The Sanford Herald of January 25, 1939 declared in a matter-of-fact obituary that “Forrest Lake, for many years mayor of Sanford and former member of the Florida Legislature, died in the Fernald-Laughton Memorial Hospital shortly before midnight last night following an illness of little more than two weeks.” It was the first time the newspaper had mentioned Forrest Lake since his return from prison five years earlier. Although most of the town’s citizens had joined the newspaper in ostracizing the former mayor, local businesses closed their doors for the funeral and some of the communities’ most prominent citizens served as pall-bearers. But the service was sparsely attended. Thus ended an unpleasant chapter in the history of Sanford.
Gilmartin, Daniel O.
"Mayor Forrest Lake of Sanford,"
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