Henry F. Drees
1902 - 1989

BORN: 05 NOV 1902
         Western, Nebraska
DIED: 26 FEB 1989
         Moses Lake, Washington

Henry F. Drees was born in or near the town of Western, Nebraska where his father farmed 160 acres of land. He moved with his family to Woodruff, Kansas when he was 4 years old.

Henry continued to farm near Woodruff after his father moved away in 1928. The first year or two were good years and then the Depression and Dust Bowl years began. Various brothers and sisters stayed with him during these years, but Henry was eventually forced to quit his farm.

Henry's father and brother were doing no better at farming than Henry was, so when a man came through town with jobs for apple thinners near Azwell, Washington, Henry, his brother Herman and father Fred took the man up on the offer. It was springtime and trees that were not 'thinned' usually grew smaller apples and the wind would cause the close growing fruit to bump into each other and bruise. They traveled from one orchard to the next until all the trees had been thinned.

When the thinning season was over, Herman, Henry and Fred started cutting 'stove' wood to sell to the wood yards. Henry sent money to Elsie and Sadie, his sisters, so that they would not starve back in Kansas. Sometime later, Henry left the wood cutting business and moved to Grand Coulee, Washington to work on the huge dam and hydroelectric generating facility being built there.

On August 4, 1942, Henry enlisted in the United States Army and remained on active duty until March 24, 1943 when the government released all enlisted soldiers who were 38 years old or more. On his enlistment papers, he listed his profession as carpenter's apprentice.

Henry returned to Grand Coulee after his war service. He never married nor had any children and died in 1989 at the age of 87. He is buried at the Spring Canyon Cemetery in Grand Coulee where many of his brothers and sisters are also buried.

WIFE of Henry F. Drees:

PARENTS of Henry F. Drees:
    Frederick Heinrich DREES Jr.

    Anna Marie "Lena" DEEKE

CHILDREN of Henry F. Drees:


  A Genealogy and History for the Family of Albert and Ethel Drees, by Donna Widenhoefer
  The Drees Family Tree, Book II, by Elsie Spicer
  1910 U.S. Federal Census for Phillips Co., KS
  1920 U.S. Federal Census for Phillips Co., KS
  1930 U.S. Federal Census for Phillips Co., KS
  U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
  Washington Death Index, 1940-1996
  U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File
  U.S. Social Security Death Index
  WEB: Find A Grave