. 23, 1837
Death: May 23, 1898

DECATUR REPUBLICAN 5/1898

GONE TO HIS LONG REST

ERASTUS B. CAKE DIED MONDAY AFTERNOOON AT 130 AT HIS HOME, 518 W NORTH STREET. THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF HIS DEATH WAS A GOOD DEAL OF A SHOCK TO THE MANY FRIENDS THE MAN HAD IN THIS TOWN. IT IS HARD TO SAY IN PLAIN TERMS JUST WHAT WAS THE IMMEDIATE CAUSE OF HIS DEATH. THE ORIGIN OF THE AILMENT THAT CARRIED HIM AWAY WAS TO BE FOUND IN INDIGESTION, A THING FROM WHICH MR. CAKE HAD SUFFERED FOR A GOOD MANY YEARS.
IT WAS KNOW ONLY A SHORT TIME THAT THE MAN WAS SERIOUSLY ILL. AT THE LATER PART OF LAST WEEK THE PAPERS CONTAINED A BRIEF ANNOUNCEMENT THAT HE WAS A VERY SICK MAN. THEN ON SATURDAY THERE WAS THE REPORT THAT HE WAS SOME BETTER, AND THEN ON MONDAY EVENING CAME THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF HIS DEATH. THE THING CAME IN A STARTLING WAY. VERY FEW PEOPLE IN THE TOWN DREAMED THAT HE WAS SICK ENOUGH TO DIE.
ERASTUS BUCK CAKE WAS BORN NEAR SALEM, COLUMBIAN COUNTY OHIO, JAN 23, 1837. HE WAS THE FOURTH SON OF SAMUEL AND ANN P. CAKE. THEY WERE PEOPLE WHO HAD GONE FOM MARYLAND TO OHIO.
SAMUEL CAKE WAS A COOPER BY TRADE. ERASTUS LEARNED THE TRADE WITH HIS FATHER. WHILE THE YOUONG MAN WAS WORKING AT THE TRADE HE SPENT ALL THE SPARE TIME HE COULD GET GETTING FOR HIMSELF AN EDUCATION THAT WOULD FIT HIM TO TEACH A COUNTRY SCHOOL. HE TAUGHT A SCHOOL FOR THREE YEARS. AFTER THIS HE ATTENDED SCHOOL AT BETHANY COLLEGE AT BETHANY, W. VA. HE TOOK THE CLASSSICAL COURSE IN THAT INSTITUATION.
AFTER LEAVING COLLEGE HE WENT TO HIS OLD HOUSE AT BETHANY AND THERE STUDIED LAW. HE WAS ADMITTED TO THE BAR IN 1869. ALL THIS TIME HE SEEM TO HAVE HAD HIS MIND DIVIDED BETWEEN THE LAW AND HIS MINISTRY. IN 1861 HE WAS ORDAINED A MINISTER OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH IN ITS EARLY DAYS. REV. CAKE SPENT SEVERAL YEARS IN OHIO AS PASTOR OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCHES AT SALEM AND MR VERNON.
IN 1869 HE WENT TO MEXICO, MO. FOR THE THREE FOLLOWING YEARS HE OCCUPIED THE PLACE OF STATE SUNDAY SCHOOL EVANGELIST IN MISSOURI. IN THIS WORK HE BECAME WELL KNOWN ALL OVER THE STATE. THEN DURING A PERIOD OF SIXTEEN YEARS. HE HAD CHURCHES IN MARYSVILLE, CLARKVILLE AND NEVADA, MO.
FROM NEVADA MO HE CAME TO DECATUR IN 1892 ND HAD CHARGE OF THE FIRST CHRISITAN CHURCH HERE FOR TWO YEARS. HE WENT TO MARYSVILLE, KY IN 1894. HE WAS PASTOR OF THE FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH THERE FOR NEARLY THREE YEARS. HE RESIGNED HIS POSITION AS PASTOR OF THAT CHURCH BECAUSE HE HAD CHANGED HIS RELIGIONS VIEW. THE CONGREATATION THERE REFUSED TO ACCEPT THE RESIGNATION BUT MR. CAKE INSISTED ON IT. AT THAT TIME HE LEFT THE CHRISITAN MINISTRY.
HE THEN CAME BACK TO DECATUR. HE EXPECTED TO BE ABLE TO ORGANIZE A UNIVERSALIST CHURCH HERE. OWING TO A COMBINATION OF REASONS HE WAS NOT SUCCESSFUL IN THIS.
THIS SEEMED TO WEIGH ON HIS SPIRIT AND DEPRESS HIM. BUT HE GOT INTO THE CAMPAIGN OF 189? AND IN THAT CONTEST SOON BEGAN TO REALIZE A ZEST IN THE AFFAIRS OF THE WORLD. IN THAT CAMPPAIGN HE WAS WITH EX GOVERNOR STONE OF MISSOURI FOR A PERIOD OF TWO MONTHS.
THE WORK HE DID THEN WAS PERHAPS TOO MUCH FOR HIS PHYSICAL STATE. HE HAD PERIODS OF ACTIVITY BUT HE NEVER SUCCEEDED IN REGAINING HIS OLD ENEERGY.
MR. CAKE IS SURVIVED BY A WIFE AND THE FOLLOWING CHILDREN: MRS. R. L. MCDOUGAL OF MARYSVILLE, MO AND HARRY C. CAKE OF CLARKSVILLE, KY, WILLIAM H CAKE AND MISS FRANCES E. CAKE OF DECATUR, GEORGE CAKE OF ? CHARLES C CAKE WHO IS A STUDENT AT LINCOLN, NEB AND MISS BESS O CAKE OF DECATUR. ALL OF THE CHILDREN WERE HOME AT THE TIME OF MR. CAKES DEATH EXCEPTING MRS. MCDONGAL WHO IS EXPECTED THIS MORNING.
HE ALSO LEAVES FIVE SISTERS, MRS. ANNA GRAHAM, LORGANSPORT, IND, MRS. JENNIE HILDRETH, MT VERNON, W VA, MRS. R. N. SMITH, HOUSTON, TEX, MRS. CHAUNEY LINCOLN AND MRS. HYDE ROBINS, GARNETT, KAN.
THE FUNERAL WILL BE HELD AT 3PM WEDNESDAY AT THE RESIDENCE. REV. W. C. MILLER, ASSISGTED BY REV. MARION STEVENSON WILL ONDUCT THE SERVICES WHICH AT THE REQUEST OF THE DECEASED WILL BE VERY SIMPLE. THE BURIAL WILL BE AT GREENWOOD.

 
 
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 Children:
  William H. Cake (1867 - 1904)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Greenwood Cemetery
Decatur
Macon County
Illinois, USA
 
Created by: janet donner
Record added: Jan 18, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 46829517
Rev Erastus Buck Cake
Added by: Cindy Winston
 
Rev Erastus Buck Cake
Added by: janet donner
 
Rev Erastus Buck Cake
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