Driessen, Ira and Evelyn



Ira Driessen originally from Balfour, North Dakota met Evelyn Touve in Duluth, MN where they were both employed. They were married in 1929 and moved to Balfour, ND. In 1937, they returned to Wisconsin. They bought the Reynolds’ place on Cranberry River Road where they had a dairy farm. They sold milk to Martin’s Cheese Factory in Cornucopia and always had a large garden.

Evelyn loved flowers, she wrote poetry and was published four times. She did hand quilting, crocheting and many beautiful embroidered samplers. She also wrote articles for the Superior Telegram, Iron River Pioneer and the Washburn Times.

Ira was the town Assessor for many years as a farmer. Due to his hay fever allergy in his later years, he worked on the ore boats.

They had four children born in North Dakota, Lloyd, Sally, Barbara and Leonard. They had one son, Henry, born in Wisconsin. Ira passed away in 1967 and Evelyn in 1989.