T. C. DRENNAN
T. C. Drennan, who is rendering efficient service as chief deputy coroner of Alameda county, has been connected
with the undertaking business for many years and is now manager of the Grant D. Miller mortuary at Oakland. He
was born in Alameda on the 26th of September, 1891, and is a son of Valla and Pearl (Hard) Drennan, the former
of whom was born in Santa Rosa, Sonoma county, California, and the latter in Illinois. He is of old pioneer stock,
his paternal grandfather having come to this state in 1846, largely in a spirit of adventure. Shortly afterward
he returned east, but in 1848, on the discovery of gold here, he returned to California and made this his permanent
home. The maternal grandfather, David T. Hard, who was a native of Vermont, came to California at the close of
the Civil war and became prominent in the public and political life of Alameda county, serving a number of years
as a justice of the peace.
T. C. Drennan was educated in the public schools of Alameda and Colfax, Placer county. At the age of fifteen years
he began working at the undertaking business, first with James Fowler, in Alameda, later was with A. A. Barber,
in Fruitvale, and for a time with Craig, Cochran & Company in San Francisco. For the past fourteen years he
has been associated with Grant D. Miller at 2372 East Fourteenth street, Oakland, as manager, and when Mr. Miller
became coroner of Alameda county he appointed Mr. Drennan his thief deputy, in which capacity he is still serving.
He is a graduate embalmer and holds license No. 30 issued by the state board of embalmers of California.
Mr. Drennan was united in marriage to Miss Anna Trishman, who was born and reared in San Francisco, and they are
the parents of a daughter, Anne, who is now six years of age. Mr. Drennan is a member of Brookly Lodge No. 225,
F. & A. M., of which he is a past master; Fruitvale Chapter No. 111, R. A. M.; Oakland Council No. 12, R. &
S. M.; Oakland Commandery No. 11, K. T.; Oakland Consistory, A. A. S. R.; Aahmes Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S.; is
a charter member of Fruitvale Parlor, N. S. G. W., and belongs to the Woodmen of the World, the Loyal Order of
Moose and the East Lake Kiwanis Club. Because of his excellent business record and his fine personal qualities
he commands the respect and esteem of all who know him.
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928
Alameda County, CA
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