Ennis Sherman VanDruff Obituary

Quincy Herald Whig Quincy, Illinois (Adams County) (date of issue unknown)
E. H. Vandruff
Former C., B. & O.
Operator, Dies

Ennis Sherman VanDruff, 76, of 511 Broadway, a retired railroad telegraph
operator, died in his home Thursday night, at 11:15 o'clock. Mr. VanDruff was
employed as a telegraph operator for the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy railroad
on the Hannibal division for 36 years, before retiring 10 years ago. He had
lived in Quincy for 26 years. Mr. VanDruff was born at Williamstown, Mo.,
October 25, 1864, a son of John and Isephena Shoptaugh VanDruff, and was a
member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist.

Mr. VanDruff was widely known in northeastern Missouri, having organized and
directed many bands in Lewis and other northeastern Missouri counties. He also
taught music and telegraphy in the old Wayaconda, Mo., college for many years.
He was a personal friend of Dr. J. H. Jurgens, who died Tuesday, and they were
vitally interested in music. Mr. VanDruff was twice married. He was first
married to Mamie D. Knott in Williamstown, Mo., in 1892. Mrs. VanDruff died in
1908. In 1910, he was married to Linnie Van Meter in Kansas City, Mo.

Surviving are the widow, two daughters, Mrs. H. O. Porter of Canton, Mo., and
Mrs. Samuel Bosco of Alton; four grandchildren, and six sisters, Mrs. Helen
Brown, Mrs. Jack Brownell and Mrs. Jack Davis, all of San Francisco, Cal., Miss
Ora VanDruff of Oakland, Cal., Mrs. T. Vancil of San Jose, Cal., and Mrs. Vera
Slater of Medford, Okla. Two brothers, George VanDruff of Kahoka, and Earl
VanDruff of Oklahoma, preceded him in death.

(Ed. note: Mr. VanDruff died January 9, 1941, per Illinois death certificate #
3001-22)

 

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