Udell Hendricks is a well known cigar manufacturer of Pella and through his own efforts and good management
has built up a business of gratifying proportions, operated under the name of the Washtella Cigar Company. He was
born in Ottumwa, Iowa, on the 26th of March, 1874, and attended the common schools in the acquirement of his education
until he was eleven years of age. It was then necessary for him to leave school and earn his own way and he found
employment in a cigar factory in his native city. He learned the trade thoroughly and became an expert workman
and upon coming to Pella in 1895 started the Washtella Cigar Company, of which he has remained the sole owner.
He travels in the interest of his product and has a large trade throughout the state, probably seventy per cent
of the output being sold outside of Pella. The business has grown steadily and he now manufactures six hundred
thousand cigars yearly, which are made in seven sizes, five selling for five cents each and two with the retail
price of ten cents each. The success that Mr. Hendricks has attained is due entirely to his own industry and good
judgment as he was early thrown upon his own resources.
In 1898, Mr. Hendricks was married to Miss Byka Brand, a daughter of Nicholas and Mina (Hagans) Brand, who reside
upon a farm near Pella. To Mr. and Mrs. Hendricks have been born three children, Verna, Logan Brand and Laurel
Dell. Mr. Hendricks is a democrat but has never desired office, his business affairs demanding his. entire attention.
He is a loyal member of Pella Lodge, No. 55, A. F. & A. M., and of Des Moines Consistory, No. 3, and also belongs
to Pella Lodge, No. 270, K. P. He does not belong to any church but has found in his lodge affiliations that emphasis
upon mutual service and helpfulness and that acknowledgment of a supreme power that constitutes the essence of
any real religion. In his daily life he has been kind and just and has won the respect of those who have been brought
in contact with him.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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