Henry August Drees
1883 - 1965

BORN: 01 Dec 1883
         Herne-Holsterhausen, Westfalia
BAPTISED: 09 Dec 1883
         Evangeliche Kirchengemeinde
         Herne Holstershausen, Westfalia
CONFIRMED: Palm Sunday, 1898
         St. Johns Lutheran Church, Daykin, Nebraska
MARRIED: Frieda "Hattie" MEESKE
         04 Apr 1907
         St. Johns Lutheran Church, Daykin, Nebraska
DIED: 18 Feb 1965
         Hebron, Nebraska

Henry August Drees was born on December 1st, 1883 in Herne-Holsterhausen and emigrated with his family to Daykin, Nebraska when he was only a few months old.

Henry was injured as a young boy. He was cutting corn stocks when the horses panicked. The resulting cut was severe enough that his leg had to be amputated just below the knee. He made his own wooden leg from a two by four, taking it to the harness shop where they padded it and attached straps. He also had an artificial leg but it wasn't as comfortable so he seldom wore it. Despite this, Henry never complained. He was a good-natured person and carried on his farm duties just as everyone else did.

In 1907 he married Hattie Meeske in Daykin, Nebraska and he and his wife moved in with her father who was a widower. Later, probably 1912, they got their own farm southeast of Daykin. They moved to a farm near Fairbury in 1928 and finally to Marsing, Idaho in 1942.

Henry moved back to Daykin after his wife Hattie died in 1946. In 1954 Henry moved into the Blue Valley Home in Hebron, Nebraska, where he lived until his death on February 18th, 1965.

Henry August Drees is buried at St. Johns Cemetary in Daykin, next to his wife and infant sons.

WIFE of Henry August Drees:
    Frieda "Hattie" MEESKE


PARENTS of Henry August Drees:
    Frederick Heinrich DREES

    Anne Katherine Ilsabein BRUENGER

CHILDREN of Henry August Drees:
   1. Henry August DREES Jr

   2. John Walther DREES
   3. Bernard Gustav "Roy" DREES
   4. Reinhold Heinrich "Ralph" DREES
   5. Alfred August "Erwin" DREES
   6. Walter DREES


  The Drees Family Tree, Book II, by Elsie Spicer
  1900 U.S. Federal Census for Jefferson Co. NE
  1910 U.S. Federal Census for Jefferson Co. NE
  U.S. World War I Draft Registration 1917-1918
  1920 U.S. Federal Census for Jefferson Co. NE
  1930 U.S. Federal Census for Jefferson Co. NE
  1940 U.S. Federal Census for Jefferson Co. NE
  WEB: Find A Grave