John E. Drybread was born in Greeley on April 29, 1868. He was the youngest son of a pioneer farmer, John S. Drybread.
His early formal education was acquired at a boarding school in McGregor where he received the equivalent of a high school diploma. He subsequently studied pharmacy through mail correspondence and became a registered pharmacist. He owned and operated drug stores in Denison and Maxwell. He opened a drug store in Nevada at 1102 6th Street where Samuel Briggs had previously established his drugstore. Mr. Drybread retired and the building was vacant for several years. W. L. Tipton moved his business to that location. The family continued to operate the store for three generations.
Mr. Drybread married Love Lockridge on October 16, 1896, in Nevada. Love was born December 5, 1868, to William and Lydia Lockridge.
She graduated from Nevada High School in 1886. She was a charter member of PEO and belonged to the Clover Club and the Daughters of the American Revolution. For a time the couple settled in Maxwell. Mr. and Mrs. Drybread’s three children were Helen, born on March 2, 1898, who married
John K. Peterson II of Nevada; Commander William Lockridge who graduated 2nd in his Class of 1921 from the U.S. Naval Academy; and Mary Jane, who married George S. Rapson of Cherokee.
Mr. Drybread was active in Freemasonry and became a 32nd degree Mason. He was well known throughout Story County and remembered for his dry sense of humor. After Mrs. Drybread’s death in 1931, John opened his home to his widowed daughter, Helen and her three children.
John E. Drybread died January 6, 1949.
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