Emma Althea Lake Humphreys and her brother
Charles Wilbur Lake, called Charlie. There definitely is
a family resemblance and both of them reflect their
somewhat well-to-do upbringing. Emma was known to
have made her other relatives aware of her pride in
her background even though we know that she,
her mother, Sophia Matilda Taft Lake, and her siblings
had their times of struggle and deprivation after
the untimely death of their father Valentine Amey Lake
in Rockton, Illinois. To her, "keeping up
appearances" was important.
This photo was made available courtesy of Dawn
LaVerne Coon Barber, a great-grand daughter of Hattie
May Lake and Henry Poor.