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Mrs. William Drueke Francis Sr.

Member

Rose Society

Rose Society

Background Information

Employment History

President and Treasurer
Quinn Stationery Co.

Vice President
Drueke-Lynch Co.

Affiliations

Founder
William F. Drueke and Sons , Inc.

Board Member
William F. Drueke and Sons , Inc.

Active Member
Grand Rapids Symphony Society

Active Member
Grand Rapids Rose Society

Active Member
Mary Free Bed Guild

Active Member
St. Cecilia Society

Active Member
Women's City Club

Member
Drueke-Lynch Co.

Education

degree of Bachelor of Science
Design



Central High School



Grand Rapids Junior College



Loyola Academy



Marathon High School

degree
accounting
University of Chicago

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William and Rose Smith Drueke Family

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Three generations named William F. Drueke, in 1947: William F. Drueke, IIII; William F. Drueke, Sr.; William F. Drueke, Jr.

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William F. Drueke Sr., of 1624 Seminole SE., manufacturer of chess and other adult games and a civic leader, died in Berea Ky., Wednesday, while on his way to Florida. He was 72. Mr. and Mrs. Drueke left Grand Rapids Monday for a two-months trip. He had a physical examination before leaving and was believed in good health. Tuesday afternoon he complained of not feeling well and when examined by a physician in Berea was ordered to College Hospital there. Wednesday, at 11 a. m., he suffered a heart attack which proved fatal. Mr. Drueke was a native of Grand Rapids. He was a furniture manufacturer and in 1914 began manufacturing a line of chess games. In this project he was a pioneer in America. Before that time all chess games were imported from Europe until their importation was stopped by World War I. In 1932 he and his sons established the William F. Drueke and Sons Company, manufacturer of adult games. The plant is located at 601 Third NW. Mr. Drueke was a member of St. Stephen's Church and Holy name Society. He also was a member, one of the earliest, of the Peninsular Club.
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DIES ON VACATION--Funeral services for William F. Drueke, sr., 72, of 1624 Seminole dr., SE, will be held at 10 a. m. Saturday at St. Stephen's church. Owner of a games - manufacturing firm here, he died of a heart attack Wednesday in Berea Ky., while on his way to a Florida vacation with his wife. Burial will be at Mount Calvary cemetery. The Grand Rapids Herald, Friday, January 20, 1956 Drueke Rites Will Be Held on Saturday Funeral services for William F. Drueke Sr., civic leader and manufacturer of chess and other adult games, will be held in St. Stephen's Church at 10 a. m. Saturday. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Mr. Drueke died in Berea, Ky., Wednesday, while on his way to Florida.
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Mr. Drueke was 72 and lived at 1624 Seminole SE. Obituary in Grand Rapids Paper in January 1956 Drueke--William F. Drueke sr., aged 72, of 1624 Seminole rd., SE, passed away Wednesday morning at Berea, Ky. Surviving are his widow, Rose; two sons, William, jr., and Joseph of Grand Rapids; three daughters, Mrs. James L. Griffin, of Grand Rapids, Mrs. John Ederer of Saginaw and Mrs. A. J. Biggins of Wilmette, Ill.; a brother, Clarence of Grand Rapids; three sisters, Mrs. Claude Cheney, Mrs. J. A. Hesse and Mrs. George Matthews of Grand Rapids, and twenty-four grandchildren. Drueke--William F. Drueke sr., aged 72, of 1624 Seminole rd., SE, passed away Wednesday morning at Berea, Ky. Surviving are his widow, Rose; two sons, William, jr., and Joseph of Grand Rapids; three daughters, Mrs. James L. Griffin, of Grand Rapids, Mrs. John Ederer of Saginaw and Mrs. A. J. Biggins of Wilmette, Ill.; a brother, Clarence of Grand Rapids; three sisters, Mrs. Claude Cheney, Mrs. J. A. Hesse and Mrs. George Matthews of Grand Rapids, and twenty-four grandchildren.
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Will and Rose missed their 50th wedding anniversary by five months.
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F. Drueke & Sons, Inc., William was President, Joseph was Vice President and Treasurer, and Marian was Secretary.
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In the 1967 directory, there is no company listing, but in their personal listings, Joseph was President and William was Vice President and Treasurer.
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In the 1968 directory listing for the company, William was President, Marian was Vice president and Secretary, and Willetta Potter was Treasurer.
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In their 1968 personal listings, William was President, and Joseph was Treasurer.
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Mrs. W. F. Drueke, Industrialist's Widow Mrs. William F. (Rose) Drueke, 91, of 1624 Seminole Rd. SE, past board member of William F. Drueke & Sons, Inc., died Sunday at Villa Elizabeth. She was the widow of William F. Drueke, founder of the corporation. Born in Grand Rapids, and a piano teacher many years ago, she was an active member of St. Cecilia Society, Grand Rapids Symphony, Women's City Club, Mary Free Bed Guild and the Grand Rapids Rose Society. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. John E. (Marian) Ederer of Saginaw, Mrs. J. Alfred (Jane) Biggins of Long Beach, Calif., Mrs. James L. (Rosemary) Griffin of Grand Rapids; two sons, William F. and Joseph W. of Grand Rapids; 24 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
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Mrs. Drueke was a native and lifelong resident of Grand Rapids, the widow of William F. Drueke Sr., founder of William F. Drueke and Sons, Inc., a longtime member of the St. Cecilia Society, the Women's City Club, the Grand Rapids Symphony Society, the Mary Free Bed Guild and a member of Rose Society.
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Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. John E. (Marian) Ederer of Saginaw, Mrs. J. Alfred (Jane) Biggins of Long Beach, Calif., Mrs. James L. (Rosemary) Griffin; two sons, William F. Drueke, Joseph W. Drueke, all of Grand Rapids; 24 grandchildren, and 30 great-grandchildren.
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William Francis Drueke 1912-2000 m. 1941 Doris McLaughlin 1920-1997
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William Francis Drueke b. 1943 m. 1964 Bertha Tucker b. 1948 m. 1967 Mary Bialecki b. 1948 m. 1992 Mary Jo Erxleben b. 1942
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On May 1, 2000, William F. Drueke died in Grand Rapids of pneumonia. He was 87, the last of the Drueke children to die. Following mass at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, he was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Grand Rapids. William learned photography as a young boy from his favorite uncle, Crescence Smith. Many of his photos were donated to the Grand Rapids Public Library. The photos are in The Grand Rapids History & Special Collections Center, Collection No. 212. William bought a computer in 1985 and used it to record the Drueke family tree, a valuable source of information for this Web site.
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When William F. Drueke died in 1956, sons Joe and Bill continued running the Drueke game company that their father had founded in 1914.
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When William F. Drueke died in 1956, sons Joe and Bill continued running the Drueke game company that their father had founded in 1914.
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Bill did the manufacturing and Joe did the sales.
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Bill and Joe ran the company jointly until 1971; Bill was president all but two years in that time.
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Bill and Joe ran the company jointly until 1971; Bill was president all but two years in that time.
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In 1971, with the third generation entering the scene, there was difference of opinion between Joe and Bill.
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In 1987, Bill and Marian sold thier stock to Low Tech Co.


