Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
CHARLES V. DRAZAN lives at Odessa.
He is one of the wealthiest land owners in southern Lincoln county and
is a man of ability and integrity. He was born in Bohemia, on October
18, 1873. His parents were John and Annie (Kovasik) Drazan, natives
of Bohemia. The common schools of his native country furnished our
subject his educational training and following that period of his life,
he began to work for wages. In 1893, he came to America and hired
out on a farm in Minnesota. Two years later, he went to St. Paul,
taking a position as interpreter for the St. Paul and Duluth lines, having
learned the English language thoroughly, during the time that he had then
lived in this country. He won the confidence of his employers and
was steadily advanced to a responsible position. Later, he entered
the employ of the Northern Pacific land company in the capacity of interpreter.
In 1898, he came west to Ritzville and soon thereafter, he journeyed to
Odessa, where there were no business buildings. He immediately entered
the real estate business, being appointed resident agent for the Northern
Pacific land company. He did a fine business for years and soon had
accumulated over two thousand acres of good wheat land. Later, however,
part of this was sold and he now owns the balance which is well improved
with farm buildings, fences, and so forth and is productive of excellent
returns in crops. Mr. Drazan started in the United States without
any capital and has accumulated his present holding by his ability and
labors. He has also won the confidence of the people and stands well.
In 1899, Mr. Drazan married Miss Mary B., daughter
of Joseph and Mary (Bartce) Chalupsky. The parents came to Minnesota
in very early days, the father settling there in the times when the Indians
were hostile on every hand. He had many engagements with them but
overcame all and became a very prominent man. Mrs. Drazan was born
in Lesueur county, Minnesota. To Mr. and Mrs. Drazan two children
have been born, Walter E. and Marghery E.