Brake Family History

Old School Pictures

Image of Brake School (1909)

Above: Brake School, Grant County, WVA, 1909. The Brake School was located in what is now the parking lot of the Brake Church of the Brethren (P.O. Box 831, Petersburg, West Virginia 26847; (304) 257-2344; The Brake Church is on County Route 9 about four miles south of Petersburg. Though the Brake School was in Grant County, it was only six miles over the mountain from the settlement of Brake in Hardy County.

Mrs. Rosetta (SITES) HINKLE identified the students and teacher as

(back row, left to right): ____ GETZ, Dora BRAKE, Lula IMAN, Laura CRITES, BHGM-Edgar Curry SITES, Teacher, Floyd OURS, Alan BERG-DOLL, Guy OURS, Conway BRAKE, Roy CRITES, John THORN, George THORN; two boys in the middle, unidentified;

(front row, left to right): Olena BRAKE, Emory OURS, Rosetta SITES, Lison OURS, Elton Hiser, John OURS, _____ PATCH, Van THORN, Jake THORN (son of Nimrod).

Original is possession of Catherine (OURS) EVANS.

A larger image of above picture. (387K Bytes).

Gil K. Sites of Edgewood,TX says the teacher E.C. Sites was his Great Uncle.
Picture and Information submitted by Larry Brake of Canton, Ohio.

Image of White's Camp School (1922)

The picture is of the 1922 student body of White's Camp School in Rock Cave, Upshur County, West Virginia.

The original larger picture (140K Bytes).

Notice that a significant number of the students, and the teacher are BRAKEs.

Pictured in the photograph are, left to right:

Front Row - Paul Loudin, Frank Brake, Gay Brake, Harold Fiddler, Mildred McClain, Agnes Brake, Hazel McClain, Thelma Brake (wearing the dress with large, dark ribbon), Arleta Rexroad, Juanita Rexroad, Marybelle Brake, Wendel Brake, Kemp Brake.

Second Row - Clyde Brake, James McClain, Basil Brake, Juanita McClain, Maude Brake, Maxine McClain (holding the sign), Catherine Blake, Madline McClain, Kemp Brake.

Third Row - Ruth Brake (teacher), Morris McClain, Clovis Brake, Merle McClain, Gayle Loudin, Loretta Brake.

The photographer's hat is hanging on the tree in back of the class.

Note: Thelma, Wendel, Kemp (in Row #2), and Basil are offspring of Arthur Brake and Lucy Perry Brake. Kemp (in Row #1), Marybelle, Clyde, and Clovis are sons/daughters of Charley Brake. Other Brake students are sons/daughters of Lee Brake. Teacher Ruth is the daughter of Gordon Battelle Brake.

Perry "Buzz" Brake's Dad is "Basil" Brake above, but he changed his name to "James" as a young man. Buzz doesn't blame him!
Buzz lives in Tacoma, WA and his E-mail is PudlJumper at if you desire further information on any of these Brakes.

Image of Rock Cave School (1910 or 1911))

Rock Cave School, Rock Cave, Upshur County, West Virginia (1910 or 1911)

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Image of Names at Rock Cave School (1910 or 1911))

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