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Mert J. Draffen
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Birth: Aug. 24, 1886
Death: Apr. 29, 1970

From the Paducah Sun-Democrat

Calvert City, Ky., April 30 - Mert J. Draffen, 84, a businessman here for more than six decades, died at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah following an illness of about two years.

Mr. Draffen was a partner in Draffen Department Store since its founding 64 years ago. He had been president of Calvert Bank since 1931.

The department store, a landmark in North Marshall County, was started in 1906 when the Draffen brothers - Mert and Luther - worked at a sawmill and prepared much of the lumber to be used in the first building, a small structure that cost the brothers $105. At first, the repair of shoes and harness was offered, then hardware was added and, still later, groceries. The Draffens, at first, would accept groceries for sale only on a consignment basis. The present sore was constructed in 1923.

The bank, organized in 1908, had only one president before Mr. Draffen became the chief officer. Except for a bank holiday declared by the federal government, the bank remained in operation throughout the depression days of the 1930's, a time when most other banks across the nation were closed.

The Draffen brothers, in 1932, purchased bonds that brought about the construction of a new Calvert City school. Mr. Draffen was a leader in the effort for the new school. The procedure involved establishing a school district and issuance of bonds to finance the cost of construction.

(The rest of obituary was continued in another section of the paper. It will need to be researched with the Historical Society at a later date.)
Family links: 
  Jennie Vannerson Draffen (1889 - 1969)
  Sara Frances Draffen Russell (1916 - 2014)*
  William Roy Draffen (1921 - 2003)*
*Calculated relationship
Calvert City Cemetery
Calvert City
Marshall County
Kentucky, USA
Created by: Kenneth A. Allgood
Record added: Nov 29, 2008
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Mert J. Draffen
Added by: Kenneth A. Allgood
Mert J. Draffen
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Mert J. Draffen
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- Kenneth A. Allgood
 Added: Nov. 29, 2008

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