John Alfred and Jane Drueke Biggins Family

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William Peter Drueke

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William Peter Drueke was Vice President of Drueke-Lynch Co., a wholesaler of liquors and bar supplies.
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In April 1918, Jane's grandfather, William Peter Drueke, was forced out of business by a Michigan prohibition law that preceded the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by almost two years. He was 65.
In 1926, after eight years of retirement, William Peter Drueke died.
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Her brother William graduated from Central High School in 1932 and was in college until 1933.
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The 1935 and 1936 Grand Rapids city directories show Jane as Secretary of the Drueke company, her brother Joseph as Vice President, and her brother William as Treasurer.
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Jane's brother William said that their father was very upset when Irene married a non-Catholic, but not so with their mother.


William Peter and Elizabeth Berles Drueke Family

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William Peter Drueke Built a Future in "Furniture City"
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William Peter Drueke
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William Peter Drueke probably lived in New York also before moving on to Grand Rapids.
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In 1872, at age 19, William moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, probably with his sister and her husband.
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William Peter Drueke was never listed in the New York directory and first listed in the Grand Rapids directory in 1873.
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In 1876, William Drueke was promoted to traveling agent for William Hake.
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William Hake, like William Drueke, was from Westphalia.
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William Hake was also the local agent for the Hamburg America Line, whose steamship Thuringia brought William Drueke to America in 1871.
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William Peter Drueke, 29, and Elizabeth Berles, 24, were married on November 23, 1882, at St. Mary's Church.
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In 1883, after working for William Hake for seven years, William Peter Drueke started his own wholesale liquor business with Alexander Kennedy, Drueke & Kennedy, on the east side of the Grand River at 25 Canal Street (now Monroe Avenue NW, north of Pearl).
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The Michigan Tradesman for May 9, 1888, reported that William Peter Drueke and Alexander Kennedy had dissolved their partnership of the last five years.
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In 1905, Mr. and Mrs. William Drueke of 122 Summer Street, with their son William Drueke, Jr., were listed in the Society Blue Book for Grand Rapids.
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On April 11, 1926, after eight years of retirement, William Peter Drueke, died of cancer at age 73. He was survived by his wife Elizabeth and six of their eight children. He was buried at Mount Calvary Cemetery.
The Grand Rapids Herald, April 12, 1926 WILLIAM P. DRUEKE, WELL KNOWN LOCALLY, DIES AT THE AGE OF 73 William P. Drueke, 73, 1144 Alexander st., SE, a resident of Grand Rapids and well known throughout the state, died yesterday at his home after an illness of three months.
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Mr. Drueke was a member of the firm of Drueke & Lynch, liquor dealers, for 43 years. While engaged in that industry he traveled in all parts of the state. He was a member of the B. P. O. E., the Holy Name and Arbiter societies, and was connected with many charitable endeavors in the city.
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In March 2012, Jack Sullivan wrote a blog story about William Peter Drueke's career, The blog is called Those Pre-Pro Whiskey Men!
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Adults, from left: Frank Drueke, 45, and wife Bertha Reidel Drueke, 35; Clarence Drueke, 33, and wife Elizabeth "Betty" Drueke; Josephine Berles Drueke, 65 (husband Charles had died in 1928); Paul Hake, 56, and wife Abigail Berles Hake, 59; Elizabeth Berles Drueke, 73 (husband William Peter had died in 1926); and Will Drueke, 48.
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Children of Frank and Bertha: Mary Louise Drueke, 4, standing in front of Bertha; Edwin Drueke, 7, standing in front of Will.


