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John M Brainard


Posted By: Tina Keister (email)
Date: 11/26/2005 at 00:52:53

John M Brainard, editor and newspaper publisher, Boone, was born in Blarisville, Indiana county, Pennsylvania, on the 30th day of March 1836, educated at Eldersridge Academy in the same county, and at Beloit College, Wisconsin; came to Iowa in 1856, and has been a continuous resident since; settled first at Charles City, Floyd county, and in Oct 1858, removed to Mason City, where he taught school for one year, and in the fall of 1859 removed to Clear Lake and in 1860 established the Clear Lake "Independent" in connection with Silan Noyes; during this time (1859-60) he held the office of county superintendent of Cerro Gordo county, and was also elected a member of the Stae board of education; in 1863 he purchased the Nevada "Egis" in 1864-65 was clerk of the courts in Story county; in 1868 he purchased an interest in the Coucil Bluff "Nonpareil" and remained there one year; in Sept 1869, he bought the Boone "Standard" which he has since published; he was appointed by President Grant postmaster of Boone in 1873 and held that office for four years; Mr. Brainard is a gentleman of fine ability, amiable dispostion and more than ordinary affability of manners; his reputation as a writer and publisher he occupies a position which, while it is exceedingly difficult to fill, is in many respects a most pleasant and desirable one; Mr. Brainard was married March 18, 1856, to Martha V Wilson, a native of Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania.

Bio from the 1180 Boone county history book pg. 558-559


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