Let’s go back to George Paake/Paak/Peek/Pake today.
I mentioned that George was married at least three times–possibly as many as five times. It was pointed out to me that it would be very unlikely that George was married more than three times.
Take a look at the timeline:
George immigrated to the United States when he was ten or eighteen years old. I have conflicting sources on this. Either way, he married his first wife, Lucy Kliphouse, in Kalamazoo, on December 17, 1886, when he was 36 years old. The couple had five children, named after the grandparents. George was married to Lucy for fourteen years, when she passed away.
In 1902, at the time of the fire, George was a widower.
On April 15, 1906, George married Esther M. Cook. Adri van Gessel mentioned to me that by February 14, 1906, the oldest daughter Cora (who, according to the newspaper article about the fire, was taking care of the household) was already married, so there was no one to take charge of the house. On Nov 21, 1907, Esther died of pneumonia.
On July 11, 1908 George was married to Addie Amelia Gifford (Wilder). Addie seems to have outlived George.
- According to the 1910 Census, George (listed as Joseph G. Peake) was still married to Addie. He was listed with his wife Addie, his daughter Fanny, his son George, and Addie’s daughter Florence Wilder (from her previous marriage).
- According to the 1920 Census, George (listed as George J. Pake) was still married to Addie. He was listed with his wife Addie, his son George, and Addie’s daughter Florance D. Wilder.
George died on December 9, 1925 after being married to Addie for seventeen years.
This photo of George (using the spelling Pake) and Addie and their family was taken not long before he passed away.