A Narrative History
The People of Iowa
SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN
EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY,
EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M.
Curator of the
Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa
THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc.
Chicago and New York
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. Lawrence County, 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 was eight years of age. The mother passed
away a year later. There were two daughters, twins, Iva and Eva.
Morgan H. Dake attended grade school in Brier Hill and after his father died
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 attended that school,
and later entered Cornell College at Mount Vernon, Iowa. His college expenses
were paid by the running of a cleaning and pressing establishment and an
eating house, and in all the circumstances of life he has never been at a loss
to make his own way and stand on his own feet. When he graduated from Cornell
College, in 1908, he became superintendent of schools for two years at
Rippey, Iowa. From there he entered the law school of Harvard University, taking
his diploma in 1912. After one year at the Epworth Seminary he was made
superintendent of schools at Lost Nation, in the fall 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 in 1919 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 of Josephus and
Toinette (King) Collins. Her father was a Congregational minister. Her widowed mother lives at Cedar Rapids. The three sons of Mr. and Mrs. Dake are Henry, Richard and David.
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