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Biographical Sketch of John A. Brechwald

J. A. Brechwald was born near Mayence, in the German Rhineland, on June 21, 1858 and he passed away May 22, 1919. He came to Ida County with his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Brechwald in the winter of 1881 and grew to manhood in this locality. He and his brother Ferd established and incorporated the cigar making firm of Brechwald Bros. in Ida Grove. He and his family went to Florida in 1907 and were engaged in the nursery business, doing carpentry work, and selling real estate. He was buried in the Ida Grove Catholic Cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Brechwald had one daughter, Virginia. He was survived by his aged mother, Mrs. Andrew Brechwald, and 7 brothers and sisters: Ferd A. Brechwald, Jacob P. Brechwald, Mrs. Theo. Rohwer, Mrs. Wm. Murphy, Mrs. Robert Mein, Mrs. Agnes Schmidt, and Mrs. Frank...

Biographical Sketch of Hans J. Lund

Mr. Lund was born February 7, 1845 in Denmark and came to America in 1864. He traveled to Chicago. He came to Ida County in 1883 and lived on a farm until 1904 when he moved to Arthur, and came to Ida Grove in 1910. He married Mrs. Geo. Heitman November 3, 1883. One son, Max Lund, was born to this marriage. He had four step-children: Andrew Heitman, Frank Heitman, Mrs. Geo. Baker, and Mrs. Martha Weed. He died of blood poisoning, which followed as an aftermath of an operation that was performed at Sioux City May 3 at St. Vincent’s hospital. He was apparently recovering after the operation, when infection set in a week after his return to Ida Grove. His funeral took place at his old farm home near Ida Grove, and he was buried in the Swedish Lutheran Cemetery at Kiron,...

Biographical Sketch of Charles G. Kolb

Charles G. Kolb was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, September 29, 1834. When he was 22 years of age, he came to America, making the journey on a Sailing Vessel that required 40 days for the passage. Altogether in his life, he crossed the Atlantic Ocean 13 times, the second trip being to bring back a bride, Catherine Weiler. The last journey was in 1910 when he visited his fatherland. He lived two years in New York State along the Hudson before he went for his bride. Upon their return, they settled on a farm near Harrisburg, Pa. in 1858. In the spring of 1880, they came to Ida County and purchased a farm in Logan Township. At that time, the best lands in that locality could be secured for $10 an acre. When he arrived in Logan Township, he found divine worship being held only at rare intervals. He organized a Sunday school and exerted himself that there should be church services regularly. For many years he continued faithfully as superintendent of the Sabbath school. His influence was always for better schools and served for many years as secretary of the school board in Logan Township. In 1892, Mr. Kolb bought his farm on the Maple Valley Road, and it was his home until 1907 when they moved to Ida Grove on Moorehead Ave., next to the Odebolt River. Mrs. Kolb passed away in the spring of 1908, but Charley continued to live in the same place until September 1918. He met with an accident at the railroad crossing, but received no serious injury. From that time on, he...

Biography of Harrison Hackett

Harrison Hackett, one of the early settlers of Ida County, Iowa, was born in Orange County, Vermont, May 6, 1832. He was the son of Emery and Amanda (Hines) Hackett, both natives of Vermont, with the ancestors coming to this country from England generations ago. Harrison’s brothers and sisters were: Homer, Hellen, Henry, Angeline, Louisa, Edna, Arabell, John, Harriett, Clifton, Charley, and Augusta. Four of the brothers were in the Civil War. Harrison enlisted in June 1864 in Company G, Third Minnesota Infantry, and was mustered out in the fall of 1865 at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. When Harrison was 14 years old, he entered the employ of the Vermont Central Railroad Co., first in the shops at Northfield, Vt., afterward fired on an engine, and later had charge of one. After 6 years with the railroad company, he purchased some wild woodland in Minnesota, and developed a farm. He married in October 1852 to Almina Hatch, daughter of Henry and Nancy (Rollins) Hatch, of Vermont. They had 2 children: Alma and Augusta. He wife died February 1888. In 1876, he came to Ida County and purchased 320 acres of wild prairie land in Section 34, Silver Creek Township. He piled his furniture out on the prairie until he had his house erected. He built a frame house and began cultivating his land, making a specialty of corn. He fed a large amount of stock, cattle and hogs. He purchased more land, and in 1888 he bought a home in Ida Grove at the corner of 5th and Burns Streets. In March, 1889, Mr. Hackett married Elizabeth Howser. She had...

