4 JAN 1878
page 3, C5
Submitted by Lisa Baker

LAKE -- Died, at Loretto, on Wednesday, December 26, 1877, WILLIAM LAKE, aged 85 years.

The deceased was one of the oldest citizens of the county. He was born at Trelleck, Monmouthshire, England, in 1792, and emigrated to this country in 1810, when in his eighteenth year, and soon after his arrival in America engaged at wagoning between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, which business he followed until the completion of the old Portage Railroad, when he settled in this county and engaged in the business of arming, and had been a resident of the county from that time. His remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery at Loretto on Friday, the 28th ult., to which last resting place they were followed by a large concourse of relatives and acquaintances. In all the relations of life his was exemplary. He was an affectionate husband, a loving father, a kind, obliging neighbor, and a devout Christian. It was always his greatest pleasure to perform acts of charity and kindness by which to alleviate the suffering and promote the happiness of his fellow beings. During his life he was highly esteemed by his neighbors and acquaintances, for his many virtues, as well as his happy, jovial disposition, and died without an enemy or an unkind thought towards any one. His relatives and friends sorrow and mourning that he is no more, but feel consoled in the belief that his life was such that his rest must be sweet and undisturbed. May he rest in peace eternal.