Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
WILL S. DREW resides at Chelan,
Washington. He is one of the well known men in Chelan county, and
has operated quite extensively in this and adjacent sections in mining
and civil engineering. He was born in Fremont county, Iowa, on April
8, 1866, being the son of John and Margaret (Martin) Drew, natives of Sullivan,
Illinois, and Indiana, respectively. The father was one of the gold
seekers to Californa in early days and made three trips across the plains.
The mother's father was one of the very early settlers in Indiana and participated
in the battle of Tippecanoe, under General Harrison. He was a distinguished
rifle shot, as also is our subject, who has won many prizes, both in the
East and in the West, in various contests. Our subject has two brothers,
Elliot, living at Point Lookout, Utah, and Stephen H., living in Chelan.
He also has two sisters, Meridian, wife of William Watson, of Hamburg,
Iowa, and Olivia, wife of A. L. Grove, of Chelan.
Our subject left Iowa in 1883 and located
in Nebraska, where he entered the employ of Robert Compton, a cattle man.
Later we see him at Sheridan, Wyoming, engaged in surveying. Thence
he came to Utah, where he was forman of the Bear River Irrigation and Ogden
Water Works Company for two years and assistant engineer one year.
Then he came to the state of Washington and for two years held the position
of observer for the geological survey party in the United States engineering
department, operating in Okanogan and adjacant counties. He is now
forest ranger, having been appointed by the secretary of the interior.
At Brighton City, Utah, in 1899, Mr. Drew
married Miss Minnie Johnson, whose father, William Johnson, was a freighter
on the plains for years. He was later engaged in the stock business
in Utah, where he now lives. To Mr. and Mrs. Drew one child has been
born, Clifford Lincoln.