Mildred Pierce, daughter of Mabel Drew Seward wrote a very good profile of Cal Drew years ago. The material here draws heavily on that profile.
- about the name "Carle Enrique" (from Judy Webb’s book “Clement Drew and Mary Thompson”) - His siblings called him “Reek” which he hated. As soon as he could manage it he became “Cal”.
Cal and his wife Estella Jane Meacham Drew homesteaded a farm northwest of Chase, Kansas. Both of their children were born on this farm. In 1893 they moved into the town of Chase, Kansas to live with Calvin's father Clement. After Clement’s death Calvin inherited the house. His father saved $20 gold pieces when he got them in trade. Cal inherited a box of them when Clement died.
In winter Calvin Drew hunted and shipped many ducks from the salt marshes at Stafford, Kansas to the eastern markets. He was in charge of the Stafford Gun Club and the Salt Marsh Hunting Club for some time. The duck picture comes from this time period. The name of the dog was written on the back of the photograph I have.
About 1904 Calvin and Estella Drew had a merry-go-round and an arc-light movie machine and they traveled in the summer setting up shows in small communities.
Calvin was a handsome man and his wife Estella was an excellent needlewoman and kept him supplied with beautifully embroidered black sateen shirts, the cuffs and fronts of them being heavily embroidered. Calvin played the bones and perhaps the french harp with a small group of men who played for dances in and around Chase, Kansas. . . . Mildred Seward Pierce
About 1912 Calvin and Estella Drew moved to Wichita, Kansas and bought a house next door to their daughter, Mabel Drew Seward on South Lawrence. I think that this photograph was taken by his son-in-law C.A. Seward, so I’d date it at this time.
After Estella’s death in 1914, Calvin sold this house and purchased a farm in Protection, Kansas, selling his farmland in Chase, Kansas. Calvin lived on the farm in Protection with his son Edwin who had married a second time, his first wife having died. Edwin's second wife was Myrtle Tobias Parker. Calvin married a Mrs. Enders and they moved to Hutchison, Kansas where they lived a few years.
In 1920 he and Mrs. Enders divorced and Calvin moved back to Wichita where he made his home with his daughter Mabel. His son Edwin had meanwhile moved to Ponca City, Oklahoma. Calvin died while living in Wichita with his daughter. He had suffered from gallstone troubles for a number of years and died of complications which developed soon after an operation to remove them.