Paul Drushella

Paul Vincent Drushella (1883 - 1955)

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Paul Vincent "Pauley" Drushella
Born in Eldora, Hardin, Iowa, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Spirit Lake, Dickinson County, Iowamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Fort Dodge, Webster, Iowa, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 14 Jan 2012
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Paul Drushella Family Photograph[1]
Top: Pliny, Nina, Alvin, Flavin Drushella
Bottom: Nellie Freed, Paul Drushella

Paul Vincent Drushella was born on January 22 (or 28), 1883 (or 1882) in Eldora, Iowa. He was the ninth child of August Druzella (family name spelling changed) and Rosa Mondart. He married Nellie Nancy Freed on September 23, 1903 in Spirit Lake, Iowa. Paul was Catholic, and Nellie was not, so he left the Catholic church when they were married.

Paul & Nellie Drushella[2]
Paul & Nellie Drushella

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.

PLAT Map Milford, Dickinson County, Iowa 1930
PLAT Map Milford, Dickinson County, Iowa 1930

In the early years of his adulthood, Paul had a blacksmith's shop for many years in Humboldt.

Flavin remembers that:

"He shoed horses down there. He'd charge them $2.00 for shoeing a horse. There was a ledger around the house for many years of what people owed him. There weren't many 'paid' on there. In fact, there were many outstanding accounts on the thing that never did get cleared up. Farmers would come in and get their horses shoed and pay him, but it was fine if they couldn't. That's just what it was. In those days, you just took care of everybody, and they paid you when they could."

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. [3]


Marriage Registration]

US Census Collection

Census 1900 Lloyd, Milford Township (part) & Richland Township Terril & Milford towns, Dickinson, Iowa, United States Census 1905 Dakota City, Humboldt County, Iowa Census 1910 Dakota City, Humboldt County, Iowa Census 1910 Milford, Dickinson County, Iowa Census 1920 Milford, Dickinson County, Iowa Census 1925 Humboldt, Humboldt County, Iowa Census 1930 Humboldt, Humboldt County, Iowa Census 1940 Humboldt, Humboldt County, Iowa

Last Will & Testament

Last Will & Testament


  1. Paul Drushella Family Photograph - courtesy Suzanne Sayer 1996
  2. Paul & Nellie Drushella Photograph - courtesy Suzanne Sayer 1996
  3. Biography - courtesy Suzanne Sayer 1996


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