Lillie Elizabeth Drennan was born at John Sealy Hospital in Galveston, Texas, probably in early January of 1897. Her mother, about whom little is known, gave her up for adoption; at three weeks of age Lillie became the foster daughter of Francis Carolyn "Fannie" Nichols McGee of Hempstead. Lillie married William Barney Jackson on December 18, 1912, when she was fifteen years old; the couple had a son 1913 (W.B.) but were divorced in June 1914. On July 17, 1917, Lillie married Willard Ernest Drennan; this couple had no children and divorced in April 1929. Lillie married S. B. Boulware on October 31, 1931; they had no children and received a divorce in April 1943.
Lillie Drennan, in 1929, became the first woman to hold a commercial driver's license in Texas. She ran a regional hauling company called the Drennan Truck Line while maintaining an excellent driving record. During her long career Lillie received media attention in periodicals, newspapers, and radio broadcasts. In 1943 she visited Hollywood, where the Los Angeles Times hailed her as a "dry land Tugboat Annie." The Hempstead News dedicated a special oversized edition to Lillie, whom a trucking trade publication described as "a twentieth-century pioneer who has all the color of an Annie Oakley, and who lives the life of a hard-hitting frontiers-woman." The city of Hempstead, sometimes known as Six-Shooter Junction, honored Lillie with a banquet on Six-Shooter Junction Day, May 23, 1946; such luminaries as the director of TX Dept of Public Safety, Homer Garrison and the future governor of Texas, Beauford Jester. attended the celebration in her honor. Lillie Elizabeth (McGee) Drennan author of "Lillie of SIx Shooter Junction",her biography.
Lillie Drennan remainds one of the most colorful citizens of Hempstead, Waller County and the State of Texas. For more information on her life visit the Texas State Historical Association at http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fdr15
Lillie Drennan first lady with a truck driving license
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