|Aside from theirwedding photos, the photos presented here are the best available of thiscouple. Blanche is shown at left in 1914 at age 34. The photoof Harry is much later, probably taken during the 1920's when Harry wasin his 40's.|
ORIGINSAND BACKGROUND OF JAMES H. DREW
James "Harry" Drew, 1880 - 1937, wasthe youngest surviving childof James and Theresa Drew of Daviess County, Indiana. ["Harry"is the standard nickname for "Henry" which was his real baptismal name.] His parents (an Irish immigrant father and first generation Irish mother)struggled to survive on a farm in Barr Township, Daviess County, Indianaand had Harry late in life. Harry attended Barr Township School andwas a very good student through grade school and high school. Whenhe was just 10, his father died; and less than two years later, his motherdied, leaving Harry an Orphan. At that time, he was taken in by hiselder sister, Catherine, and her husband, John Beckett who already hadchildren not much younger than Harry. For more details andinfo on Catherine Drew Beckett, CLICKHERE.
Following high school, Harry attended IndianaTeachers' College in Valparaiso (which later became Valparaiso University.) Although tradition is that he "attended Valparaiso with his CousinKate McGee" I have to question this tradition because Kate (fromMissouri) was 11 years older than Harry and was just one year older thanHarry's brother George, who also attended Valparaiso. At any rate,all three did attend Valparaiso and graduated as certified teachers andboth George and Kate had illustrious careers as teachers. My guessis that George and Kate attended at the same time (in the late 1880's)and Harry would have attended about 1898 - 1900. So far we have beenunsuccessful in finding any records on them through the Valparaiso UniversityArchivist. [They exchanged e-mails; but I'm not sure they reallytried]
Harry's obituary asserts that he moved toIndianapolis in 1900, which would probably have been after completing hisstudies at Valparaiso. He then attended Indiana Law School and completeda law degree. It is not known how long he practiced law; but at thetime of his engagement notice in the February 28, 1909 edition of the "CatholicColumbian Record" he is described as a "prominent young lawyer." His engagement announcement in the Indianapolis News, February 20, 1909asserts that he was Secretary and Treasurer of the IndianapolisBrass Company and a member of the law firm of McGee, Reardon, &Drew. A scrapbook was passed down to his daughter, Louise,which contained his written (tongue in cheek) proposalof marriage to Blanche Greenen in "florid legalese" which has beena source of myrth to all who have read it.
In addition to the curriculum sequence above,The Daviess County Democrat, of Washington Indiana, asserts (in Harry'sengagement announcement 2/28/09) that Harry was "atone time the owner of the Owl Drug Store here and went from here to Indianapolisto work with the Mooney- Mueller Drug Company." The datesof these "pharmaceutical endeavors" are not given in either documents ortraditions.
James H. Drew's family of origin is describedin a well researched website at http://www.wildirishroots.com/DREW/1833JamesDrew/1833JamesDrew.html.
ORIGINSAND BACKGROUND OF BLANCHE GREENEN
Blanche Greenen's family of origin is describedin a well researched website at http://www.wildirishroots.com/Greenen/1842JWGreenen/1842JWGreenen.html
THEMARRIAGE OF JAMES H. AND BLANCHE: JUNE 1909
AWESOME PHOTOS & DOCUMENTSARE ON LINE!
CLICK HEREto see the story and some stunning photos of the wedding and honeymoon.
THEEARLY YEARS IN INDIANAPOLIS: 1909 - 1918
HARRY SUCCEEDS IN BUSINESS ~SIX CHILDREN AND A WORLD WAR
CAVORTINGWITH THE GREENEN COUSINS
CLOSE SIBLINGS & COUSINSTHROUGH THE 20's & 30's
HARRY AND FAMILY CONTINUE TOSUCCEED. AFFLUENCE ACHIEVED
The photo above most surely was taken by James H.Drew as the 7 Drew children assembled around their mother on the porchof their Cleveland home on Bellmore Avenue. Note the (huge) size& configuration of the home or appartments) next door as they willserve as a "clue" in a later sequenceof Cleveland photos.
