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from the Histories of Lapeer, Genesee and Tuscola Counties in Michigan submitted by Colleen, May 15, 2004

JUDGE WARNER LAKE. Our subject is one whose residence in Flint dates from 1837, before Michgian has taken on her dignity as a State. He is one of the honored pioneers whose industry, enterprise and honesty have done much for this city. he is an ex-Judge of the Probate Court in which he served eight years. Judge Lake was born in Delaware County, N. Y., October 4, 1809. He was reared in his native place until six years of age. He is a son of Warner and Betsey (Williams) Lake, the former a native of Connecticut and who father was of English descent.

Our subject's father was reared and educated in Connecticut, thence became a farmer in Cayuga County, N. Y. From that point he moved to Mt. Morris, Livingston County, and was an early settler in Delaware County. In connection with his agricultural labors he served in the capacity of minister of the Baptist Church. In his early days it was not unusual fro him to travel a distance of fifty miles to preach to isolated settlers. He was one of the six Baptist ministers west of Albany that founded the Otsego Baptist Association. His decease occurred when in his eighty-third year.

Our subject's mother, s born in Washington County, N. Y., died at the age of seventy years. Of nine children born to the parents he of whom we write is the youngest. There are only two living, his only surviving brother being eighty-six years of age.

In his youth Judge lake attended the district school and became an expert speller by much practice in the spelling "bees." He remained at home in Mt. Morris Township until twenty-one years of age and then purchased the farm and operated the one hundred and fifty acres until 1836, when he sold it and came to Michigan. He finally purchased four hundred and eighty acres of land in Bridgeport Township, Saginaw County, but in the spring of 1837 came to Flint, having sold his other land.

The original of our sketch was engaged as an hotel-keeper, and ran a stage, also carried the mail to Pontiac. This business he sold, however, and located on his farm in Genesee Township, which comprised two hundred and ten acres of wild land. Returning to Flint and resuming his hotel business, and again going on a farm in Groveland Township, Oakland County, he finally located permanently in Flint in 1859, and here became engaged in the ashery and merchandise business. In 1852 our subject was elected Judge of the Probate Court on the Whig ticket and held the office for four years. In 1854 he allied himself with the Republicans and in 1856 was elected Judge of the Probate Court on the republican ticket.

On the breaking out of the war Judge Lake was appointed draft commissioner for Genesee County by Gov. Blair and later became Deputy Marshal under Mr. Strickland and served as such throughout the war, during which time he was called upon to punish many a deserter. About 1866 he was appointed Assistant Deputy Internal assessor for Genesee County and held the office for four years and on completing that term of service became manager at flint of the Singer Sewing Machine Company and since then has been engaged in the insurance business. His office is located on Saginaw Street and he insures in two companies--the Phoenix and German-American.

Judge Lake was married in Greece, Monroe Co., N. Y., April 4, 1833, to Miss Eliza Butler. Her husband three children--Martin W., Ora E., and Charles E. Our subject has been School Director and has held other offices. He is a generous supporter of the Baptist Church, in which he was reared.

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