William Francis ...

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William Francis Drueke

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William Francis Drueke was born October 7, 1883, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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William Francis Drueke, 22, and Rose Viola Smith, 24, were married on June 28, 1906, at St. Mary's Church.
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After the wedding, Will and Rose lived for a couple years at 101 Cass Avenue (441 Cass Avenue SE after 1912).
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Will continued to work as a traveling salesman in his father's liquor business
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Rose and Will's fourth child, William Francis Drueke, Jr., was born September 12, 1912.
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In 1913, Will left Worden Grocery and went into a retail grocery partnership with James DeBoer and Glenn E. DeNise, called the James DeBoer Co.
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In 1913, Tante and Uncle Charlie moved across the Grand River from 151 Gold Avenue NW to 251 Union Ave NE, a few blocks northwest of Will and Rose.
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In 1914, Will left the grocery business and became President and Treasurer of Quinn Stationery Co. at 131 Ottawa Avenue NW.
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Sometime in the early 1900s, Will joined the Peninsular Club at 120 Ottawa Avenue NW, about a mile west of 120 Grand Avenue.
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In 1917, Will decided that demand was great enough that he could afford to make instead of buy his products. Wm. F. Drueke & Co. moved from Downtown to a small building he rented at 122 Scribner Avenue NW, which was back on the west side of the river. Wm. F. Drueke, Jr. recounts that bought the equipment necessary to make chess and hired his own workforce. At that time Grand Rapids had a big supply of skilled woodworkers. The war in Europe was still going on, and Will got a big contract to make breech sticks to clean guns for the U.S. Army.
Also in 1917, A Beginner's Book of Chess was written to instruct beginnning players.
Drueke Children, 1917 Drueke Children, 1917. From left: Irene, 10, Jane, 3, William, 5, and Joseph, 6.
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Will was 33.
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While this is not intended as a "Ad," it is only right to mention that the success of Sammy's far Western tour is due to the personal interest and effort of William F. Drueke of Grand Rapids, Mich., who traveled ahead as advance agent.
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Not shown: Joseph, 11, and William, 10.
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Will was out of a job. After that, as his son tells it, Will sold hospital furniture, steel cabinets, and whatever to keep Irene in college at the University of Michigan, Marian at the University of Illinois, and feed the rest of the family.
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According to son William, Will bought stock on margin in 1926 and 1927. Following the 1929 stock market crash, he lost $7,000. In the 1930 census, Will was listed as a salesman for a furniture factory.
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WRITES HISTORY OF FURNITURE - Miss Irene Drueke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William F. Drueke of Grand Rapids, has completed a thesis on the history of furniture in conncetion with her work for an advanced degree at the University of Michigan.
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Miss Drueke was awarded a degree of Bachelor of Science in Design by the university some time ago. She has had a year and a half of experience at Hesse's Interior Decorating Shop in Grand Rapids and is now employed by the J. L. Hudson Company of Detroit. Her father formerly was a Grand Rapids furniture manufacturer and is now specializing in wood hospital furniture.
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In January 1932, William, Jr., graduated from Central High School. He attended Grand Rapids Junior College (now Grand Rapids Community College) until 1933.
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Adults, from left: Frank Drueke, 45, and wife Bertha Reidel Drueke, 35; Clarence Drueke, 33, and wife Elizabeth "Betty" Drueke; Josephine Berles Drueke, 65 (husband Charles had died in 1928); Paul Hake, 56, and wife Abigail Berles Hake, 59; Elizabeth Berles Drueke, 73 (husband William Peter had died in 1926); and Will Drueke, 48.
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Children of Frank and Bertha: Mary Louise Drueke, 4, standing in front of Bertha; Edwin Drueke, 7, standing in front of Will.
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In 1932, Will re-established the Drueke game business in their home. He resumed making cribbage and chess sets. For a time, he imported chess pieces from France. After refinishing and repackaging them, the pieces were sold with the Drueke label.
William, Jr., recounts that the basement was used for chess dipping, boxing, and other assembly work, which was done after school by Jane, 16, and Rosemary, 14.
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William, Jr., hooked up a phone line from the basement to the attic.
