Lester Ellis Drew

Brief Life History of Lester Ellis

When Lester Ellis Drew was born on 23 July 1895, in Keelville, Cherokee, Kansas, United States, his father, Erwin Drew, was 35 and his mother, Polly Ann Victoria Hand, was 23. He married Susanna Olive Breaky or Breakey on 23 August 1917, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Worth, Cook, Illinois, United States in 1930 and Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States in 1940. He died on 3 May 1985, in Dania, Dade, Florida, United States, at the age of 89.

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Lester Ellis Drew
Susanna Olive Breaky or Breakey
Marriage: 23 August 1917
Lester Ellis Drew Jr.
James 'Jimmy' Drew
John Erwin Drew
Eliza Dale Drew
Patricia Drew
Peggy Sue Drew
JoAnne Drew
Robert Drew
Donald 'Skippy' Drew
Dick Drew

Sources (23)

  • Lester E Drew, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Lester E. Drew, "Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920"
  • Lester Ellis Drew, "United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942"

World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

1897 · The Union Loop Elevated

The Loop was born in political scandal that combined the three elevated railways around Chicago and combined them into one. The scandal was to raise the fares for commuters so state legislators could receive more money while in office. 

1919 · The Eighteenth Amendment

The Eighteenth Amendment established a prohibition on all intoxicating liquors in the United States. As a result of the Amendment, the Prohibition made way for bootlegging and speakeasies becoming popular in many areas. The Eighteenth Amendment was then repealed by the Twenty-first Amendment. Making it the first and only amendment that has been repealed.

Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): from a Norman French personal name Dreus based on ancient Germanic Drogo, the name of one of the sons of Charlemagne (compare Gothic driugan ‘to serve as a soldier’). In Old French this name became Dreus, Drues (nominative) and Dru, Driu, Dreu (accusative) and was introduced to England by the Normans. For further information about this name, see also Montague .

English: from the personal name Drew, a pet form of Andrew which was confused with the same name of Old French origin (see 1 above).

Irish: when not an adoption of the English surname, a shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Druaidh or Ó Druaidh or Ó Draoi ‘son’ and ‘descendant of the druid’, from draoi ‘druid’, genitive druadh or draoi. All of these were often Anglicized as Drury .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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