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    THEODORE A. DRAKE, one of Washington Township's representative citizens, residing on his valuable farm of 138 acres, which is situated about two miles southwest of the post office at Piqua, has spent his life here, having been born December 28, 1840, on the old Drake homestead, on the Washington Turnpike, Miami County, Ohio. His parents were Daniel and Margaret (Curry) Drake.

    Daniel Drake was born in New Jersey and in 1833 he accompanied his brother Jonathan and the latter's wife to Washington Township, settling on the farm which is now owned by Mrs. Jennie Drake. He married Margaret Curry, who died while her children were yet small, but he survived until 1892. The family consisted of five sons and two daughters, namely: Levi. who died in boyhood; Eliza, who is now deceased, was the wife of A.M. Morrow; John C. and Theodore A., both of whom are farmers in Washington Township; Caroline, who married D. F. Licklider, of Piqua; and Thomas L. and George H., both of whom are deceased.

    Theodore A. Drake attended the neighborhood schools in his boyhood and grew to manhood as his father's main helper on the farm. When he married he immediately built a fine brick residence in which he lives and moved from the old house into the new one as soon as the latter was completed. With the assistance of his son Bernice L. he carries on general farming and fruit growing, making a specialty of strawberries, but having an abundance of all kinds of small fruit, which he markets, together with garden produce. The farm is one of the most productive in the neighborhood and shows intelligent and careful cultivation.

    In 1862 Mr. Drake was married to Miss Annie M. DuBois, who died on December 21, 1908. She was born in Warren County, Ohio, a daughter of William B. DuBois, but from the age of eighteen years lived in Miami County. Mr. and Mrs. Drake had eight children born to them, as follows: Edgar, who died aged six months; Meroa; Edith V., who is the widow of Hart J. Reynolds, has three children-Martha, Mary and Wayne; Alva D., who married Etta B. Rike, a resident of Miami County, resides in Van Wert County, and has three children-Helen, Margaret and Alma Dorothy; Otis, who died aged twelve years; Gertrude, who married Eugene Peck, has two children-Ruth and Carl; Bernice L., who resides on one section of the homestead, married Cora Farrow and they have two children: Theodore and Mary; and Ruth, who is a graduate of Dennison University and for three years was a teacher at Duquoin, Perry County, Illinois. Mr. Drake and family belong to the Baptist Church at Piqua. He takes only a good citizen's interest in politics, but in matters of local improvement and progress he has accepted responsibilities, at present is serving as school director, has served two terms as judge of election and refused appointment to the assessor's office.

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