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M. Drueke as Secretary, and William F. Drueke, Jr., is Treasurer.
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On August 3, 1937, Will and Rose's daughter Irene Elizabeth married Philip Edward Cowan of Detroit in Grand Rapids.
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On November 12, 1937, Will and Rose's daughter Jane married Al Biggins, a corrugated box salesman for Container Corporation of America.
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Driving behind the car which struck the trailer was a car containing Mr. and Mrs. William F. Drueke of 120 Grand-av., N. E., Grand Rapids, parents of Mrs. Cowan and Miss Drueke.
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Driving behind the car which struck the trailer was a car containing Mr. and Mrs. William F. Drueke of 120 Grand-av., N. E., Grand Rapids, parents of Mrs. Cowan and Miss Drueke.
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Also in the Drueke car were William, jr., Joseph, Marian and Rosemary Drueke, brothers and sisters of Mrs. Cowan and Jane Drueke.
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Mrs. Cowan, a bride of last August and Miss Drueke, who was to have been married Saturday at St. Andrew's church to Mr. Biggins are daughters of Mr. and Mrs. William Drueke.
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Mr. and Mrs. Drueke, closely following the ill fated car, were soon at the scene and gave every aid possible.
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Four generations at 120 Grand Avenue in 1939: Elizabeth Berles Drueke, 81; Emily Jane Biggins, 1; Jane Drueke Biggins, 25; William Francis Drueke, 56.
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After the war, the family moved back to St. Louis, where their last child William was born in 1947.
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On May 8, 1939, Will and Rose's son Joseph, age 28, married Joan Pike, age 24, at St. Andrew's Cathedral in Grand Rapids.
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On June 22, 1940, Will and Rose's daughter Rosemary, age 23, married James Griffin, age 27, in Grand Rapids.
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On January 25, 1941, Will and Rose's son William, age 27, married Doris McLaughlin, age 20, at Sacred Heart Church in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
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Bill met Doris in the Summer of 1940.
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Bill worked for the Drueke company, focusing on manufacturing, and eventually became president of the company. Bill and Doris spent their whole married life in Grand Rapids.
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In 1943, their second child Bill was born.
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On the same day, Elizabeth Drueke was born to William and Doris McLaughlin Drueke.
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From 1941 to 1946, Will and his sons Joe and Bill applied for and received patents for the design of eight games.
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From 1941 to 1946, Will and his sons Joe and Bill applied for and received patents for the design of eight games.
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William F. Drueke
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William F. Drueke
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William F. Drueke, Jr. Game Board (Play A Way game)
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William F. Drueke, Jr. Game Board (Play A Way game)
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William Francis Drueke Jr.
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William F. Drueke
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Printing block for Drueke logo. 5/8 x 1 3/16 inches. Old copper face mounted on hardwood. Source: eBay, July 2007.
Drawing for patent D2395174 Drawing for patent D128794, issued to William F. Drueke in 1941 for chessmen.
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Will, Rose, Children, and Spouses Back row: Al Biggins, Jane Drueke Biggins, Joe Drueke, Joan Pike Drueke, Bill Drueke, Jr., Doris McLaughlin Drueke.
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Front row: Marian Drueke, Will Drueke, Rose Drueke, Rosemary Drueke Griffin.
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Drueke Grandchildren Back row: Bill Biggins, Gretchen Griffin, Peter Biggins, Bob Griffin, Irene Drueke, Emily Biggins, Jim Biggins, Joe Drueke, Bill Drueke.
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Joe Drueke, Bill Biggins, Jim Biggins, Bill Drueke, Fred Drueke, Carole Lynn Drueke.
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Rose and Will Drueke feeding the pigeons in front of the Milan Cathedral in 1950. Several months later in 1950, Will and Rose took a vacation to Europe.
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The photo of Will and Rose feeding the pigeons was taken in front of the Milan Cathedral, which was built from 1366 and 1485.
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While on this trip to Europe, Will and Rose went to Helden, in the Westphalia section of Germany, to visit Emma


William Francis and Rose Smith Drueke - Directory Listings

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