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Drews, Fredericke (Glawe) 1853 - 1934


Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 7/8/2021 at 12:21:39

Clayton County Register, Thur., 15 Mar. 1934.

Mrs. Fredericke Drews, nee Glawe, was born November 4th, 1853, in Zuessow, Kreis Greiswald, Pommern, Germany. She was baptized two days later, November 6th, 1853. Already at the time of her birth God saw fit to call unto him her mother, and when only two years old, again her father, thus making her an orphan from early infancy. As a young child she was reared among strange people.

According to Christ's command to baptize and teach, she also was duly instructed in the word of God, being confirmed in the Lutheran faith, which faith she held until her death a few days ago.

As a young woman she worked out until her marriage with Mr. John Drews, October 28th, in 1876. Five years later, 1881, she, together with her husband, left the Fatherland, coming to this country and making their home for the first month with Mr. Frank Rohvetter at Garnavillo, Iowa. After this they established their own home, first in the vicinity of Garnavillo, where Mr. Drews continued to work as a day laborer. Then, in 1889, they moved to Farmersburg, making this their home. This home they enjoyed together until the death of Mr. Drews on June 6th, 1917. This union had been blessed with five children, Mrs. Henry Harnack, Mrs. Wm. Gruel, Mrs. John Engelhardt, Mrs. Henry Gruel, and a baby boy who died in infancy.

After the death of her husband, Mrs. Drews continued to live in Farmersburg until a year ago last October when, because of her old age and health, she made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Henry Gruel, near Farmersburg.

Mrs. Drews had always enjoyed comparatively good health, until 18 years ago when she was afflicted with cancer, but with good medical care was cured of this affliction. Just a year ago last fall she again consulted her doctors with the same good results.

About a week before her death Mrs. Drews was taken ill with a slight cold but even on the day of her death, did not consider it anything serious when, however, it quickly developed into double pneumonia, causing her death at three o'clock, on Monday afternoon, March 5th, 1934. She had reached the age of 80 years, 4 months and 1 day.

Mrs. Drews affiliated herself with the local St. John's Lutheran church and the Frauen Verein, an organization of this church.

She leaves to mourn her four daughters, six grandchildren, and other relatives and friends.

May she rest in peace and the eternal light shine.


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