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Frank Drake, Jr.


Among the prominent educators of Washington is Frank Drake, Jr., who is now so efficiently filling the position of superintendent of schools in Port Townsend. He was born on the 14th of February, 1881, in Welmore, Kansas, his parents being Irving Oliver and Katherine (Crowley) Drake, both natives of New York state, though they were married in Chicago, Illinois. During the Civil war the father was one of the mechanics in the employ of the government and as such assisted in building the Merrimac. In 1870 he removed to Kansas and continued to make his home there until called to his final rest in 1892 at the age of fifty-two years. His widow, who was born in 1843, is still living and makes her home in Emporia, that state.

Frank Drake is the sixth in order of birth in a family of eight children, there being four sons and four daughters. He began his education in the public schools and later attended the Kansas State Normal School at Emporia, from which he was graduated in 1906. Later he was a student at the Kansas State University and was graduated from that institution in 1908. While still in school he served as a reporter for the Kansas City Times and later for the Denver Post and the Cheyenne Tribune, but after leaving the university turned his attention to educational work, teaching in the schools of Kansas for a time. He served as city superintendent of schools, both in Perry and Ellis, Kansas, and during the summer months devoted his time to newspaper work until 1912. In 1910 he removed to Wyoming to become superintendent of the schools of Cody and while there he also served as deputy county assessor of Park county. On leaving there he came to Washington and accepted the principalship of the high school at Mossyrock, where he remained one term. Mr. Drake was then chosen principal of the high school at Centralia, where he spent two years. In 1915 he was made superintendent of the schools of Port Townsend and has since filled that position in a most creditable and acceptable manner. He is also a lawyer, having been admitted to the bar in Kansas in 1908 and in Wyoming in 1912.

Mr. Drake was married in Lawrence, Kansas, June 8, 1909, to Miss Cora Viets, a native of that place .and a daughter of Clinton Viets, a well-known stock raiser of Lawrence. They have three children : Marguerite, born in Cody, Wyoming, in 191 1; Theodore, born in Centralia, Washington, in 1913; and Robert, born in Port Townsend, in 1916.

Mr. and Mrs. Drake are members of the Presbyterian church and he also belongs to the Masonic fraternity, the Modern Woodmen of America and the Ancient Order of United Workmen. In politics he is a republican. He has been identified with military affairs, having served as second lieutenant in the Third Regiment, Wyoming National Guard, while a resident of Cody, and stood second in marksmanship in that state, his official score being ninety-six out of one hundred at three different ranges — two hundred, six hundred and one thousand yards. He takes great pleasure in outdoor sports and is especially fond of big game hunting. He has devoted much time to the study of wild game and zoology, but these things have been only a recreation as his chief interest lies in his educational work and he now occupies a "prominent place" among the leading educators of his part of the state.

Source: Washington, west of the Cascades; historical and descriptive; the explorers, the Indians, the pioneers, the modern; (Volume 2); by Herbert Hunt; Publisher: Chicago, Seattle, etc., The S. J. Clarke publishing company; 1917.

 
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