The name of Drendel has for four decades figured in connection with the agricultural development of Ford county and upon the old family homestead in Mona township occurred the birth of Henry A. Drendel, his natal day being November 16, 1875. He is a son of Frank S. and Mary (Slater) Drendel and a brother of George Drendel, who is mentioned elsewhere in this volume. At the usual age he entered the public schools and mastered the branches of learning therein taught. In the periods of vacation he assisted in the work of the fields and under the careful direction of his father gained intimate knowledge of the best methods of carrying on the farm work in all of its departments. Ambitious to engage in business on his own account, on attaining his majority he began farming where he now lives and is today engaged in the cultivation and further improvement of two hundred acres of the old homestead. He is living a life of industry and enterprise and the years have marked successful accomplishments in his business.
Mr. Drendel is pleasantly situated in his home life, having been married in 1900 to Miss Lucy Koerner, who was born in Livingston county, Illinois, and was one of the seven children whose parents are Prank and Gertrude (Elbert) Koerner. Her father was born in Germany and her mother in Woodford county, Illinois. They are now living in Cullom, being well known residents of that place. The home of Mr. and Mrs. Drendel has been blessed with four children: Esther E., Harry F., Francis H. and Viola E.
The parents are communicants of the Catholic church at Cullom and Mr. Drendel gives his political allegiance to the democracy. He is serving as a school director but has never been a politician in the sense of office seeking, preferring to concentrate his time and energies upon his business affairs. He has been a member of the Woodmen lodge at Cullom since November, 1896, and is much esteemed in the order and wherever he is known. His life history is as an open book to his many friends in Ford county, for he always lived within its borders.

Extracted 16 Oct 2016 by Norma Hass from History of Ford County, Illinois, From Its Earliest Settlement to 1908, author E. A. Gardner, Volume 2, pages 485-486.

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