EUGENE J. DRUSSEL.
One of the well remembered and highly esteemed citizens of Napa county, who performed exceptionally well his allotted
tasks in life and then passed on to a higher sphere of action, was Eugene J. Drussel, of Napa, who left behind
him the rich heritage of an honored name and a good reputation. He possessed unusual personal qualities, and it
would have been hard to find a more genial, whole souled, high minded or public spirited man in the community which
was honored by his residence.
Mr. Drussel was born in San Francisco on the 22d of July, 1874, and he died at the University of California Hospital,
in that city, on the 10th of April, 1923, when in the forty ninth year of his age. He was a son of Daniel and Julia
(Bonnet) Drussel, the former of whom was a native of Germany, from which country he came to the United States in
young manhood, in the early '50s. Crossing the plains, he engaged in mining in Idaho but later came to Napa county
and embarked in business in Calistoga. Eventually he went to San Francisco and there established his permanent
home. In his later years he combined mining with the cattle business and remained thus actively engaged up to the
time of his death, which occurred in 1882. Our subject's mother was a native of France and was there reared, being
educated in a convent. She came to the United States and crossed the plains to California in pioneer days as a
ward of General John C. Fremont.
Eugene J. Drussel received his education in the public schools of Watsonville and Oakland, California, and his
first employment was in the office of Krause & Lyons, abstractors, in the latter city. Later Mr. Drussel worked
for the Stocker & Holland Abstract Company, with which he remained for fifteen years. He then bought the Alameda
County Abstract Company, which he conducted for about a year, when he sold it and became associated with the Central
Title & Insurance Company, of San Francisco and Oakland. In 1905 Mr. Drussel came to Napa and installed the
equipment and records of the Guarantee Abstract Company of Napa, of which he became secretary and general manager.
He was an expert in his line, having acquired not only a fine technical knowledge of the abstract business but
also a comprehensive and accurate knowledge of the law pertaining to titles and insurance, so that he was frequently
sought for advice and counsel in such matters, his ability in this line being generally recognized.
Mr. Drussel took a good citizen's interest in the public affairs of his community, and in May, 1911, he was elected
a member of the city council of Napa from the first ward, by a large majority. He served two terms in that body
and then was elected mayor of the city, which office he filled with ability and distinction. He was a member of
the California Land Title Association and the American Association of Title Men. Fraternally he was a member of
the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, the Native Sons of the Golden West, of which he was past president, the
Woodmen of the World, in which he passed all the chairs, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
In 1896 Mr. Drussel was married to Miss Margaret E. Callahan, a native of San Francisco, and to them were born
four children; Madeline M., Dorothy F., Eugene J., Jr., and Elmere L. Mr. Drussel was a man of strong personalize,
but he never forced his convictions upon anyone, being notably reserved and undemonstrative. He had a fine presence
and pleasant address, his appearance denoting the intellectual, forceful, manly man. Preeminent among his qualities
was that sound judgment which is ordinarily called common sense, and he was universally recognized as a splendid
citizen of lofty character, sturdy integrity and unswerving honesty.
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Napa County, CA
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