Charles W. Lake was
born in Butler, Mo., December 3, 1866, and has lived in Missouri
all his life, with the exception of the years from 1867 to 1872, when
his parents resided in Springfield, Illinois. He spent his
boyhood in Carthage, Mo., where he received his education.
In 1887 he came to Kansas City, and accepted
the position of assistant cashier with the old firm of G. Y. Smith
& Co., where he remained until the dissolution of the company in
1892. In November, 1893, Mr. Lake entered the employment of the
Kansas City Times, then under the management of Witten McDonald, and
during his eight years of service with that paper worked under six
different managers and six different managements.
In October, 1901, Mr. Lake became interested
in trade-journalism, and in company with Mr. Will Stricklette and Mr.
Frank Markward incorporated the Kansas City Manufacturer, owned by
them, under the title of the Manufacturing Publishing Company.
He is secretary and treasurer of the company.
Mr. Lake is also interested in mining, and
has been singularly successful, both in the zinc fields of Missouri
and the gold fields of Boulder, Colo. He has lately become
interested in the Oronogo district, also in the Fortuna district, near