G. D. SHAKE
History of Idaho, Gem of the Mountains, Volume 3, by James H. Hawley
S. J. Clarke Publishing Co, 1920, Page 138-139
Thirty years have come and gone since G. D. Shake, now deceased, became a resident of Payette county, and through the years in which he lived in this section he developed an excellent farm property, on which his family still resides. He was born at Glen Spey, Sullivan county, New York, August 22, 1863, his parents being George and Katherine Shake, who were also natives of the Empire state. The son was educated in the common schools of New York and learned the carpenter's trade but by chance became a farmer.
In the latter '70s he went to Minnesota, settling at Faribault, where he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land, and while there residing he married Miss Kittie Covert, a native of that place and a daughter of Joseph and Frances (Ogden) Covert. Her father was a native of Glen Spey, New York, while her mother's birth occurred at Jersey City, New Jersey. Mrs. Shake is a graduate of the high school of Faribault, Minnesota, and is a lady of culture and refinement.
Following their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Shake were identified with farming interests in Minnesota for ten years and in 1890 removed westward to Idaho, settling at Payette, where Mr. Shake worked at carpentering for five years. He then purchased an interest in the Payette flour mills, of which he became the manager, but in 1908 sold the business and purchased a farm of forty acres in the Fruitland district, eight miles south of Payette.
Upon this property his widow still resides. The land was in alfalfa when he purchased it, but eleven acres has since been planted to apples, which yielded their first commercial crop in 1919, producing over two thousand boxes. They are raising Jonathan, Roman Beauty and Delicious apples and their orchard is now in excellent condition, being cared for in the most scientific manner.
Since the death of Mr. Shake on the 1st of April, 1917, his widow and son Rodney have conducted the farm. Mr. and Mrs. Shake were the parents of seven children. Homer H., twenty-nine years of age, married Ada Chaboys, a native of California, and they now reside at Fresno, that state. Homer H. was educated at Corvallis, Oregon, and is an electrical engineer. Harold R., twenty-six years of age, married Fern Calvert, a native of Kansas, and they have one child, Donna Maria.
Harold R. was educated at Corvallis, Oregon, and is a pharmacist in Rezac's store at Payette. Rodney H., twenty-four years of age, is the active assistant of his mother in the development and conduct of the home farm. Helen Frances is teaching school at Payette and both she and Rodney were educated at Corvallis, Oregon. Dorothy M. is teaching school at Caldwell, Idaho. Lola J. is a junior in the Fruitland high school. Irene Alice, nine years of age, is a pupil in the fourth grade of the Fruitland school.
The family is one held in high esteem throughout this section of the state. Mr. Shake was a representative and progressive business man whose labors enabled him to leave a good property to his family. In all relations of life he commanded the respect, confidence and good-will of his fellowmen and enjoyed in large measure their friendship and warm regard.