EUGENE DREW, the well-known grocer of Avon , was born in East Stoughton (now Avon ), March 6, 1845. His parents were John and Eliza A. (Haynes) Drew, the former of whom was a native of Canton , Mass. , and the latter of the locality now called Holbrook. John Drew settled in East Stoughton some fifty years ago, and for a time was employed as a cutter in a shoe factory. Later he was engaged in the manufacture of boots upon his own account, and had a thriving business for a number of years. He died January 1, 1888. A man of strict integrity, whose judgment and advice were highly valued, lie was frequently called upon to settled estates. In politics he was Republican, and he figured prominently in the public affairs of Stoughton .


Eugene Drew was reared and educated in East Stoughton . At the age of nineteen he began to work for wages in a shoe factory. In time he acquired a good knowledge of the business. He was one of the first persons to operate a McKay sewing-machine. For several years lie was foreman of the stitching room in the factory of Charles Smith; and for three years he was associated with his father in the manufacture of boots, under the firm name of John Drew & Son. He relinquished manufacturing to enter the grocery business. After conducting stores in East Stoughton arid Brockton for a number of years, he retired from active business for a time. In January, 1895, he again engaged in the grocery business in Avon , and is now carrying on a flourishing trade. In politics he acts with the Republican party, and is in favor of all measures likely to benefit the town.

Mr. Drew married Anna K. Hawes, of Brockton , and now has one daughter, Clara Howard. One of Avon 's most energetic and progressive men, he has the esteem and confidence of the community.

Source: Biographical Review - Volume XXV - Containing life sketches of leading citizens of Norfolk County Massachusetts . (Boston, Mass., Biographical Review Publishing Co., 1898), pgs. 381-382.  


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