E. S. 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.

Note: Mr. VanDruff died January 9, 1941, per Illinois death certificate #3001-22.

Source: Quincy Herald Whig, Quincy, Illinois (Adams County) (date of issue unknown)

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