They lived in the area of Dakota City during their adult lives. Dakota City had a population of 160 people. Nearby Humbolt, had a population of 4000 people.
In the early years of his adulthood, Paul had a blacksmith's shop for many years in Humboldt.
Flavin remembers that:
Paul did blacksmithing for many years, and then he went to work for a factory. The work was steadier down at the tile factory. He was a mechanic there. He did all kinds of things. He built a snow fencing machine from scratch. He made all the parts and welded and ground and put it together. The machine made snow fences. A snow fence is a board about an inch wide. It had three layers of wire that were twisted around to hold them straight up. There was a space in there so the wind wouldn't blow it over. The fences were placed in the fields to keep the snow from blowing on the road. Paul built the machine that made the fences, and then he also kept the machine running. The company also did tile manufacturing where they made great big three foot tiles.
The Depression was hard on the family, but Paul was able to keep his job, so as a whole his family didn't suffer too much.
One time, Paul and his wife and their son's P.W. and Dru, drove out to Oregon to visit Alvin. Dru had just bought a Ford. At that time, Texaco used to put out a map. You could write in and tell them where you were going. It listed where the motels were. They drove up through Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, and South Dakota. They went through six or seven tires during the trip. At that time, the roads were bad, and tires didn't last very long. Paul and Nancy got along really well on the trip, and in everyday life. They were both easy-going.
Paul was always a good provider for his family. He was a steady person. He didn't have many luxuries in his life, though. Flavin can remember when his dad would take him up to Spirit Lake, he wouldn't buy a fishing license because it was too expensive. Flavin would do all the catching of the perch. Then Paul or Nellie would take them off of his pole, and take them home and clean them. Hunting was the one thing that Paul really loved to do. But, he didn't own a gun. He had to borrow a gun from a friend. Some of these things were common for a family living in a small town during that period of time.
In the 1940's Paul and Nellie were living three miles south of Humboldt, near the cement plant. They had begun buying houses, fixing them up, and selling them for a small profit.
After he retired, Paul became a sport fisherman.
When Paul was on his deathbed, a priest was called in. He passed away on April l3, 1955 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He and his wife are buried in a little cemetery south of Humboldt, in between there and the cement plant.
--Many thanks to Dru (Flavin) Drushella for sharing his memories of his father, Paul. The following is extracted from an interview with Dru this past September, 1996. 
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