Numbered among the prominent land owners of Shelby county, Indiana, is Robert Anderson Dake, of section 23, Moral township, and a son of Benjamin Dake, whose sketch appears within these pages. Robert A. Dake was born in the township in which he lives, on January 5, 1861, and was educated in the district schools of his home county. He lived at home until 1885, when he married Martha Ann McCance on October 21, 1865. She was a native of Boone county, Indiana, and a daughter of David and Ruth (Means) McCance. David McCance is deceased, survived by his widow.
After his marriage Robert A. Dake moved to his present farm of two hundred and thrity-six acres, which he has subsequently greatly improved. By careful and business-like methods he has made a great success of his business and now owns one hundred acres additional land in Hancock county, Indiana. He is prominent in secret order circles and is a member of the Improved Order of Red Men at New Palestine, and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Acton, Indiana. He is a Republican and has always assumed his share of the work of his party. He has farmed all his life and is known as an honest and conscientious citizen and an honor to his community.
The following children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Dake: Sella Gertrude, born October 10, 1887; Benjamin Harrison, born April 20, 1889; Laura Alma, born December 24, 1890; John Henry, born December 4, 1892; Charles Oliver, born January 12, 1895; James Edward, born December 2, 1897; Hattie Ruth, born January 1, 1900; Robert Anderson, Jr., born February 11, 1903; Pearl Glenn, born May 24, 1907. All the children of this remarkable family are at home, where the family lives in happiness and contentment.