Simon W. Lake, farmer and stock-grower, section 25, Paw Paw Township; post office, Leland. He was born in Sterling, Cayuga Co., N. Y., Oct. 13, 1829, and is the son of John and Catharine (Van Tassel) Lake, of English descent on the father's side, and of German on the mother's. When 10 years of age he emigrated to Hancock Co., Ill., arriving May 31, 1840. In the spring of 1845, he came to Paw Paw Township, DeKalb County, and purchased a part of his present farm, of the Government, in 1849. He worked out at $11 a month to earn money to pay for it, and subsequently purchased another tract of 80 acres, making 160 in all. He was married in Paw Paw Township, Jan. 5, 1860 to Mary E. Dennis, daughter of John and Margaret (McFarland) Dennis. Mrs. Lake was born in the township of Argyle, Washington Co., N.Y., April 16, 1842. They have one child, a son Myron E., born Jan. 15, 1863
In politics Mr. Lake is a Republican and has voted that ticked since the organization of the party.
Source: Portrait and Biographical Album of DeKalb County Illinois; Chapman Brothers, 1885, Chicago, IL