Biography of Udell Hendricks
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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.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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