biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
JAMES M. DRENNAN, of Prairie Township, residing on section 35, was born in County Iowa, in the North of Ireland, Nov. 17, 1841, and is a son of William and Ellen (Henry) Drennan. The father died in Ireland in 1855, and his widow came to the United States in 1863, locating in Dane County, Wis., and resided there until 1865, when she came to Iowa, settled in this county and remained until 1884, when she sold her farm and removed to Adams County, her present home. James M., the subject of this sketch, is the oldest of seven children. He came to the United States in 1861, locating in Dane County, Wis., where in 1868 he was married to Flora Getz, a native of Wisconsin. They are the parents of seven children-Jessie May, Sarah Anna, William E., James L., Charles Harry, George G. and Clyde E. The following are the names of the brothers and sisters of Mr. Drennan who are yet living, all of whom are residents of Adams County, Iowa: William; Effie, wife of Joseph Septer; Joseph, David, and Robert. Mr. Drennan came to Iowa in 1868, settling in Prairie Township. and at first purchased 160 acres of raw prairie land, to which additions have been made, until he now owns 240 acres of excellent land, all in a good state of cultivation and well improved. His buildings and other appurtenances are of the best quality, and specially adapted to his business, which is that of general farming and stock-raising, in the latter branch of which he has been quite successful, and has realized therefrom a considerable revenue. Mr. Drennan is systematic and thorough-going in his business. He is a man of great energy and industry, and an excellent manager. Personally be is greatly esteemed as a man of strict integrity and very honorable in his transactions with everyone, and is numbered as one of the leading citizens of Prairie Township. Politically he is a Republican, and has held several local offices in the township. He is also a member of the Masonic fraternity.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy