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
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.