A prominent mill owner of Lebanon, Linn County, Ore., is John Edward Drucks, who located in that city September 6, 1899, and became the proprietor of his present property, which he has since overhauled, putting in new and modern machinery, and now, with water as the motive power, he turns out one hundred barrels of flour per day. He has a large trade, California especially receiving much of his product. He also owns a large warehouse and buys all the grain which comes into the city.
The father of John E. Drucks, Frank Drucks, was born in Austria, November 2, 1822, came to the United States in 1856, locating with his family at Manitowoc, Wis., where he followed his trade of copper for one year and a half, after which he removed to a farm which he had purchased there. In 1876 he came west, passing through Oregon and settling five miles east of Vancouver, Wash., where he bought Hexter's flour mill, a remainder of the old Hudson Bay possessions. For five years he conducted this business with considerable profit, after which he located in Portland and engaged in the grocery business until 1902. In that year he retired from the active cares of life, and coming to Lebanon, he now makes his home with his son, a sturdy product of a sturdy age and nation. Mr. Drucks married Rosa Wartz, a native of the location in which he first saw the light of day. She died on the farm near Vancouver in 1887, at the age of fifty-six years.
Of the eleven children, nine sons and two daughters, born to his parents, of whom five are now living, John Edward Drucks is the fourth. He was born in Manitowoc, Wis., October 24, 1857, and received his education in the common schools of his native state. He was nineteen years of age when his parents settled in Oregon, and he soon took charge of his father's mill in Washington. In 1879 he assumed the same position in the Star Mills of McMinnville, Ore., where he remained until 1884. In that year he entered the flour business in Sheridan, Ore., where he bought a mill, and in 1885 he located for a short time in Portland. He then carried his milling interests into Washington, there becoming the owner of a mill at La Camas, which he conducted for two years. At the expiration of this period he located in San Francisco, Cal., there assuming charge of a flour mill until 1888, when he returned to Oregon and purchased a half interest in a hotel at Medford. The next year he leased the property and removed to Portland, where he engaged in the real estate and brokerage business. In 1894 he returned to California and spent one year in Los Angeles, after which he again located in Portland and continued his former occupation until his return to the milling business at Lebanon in 1899.
The marriage of Mr. Drucks occurred in McMinnville, Ore., in 1881, Anna Sax, a native of Portland, becoming his wife. Of the three children born to them, two of whom are living, Edward S., who was born in McMinnville in 1883, is studying medicine in the College of Physicians and Surgeons in San Francisco; Lenora, also born in that city, makes her home with her parents; Zeda, who was born in Medford, Ore., in 1888, died in Vancouver, Wash., at the age of three years and four months. Mr. Drucks has become the owner of a fine residence in Lebanon, in addition to which he owns ninety-four and a half acres of land near Troutdale, and sixteen acres near Portland. In his fraternal relations Mr. Drucks is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, and politically is a Republican. He is at present serving as city councilman, having always taken an active and intelligent interest in municipal affairs. He belongs to the Roman Catholic Church.
"Portrait and Biographical Record of the Willamette Valley", page 1206