A Narrative History of The People of Iowa with SPECIALTREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR,INDUSTRY, BUSINESS, ETC. by EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A.M. Curator of the Historical, Memorial and Art Department ofIowa Volume IV THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc. Chicago and NewYork 1931
MORGAN H. DAKE, a native of Northern New York, came to Iowa when a small boy, after graduating from college taught school, gained a law diploma, but most of his active years have been spent in banking.He is president of the First National Bank of Lost Nation.
He was born at Brier Hill in St. LawrenceCounty, New York, November 12, 1889, son of Henry and Bessie (Hammil) Dake.His father was a New York State farmer and died when his only son waseight years of age.The mother passed away a year later.There weretwo daughters, twins, Iva and Eva.
Morgan H. Dake attended grade school in Brier Hill and after his fatherdied he sold newspapers, including the old Utica Saturday Globe, and when ten years of age spent his summer vacation working on a neighbor's farm for twenty-five cents a day.Soon afterward he came to Iowa to join his uncle,C. G. Dake, who was an instructor in the Epworth Seminary.He attendedthat school, and later entered Cornell College at Mount Vernon, Iowa.Hiscollege expenses were paid by the running of a cleaning and pressingestablishment and an eating house, and in all the circumstances of life he hasnever been at a loss to make his own way and stand on his own feet.Whenhe graduated from Cornell College, in 1908, he became superintendent of schoolsfor two years at Rippey, Iowa.From there he entered the law school ofHarvard University, taking his diploma in 1912.After one year at theEpworth Seminary he was made superintendent of schools at Lost Nation, in thefall of 1913, and graduated from school work into banking four years later.His first post in the First National Bank was as assistant cashier and in1919 he was advanced to cashier and since 1927 has been president of the bank.
Mr. Dake has also served four years as mayor of his town and has been treasurer of the school board.He is a Scottish Rite Mason, member of the Reformed Church and a Republican in politics.
He married, August 26, 1913, Miss Florence Collins, daughter ofJosephus and Toinette (King) Collins.Her father was a Congregationalminister. Her widowed mother lives at Cedar Rapids.The three sons of Mr. and Mrs. Dake are Henry, Richard and David.