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1 William LAKE Jr.
Family history letter written by William Lake, Sr.
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Birth:         2 Jan 1849, Skenfrith, Monomouthshire, Wales
Death:         22 May 1934, Highland Park, IL - Lake Co.
Father:        William LAKE Sr. (1826-1918)
Mother:        Elizabeth MEREDITH (1824-1897)
Spouse:        Louisa M. HENDRICKS
Birth:         15 Oct 1853, Tottleben, Sachsen, Preussen
Death:         3 Jul 1915, Clinton, Iowa
Burial:        Springdale Cemetery, Clinton Iowa plot 6-3
Father:        Johann Benjamin HEINRICH (1821-1887)
Mother:        Maria Elisabetha LEICH (1826-)
In the 1900 census, William and Louisa were living at 329 Barker St. in Clinton, Iowa with their five children, ages 9-16.  William is an engineer on the railways and Lousia has given birth to 6 children of which 5 are living.  She states that she arrived in America in 1857.  In the 1910 census, the family is living on Camanche Ave. in Clinton.  William is retired.  His son Charles, who is living at home but employed as a machinest. 

By the time of the 1920 census, William's wife Louisa has died and William has remarried Mabel.    Now Mabel is 23 in 1920 and William is 71.  Mabel finds that she is pregnant and William accuses her of being unfaithful as no one has ever heard of a man in his 70's fathering a child.  William slapped his wife to show his disapproval and ended up spending the night in jail.  They must have divorced since I find no further mention of her or her child. 

The 1930 census, shows William still in Clinton but living as a roomer in the Don Clemmens household.


William Lake Jr. worked for most of his life as a railroad engineer.  He went to live with his daughter Louisa in Highland Park, Illinois in his later days and died there.
Marr:          27 Dec 1881, Cook Co. Illinois - License #0005851
Children:      Jennie Elizabeth (1883-1974)
               Charles William (1885-1981)
               Louisa Irene (1887-1943)
               Sebastian Greenway (1889-1946)
               John (1891-1949)
               Female Infant (1892-1892)
Other Spouses: Mabel
1.1 Jennie Elizabeth LAKE
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Birth:         23 Dec 1883, Clinton, Iowa
Death:         23 Jun 1974, Larkspur, Douglas, CO
Spouse:        Louis Richard HIGBY
Birth:         6 Jan 1880,  Garden Grove, Iowa
Death:         14 Dec 1966, Larkspur, Douglas, CO
Burial:        17 Dec 1966, Fairmont Cemetery, Denver Co.
Father:        John William HIGBY (HIGBEE) (1854-1916)
Mother:        Emily (Emma) BRILEY (1856-1943)
Marr:          4 Dec 1907, Colorado Springs, CO
1.2 Charles William LAKE
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Birth:         18 Aug 1885, Clinton, Iowa
Death:         7 Jun 1981
Occ:           Mechanical Engineer - Gas Engine Factory
Spouse:        Jessamine N. Lyon
Birth:         1885, Illinois
Marr:          1917
Father:  Fredrick C. Lyon (1864-)
Mother:  Bertha (1864-)
1.3 Louisa Irene LAKE
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Birth:         17 Mar 1887, Clinton, IA
Death:         8 May 1943, Highland Park, IL - Lake Co.
Spouse:        John Christian CHRISTENSEN
Birth:         8 Apr 1883, Denmark
Death:         22 Mar 1947, Highland Park, IL - Lake Co.
Father:        Jens Marinus CHRISTENSEN (1858-1932)
Mother:        Johanne Marie POULSEN (1865-1928)
Marr:          15 Sep 1917, Clinton, Iowa
Children:      Alfred (1925-1945)
1.4 Sebastian Greenway LAKE
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Birth:         5 Dec 1889, Clinton, Iowa
Death:         12 Feb 1946, Storm Lake, Iowa
Occ:           Superintendent of Sac Public School 1917-1925
Spouse:        Margaret CURRIE
Birth:         22 Mar 1888, Odebolt, Iowa
Marr:          15 May 1916, Sac City, Iowa
Father:  John Currie    (1847 - )
Mother:  Jeannette McGeachey (1849-)
Children:      Donald (1923-1944)
               Jeannette (1917-)
             Elizabeth Jean (1919-)
William J. Lake (1921-2006)
1.5 John LAKE
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Birth:         17 Jul 1891, Clinton, Iowa
Death:         2 Sep 1949, Chicago, Cook Co.Illinois
Occ:           Horticulture
I can remember Uncle John bringing  flowers and vegetables to our house when we lived in Highland Park.  I remember the smells of the flowers.
Death:         27 Aug 1892
In the Army in France in 1918.
1.6 Female Infant LAKE
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Source Information:
Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Clinton, Clinton, Iowa; Roll: M653_316; Page: 73; Image: 302.
Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Clinton Ward 4, Clinton, Iowa; Roll: M593_384; Page: 155; Image: 312.
Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Clinton, Clinton, Iowa; Roll: T9_334; Family History Film: 1254334; Page: 194.2000; Enumeration District: 290; Image: 0390.
Ancestry.com. Iowa State Census, 1895 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2003. Original data: Iowa. 1895 Iowa State Census. Des Moines, Iowa: State Historical Society of Iowa.
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Clinton, Clinton, Iowa; Roll: T623 426; Page: 16B; Enumeration District: 14.
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Clinton Ward 4, Clinton, Iowa; Roll: T624_398; Page: 21A; Enumeration District: 13; Image: 845.
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Clinton Ward 4, Clinton, Iowa; Roll: T625_484; Page: 18A; Enumeration District: 15; Image: 879.
Marriage Certificate - Illinois - Cook Co.