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Henry Brooks 1833-1904


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 7/9/2014 at 00:08:48

Henry Brooks died at his home south of Armstrong a week ago Tuesday afternoon at the age of 71 years. He was one of the pioneers of Emmet county, coming to Armstrong Grove in 1872. He served three years in the civil war in Co. G, 52 Iowa regiment. He was a consistent Christian, being a member of the Halfa Presbyterian church. The surviving children are Thomas E., Henry J., and W.E. Brooks and Mrs. Leota Moore. A good man has gone to his reward. (Vindicator and Republican, Estherville, IA, April 20, 1904)

The death of Mr. H. Brooks, an old respected pioneer and soldier occurred Tuesday night April 12th. The funeral was held at the home and largely attended. Mr. Brooks had a large circle of relatives and many sympathizing friends who followed the remains to the Armstrong cemetery where they were laid to rest. (Estherville Enterprise, Estherville, IA, April 20, 1904)

Death of Henry Brooks
Henry Brooks died at his home southwest of town Tuesday afternoon, April 12, 1904. Deceased was born in Erie county, Penn., July 4, 1833. From there he moved to Illinois, then to Wisconsin and later to Iowa. He moved to Emmet county this state in 1872 and settled on a farm in Armstrong Grove township and has resided there ever since. When President Lincoln called for volunteers he enlisted in Co. G. 52d Iowa regiment and served three years. He was married in Butler county, Iowa, in 1858 to Augusta Melvina Nichols. The wife and four children survive to mourn the loss of a faithful and loving husband and a kind and affectionate father. The children are Henry J., Thomas E., and W.E. Brooks and Mrs. Leota Moore. Another child, Flora, died in infancy. Funeral services are to be held today at the residence conducted by Rev. Ollerenshaw and the remains will be laid to rest in the cemetery west of town. He united with the Presbyterian church at Halfa as a charter member upon its organization Nov. 19, 1901. He was esteemed a faithful and consistent member and in every respect he evidenced a devote spirit to the Master he so well loved.

Those best acquainted with deceased speak of him as a kind, noble, unostentatious Christian man, who lived a true and noble life. When he realized the end was near he bore it bravely and patiently waited the summons. Such was his noble philosophy, his noble acquiescence to all life’s rulings. A loyal husband, a loving father and devoted friend. It seems that too soon upon the feet that so evenly trod the paths of life has fallen the eternal stillness – too soon the hands that were ever so ready and willing in loving service been lifted from their task and that “his sun went down while it was yet day.” – Armstrong Journal. (Estherville Democrat, Estherville, IA, April 20, 1904)


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