Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     GEORGE W. RAKE lives five miles north from Reardan on an estate of one fourth section which has been so improved that it is one of the finest places in the section.  He has a nice, large brick house, outbuildings, and other improvements which help to beautify his home place.  Mr. Rake is a first class financier and has gained a good holding in property through his labors in this county.  He was born in Hancock county, Illinois, on December 29, 1855.  His father, John G. Rake was a native of New Jersey and a pioneer of Hancock county, Illinois.  Later he moved to Sullivan county, Missouri, being a pioneer there also.  In 1903, he came to Washington and is now living at Reardan, being seventy-six years of age.  The mother, Minerva (Wallace) Rake, is a native of Illinois and is now living with her husband, retired in Reardan.  Our subject has one sister, Alice, and one brother, John A.
     George W. received his education in Missouri in the district schools and when twenty-one years of age, went to work on the farm.  In 1884, he moved from Missouri to Washington, locating first in Spokane county.  Four years later, he bought the place where he now lives which is principally devoted to grain raising.
     In Missouri, on May 19, 1878, Mr. Rake married Miss Minerva Smith, a native of that state.  She was born in Schuyler county, Illinois, in 1862, the daughter of J. P. and Valeria (Herbert) Smith, natives of Indiana.  To Mr. and Mrs. Rake three children have been born, Mrs. Ivy Tramm, living near Reardan; Mrs. Amy Rapp of Spokane, and Guy at home.
     Mr. Rake is a member of the I. O. O. F. and his wife of the Rebekahs.  He is a good substantial citizen and has done his share to improve the county.