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During these years the Drew family attendedSt. Philomena's church; and children went to St Philomena's parish school. The year following the family's move to Cleveland, the seventh and lastchild arrived. Richard F. Drewwas born March 8, 1920 and baptized at St. Philomena's CLICKHERE to read more about the baptism and see some interesting photodocumentation.
CLICK HERE to see more informationabout the Drew family home in Cleveland.
James H. Drew obviously had a very goodcamera by this time. Most likely he developed his interest in camerasthrough his brother in law, Charles Peter Greenen, Blanche's eldest brother. Charlie Greenen, in turn, was blessed with a father in law (Herman Dewenter)who was a true pioneer in camera technology. Herman, blessed with the resourcesof the very successful Kruse & Dewenter Furnace Company [His wife wasa Kruse] and their connections in Germany, was able to afford the verybest cameras and lenses... and had his lenses shipped over from Germany. Both men also had the passion to learn how to use their cameras. [Both Herman and Charlie had the same kind of passion for cars... whichthey shared with James "Harry" Drew.] A few of us "luckiercousins" have seen the fabulous CD-ROM collection of Herman Dewenter photosfrom the very early 1900s... scanned by Jim Greenen... and they are trulymagnificent. [They are available on a CD courtesy of Jim Greenen]
A few of the Herman Dewenter & CharlesP. Greenen photos show up elsewhere in the Greenen and Drew story; as you'veprobably seen already. But the Dewenter - Greenen Camera-lust andCar-lust story is really a tangent... so back to our James H. Drew story:
Note that a collection of photos takenby Herman Dewenter & Charles P. Greenen are in the keeping of the IndianaState Historical Society and are worth a trip to the museum toview them. At present only the negatives are available to view; buta generous donation by someone could probably entice the Society to convertthem to hard copy photos.
CLICK HERE tosee more pictures of the Drew family during the Cleveland years.
INFLUENZA LEAVES BLANCHE DEAF BUTNOT DEVOID OF MUSIC
DANNYIS RUN OVER BY A GROCERY TRUCK: 1920
SCARRED FOR LIFE BUT NOT HANDICAPPED
THEMANSFIELD YEARS: 1925 - 1931
PROSPEROUS "GOLDEN YEARS" FOR THEFAMILY
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Above is the large house in Mansfield thatwas home to the James H. Drew Family from 1925 to 31. The home wasin a very "mainstream" affluent part of town about 6 blocks from downtownand St. Peter's Church and Grade School where the family attended Churchand school.
The photo above was taken much later, probablywith a poloroid camera. The blacktop on the driveway was not therein the 20's but was added much later. It is believed that this photowas taken by William K. Drew during a "nostalgia visit" to his old homesteadin the 1980's
MARION AVENUE IN 2001
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The photo above shows Mansfield's MarionAvenue as it appeared in 2001. The photo is taken from very nearthe Drew family home.
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Although the "north neighbors'" home stillstands (center of above photo) the site of the Drew home is a Pizza Shopin 2001.
CLICK HERE to see more picturesof the family during the Mansfield years.
SUMMARYOF 7 CHILDREN
OF JAMES H. DREW & BLANCHEGREENEN
To view the available baptismal documents,click on the thumbnails at left.
. JAMES JOSEPH . DANIEL GREENEN . BLANCHE CECELIA NO DOCUMENT WILLIAM KEVIN NO DOCUMENT MARY LOUISE NO DOCUMENT EDWARD VINCENT RICHARD FRANCIS
CLICK HERE to see more photodocumentation ofRichard F. Drew's Cleveland Baptism
THEFINAL YEARS ~~ BACK IN INDY: 1931-1944
MAKING THE BEST OF VERY HARD TIMES
THECHILDREN IN THEIR AUTUMN YEARS: 1970's & 80's
ENJOYING THE FRUITS OF A GOOD LIFE
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