George Lake, the adopted son of John Lake of Rector place, Red Bank, died on Tuesday night of last week, aged sixteen years. Death was caused by tuberculosis of the brain. About a year ago, while he was at work at Patterson & Spinning's store, a dry goods box fell on his knee. He went to Long Branch hospital for treatment and while there traces of tuberculosis were found in the knee. He returned home from the hospital but tuberculosis continued to develop and finally went to his brain causing his death.
The boy was a son of James Lake of Eatontown, a brother of John Lake. When he was very young his mother died and he and his three brothers were put in homes. George ran away from his home when he was eight years old and came to Red Bank. Since then he had lived with his uncle, John Lake, who adopted him and gave him a good home. The boy was a member of the Baptist church and was identified with the Sunday-school and Christian Endeavor societies. He was treasurer of the Xenodochy society, a social organization of Baptist young people. He was an intelligent boy and was loved by all who knew him. One of his brothers, William Lake, boards at Robert Clayton's on Bridge avenue.
The funeral was held on Thursday night at eight o'clock at the house and was conducted by Rev. W. B. Matteson. Mrs. Frank Manson sang "Some day we'll understand" and "We'll never say goodbye in Heaven." The body was buried on Friday morning beside the boy's mother in Holmdel cemetery. The bearers were Harry Clayton, Frank Woods, Clarence Gray and George Hook, members of young Lake's Sunday-school class, and Herbert and Arthur Davis.
Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, Jan 8, 1902