Son of Henry & Elizabeth (Shroeder) Drees. Married Mary Boeckenstedt May 1876. John bought his father-in-laws farm east of New Vienna. Mary died 7-6-1892. Children: Elizabeth (Mrs. Frank Schlindler) of Reliance, SD; Mary (Mrs. Wm. Stelken) of Farley; Rose (Mrs. Anton Rahe) of Dyersville; Anna (Mrs. Albert Krapfl) of Centralia; Frank; Joseph John; Henry. After Mary died he married a widow Mary (Augustine) Sabers in 1896. After his marriage he sold his farm and moved SE of Dyersville.
Children: Eberhard of Dyersville; Catherine (Mrs. Henry Billmeyer) of Manchester; Elmer of Des Moines; Pearl (Mrs. Charles Frazer) of Lansing, Michigan; and William died young.
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