Harold Francis Drake

15 March 1917–25 December 1974 (Age 57)
Paris, Edgar, Illinois, United States

The Life of Harold Francis

Harold Francis Drake was born on 15 March 1917, in Paris, Edgar, Illinois, United States as the son of Bruce Drake and Eunice Griffin. He died on 25 December 1974, in Dubuque, Iowa, United States, at the age of 57.

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Family Time Line

Bruce Drake
Eunice Griffin
1876–1962
Mildred Drake
1898–1935
Burnie Drake
1899–
Martha J Drake
1910–
Harold Francis Drake
1917–1974

Parents and Siblings

    Bruce Drake

    MaleMale

    Female1876–1962Female

siblings

(4)

    Mildred Drake

    Female1898–1935Female

    Burnie Drake

    Male1899–Male

    Martha J Drake

    Female1910–Female

    Male1917–1974Male

World Events (8)

1918 · Attempting to Stop the War

Age 1

To end World War I, President Wilson created a list of principles to be used as negotiations for peace among the nations. Known as The Fourteen Points, the principles were outlined in a speech on war aimed toward the idea of peace but most of the Allied forces were skeptical of this Wilsonian idealism.
1922 · Oldest radio station west of the Mississippi

Age 5

The Karlowa Radio Corporation, in Davenport, was issued a new license for broadcasting and with it they were randomly assigned call letters of WOC. The small studio was the first to reach the Iowa area and was identified as one of 21 stations that were desirable because of coverage area and performance. In September 1927, WOC became a member of the new NBC radio network and still is today. In 1932, Ronald Reagan got his first broadcasting job at WOC as a sportscaster and he returned in 1988 after his presidency tour. WOC is the oldest surviving broadcasting station in the middle Mississippi Valley and was the first to keep logs on their electrical consumption and their on-air programming.
1934 · The Grout Museum

Age 17

The museum started as a private collection given to the city by Henry W. Grout. Today it is still a nonprofit educational museum that helps engage students and all people from the surrounding communities.

Name Meaning

1 English: from the Old English byname Draca, meaning ‘snake’ or ‘dragon’, Middle English Drake, or sometimes from the Old Norse cognate Draki. Both are common bynames and, less frequently, personal names. Both the Old English and the Old Norse forms are from Latin draco ‘snake’, ‘monster’ ( see Dragon ).2 English and Dutch: from Middle English drake, Middle Dutch drāke ‘male duck’ (from Middle Low German andrake), hence a nickname for someone with some fancied resemblance to a drake, or perhaps a habitational name for someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of a drake.3 North German: nickname from Low German drake ‘dragon’ ( see Drach 1).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Harold F Drake in household of Bruce S Drake, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Harold F Drake in household of Bruce Dorske, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Harold Francis Drake, "Iowa, Armed Forces Grave Registrations, ca. 1835-1998"

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