Biographical Sketch of Mathias Clouse

Mathias Clouse was a pioneer of Silver Creek Township, Ida County, Ia. He was born in Alsace-Lorraine, France, in 1843. He was the son of Charles and Elizabeth (Fisher) Clouse, natives of same country. The Clouse family had once lived in Amsterdam, and were a trading family. When the sons became of age they were sent up the Rhine River to establish trading posts. They emigrated to America and settled in Erie County, New York. Mathias received his early training and education principally in New York state. The grandfather Clouse also emigrated to the country, dying in Ohio at the age of 95 years. Charles, with his parents, made a temporary residence in Erie County, then emigrated to Dubuque County, Iowa. They returned to Webster County, Iowa, opening a farm there. Charles’ parents moved on to Fort Dodge where the father died in 1880. The mother went to Wheeler County, Nebraska. Mathias married Miss Isabella Cunningham (a native of Galena, Illinois) in 1869 in Dubuque County, Iowa. Isabella was the daughter of James and Isabella (Rogers) Cunningham, natives of Ireland, who came to America at an early day. They had settled in Illinois where her father died in 1865. Her mother moved to Plymouth County, Iowa. Mathias settled in Ida County in 1874 on Section 35 of Silver Creek Township.. The farm had springs and creeks, with ample water the year around. It was important in those days to plant a fine grove of trees with an orchard. When the settlers arrived, the prairie was almost all treeless, except for a few small groves near the area where Ida...

Biographical Sketch of Dr. E.C. Heilman

He located at Ida Grove, Iowa, August 20, 1877. He was born in Cedar County, Iowa, July 18, 1856, son of Samuel and Mary (Ranck) Heilman. His parents were natives of Pennsylvania and of German descent. He was reared in Iowa, received his literary education at Cornell College and took his medical course at the Medical College of Ohio at Cincinnati, graduating at the latter institution in March 1877. Upon his arrival here he entered into a partnership with Dr. F. D. Seeber, & was associated with him for 2 years. After conducting his practice alone for 2 years, Dr. Heilman formed a partnership with Dr. Giles Moorehead, who had just graduated and with whom he practiced 4 years. He was elected to the office of County Treasurer in 1883, but resumed his practice the first of 1888. He was married September 20, 1877, to Nancy J. Blazer of Cedar County, Iowa, daughter of George W. and Catharine (Scarlett) Blazer. They had three children: Earnest S., Ralph E., and Frank...

Biographical Sketch of Thomas Bassett

He came to Ida County in 1877 and was identified with the contracting and building interests in Ida Grove, Iowa. He located there when the town was just starting and put up many of the best buildings in the city. Thomas Bassett and his son, William H., were partners for a number of years. Thomas was born in the County of Cornwall, England, August 2, 1828, son of Thomas & Jane (Pierce) Bassett. He married Eliza A. Rouse in his native land; and in 1854, came to America. He remained in Zanesville, Ohio, until 1875 and went to Greene County, Iowa, until coming to Ida County. He and his wife had six children: Emily A.; Elizabeth (wife of Charles S. Barnes of Des Moines); Eliza; Mary J. (wife of W. C. Moorehead of Ida County); William H.; and...

Biographical Sketch of Thomas S. Brannan

He was an attorney-at-law in Ida Grove, Iowa, and was a resident of Ida County since 1879. He was born in Keyesville, Clinton County, New York, August 15, 1839, and reared in Canada East until 14 years of age. In July 1861, being in the state for a visit, he enlisted in Co. C., 10th Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and re-enlisted in the same company and regiment in January 1864 and served until the close of the war. He was twice slightly wounded. He was a member of the G.A.R., Matthew Gray Post No. 93. He was a Past Commander. In 1883, he turned his attention to the law and was admitted to the practice of law by the Supreme Court of Iowa. He was married at the close of the war to Rachael Tiser, a native of Ohio. They had 5 children: James E. of Fort Omaha, Nebraska; Emma E., wife of S. W. Kiner, editor of the Ida County Watch; William F., a blacksmith and machinist; Agnes May; and Minnie E. He was Clerk of the District Court of Ida County, Iowa. He is the son of James and Esther Brannan, and of Irish extraction. James Brannan was a trapper and guide for the Hudson Bay Fur Co. for a number of years in the Northwest. They had 11 children: Two of the boys, James I. And Edward, were killed by the Sioux Indians in 1866. James was killed on the Little Powder River and Edward at Cimarron, New...
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