Dr. Charles Bailey Lake was born on November 5th, 1842 in Frontenac County, Ontario. He was the 5th of 8 children born to William Lake and the former Lucinda Stafford. His parents were farmers and his siblings were; Mary, John, Ira, William, Dennis, Buckley and Harriett.
Dr. Lake was educated in Kingston at the Royal Military College and he went on to study medicine at Queen’s University. He graduated M.D. in 1866.
Dr. Lake practiced medicine in Thamesville for a short period of time, and moved his practice to Ridgetown in 1866. He married Sarah Laura Dodge on the 14th of October, 1869. She was born in Dawn Mills (Chatham-Kent) on the 21st of January, 1849 the daughter of Henry Dodge and the former Statira Marsh. She had 2 older sisters named Teresa and Nancy and 7 younger siblings; Maria, Albert, Laura, Statira, Josephine, Ellen and Bertha. Her father was an innkeeper.
Dr. Lake advertised his medical practice in Ridgetown in the 1869 Province of Ontario Gazetteer and Directory. Dr. and Mrs. Lake built a home at 51 Main Street East in Ridgetown in 1870. They had 4 sons, Harry William Lake was born in 1871. Charles Buckley Lake was born in 1872 and died a few months later. Charles Ross Lake was born in 1876 and Walter Edward Lake was born in 1882.
According to the 1882 Ontario Medical Registry, Dr. Lake joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 7th of February, 1876. In November of 1877 Dr. Lake’s practice was advertised in the East Kent Plaindealer. He advertised in numerous business directories over the years. Dr. Lake was a member of the I.O.O.F. and the Ridgetown Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed swimming and skating.
Dr. Lake died on the 18th of March, 1914. His wife Sarah died at her residence on Main Street in Ridgetown on the 18th of May, 1932. Dr and Mrs. Lake are buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Ridgetown. Their son Dr. Charles Ross Lake became a dentist and their son Dr. Walter Edward Lake became a medical doctor.
*His son, Dr. Walter Edward Lake and his grandson Dr. James Douglas Lake also appear on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.
Note: Although it states that Dr. Lake was born in Howard Twp on his marriage record, other records point to his birth in Frontenac County including the Queen’s University register.