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BRUEY, Louis 'Louie' - 1912 Bio (1876-1926)


Posted By: Debbie Nash (email)
Date: 7/30/2003 at 22:49:41

From the “History of Jefferson County, Iowa” – 1912, Volume II
Pages 245-247


“Louie BRUEY, who engages in general farming and stock-raising in Cedar township, was born in Boise City, Idaho, on the 22d of January, 1876, and is a son of Peter and Philomene (MARIES) BRUEY. The father was born in Belfort, France, on the 27th of March, 1835, and there he spent the first twenty-three years of his life. In 1858 he emigrated to the United States locating in Jefferson county on the farm where our subject is now living. He subsequently purchased eighty acres from his father, Pacific BRUEY, who in turn bought it from Christopher Graber. Meeting with success in his agricultural pursuits, Peter BRUEY was able to extend his holdings by the addition of another eighty acres, some of which he later sold, owning at the time of his death one hundred and forty acres of land. This land now belongs to his estate from whom it is rented by his son Louie. In the early ‘60s, Peter BRUEY and his wife went west, locating in Utah, where he engaged in prospecting and gold mining until 1878, when he returned to his farm in this county, continuing to reside thereon until his death on October 5, 1905. The mother was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on the 28th of September, 1848, and passed away on their farm in Cedar township on the 21st of September, 1906. To Mr. and Mrs. BRUEY were born five children: Anna, the widow of George E. DROZ, of Fairfield, by whom she had three children: Ethel, Victor and Glen; Sylvia, the wife of Fred RAIBLE, a cigar manufacturer of Fairfield; Louie, our subject; Peter, who is living with his sister in Fairfield; and Maggie, the wife of John CRAWFORD, Jr., a farmer of Cedar township and the mother of one child, Lola Carmen.

As he was an only child of eighteen months when his parents brought him to Fairfield, Louie BRUEY has spent practically his entire life in Jefferson county. His education was obtained in the school of district No. 3, Cedar township, which he attended until he had mastered the common branches. While pursuing his studies he was qualifying himself for an agricultural career under the supervision of his father, whom he assisted with the operation of the farm. When he attained the age of twenty years, his father retired from the active work of the fields and the cultivation of the home place thereafter devolved upon the son. He has always been an industrious and enterprising man, who has applied himself intelligently to anything he undertook. In connection with the tilling of his fields he raises and feeds stock for the market, which he disposes of at a considerable profit. The farm is well kept up, the buildings being thoroughly repaired and the fields in a high state of cultivation, everything about the place suggesting the thrift and capable management that accompanies prosperity.

On the 17th of April, 1907, Mr. BRUEY established a home for himself by his marriage to Miss Marie WALMER, a daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (PATTISON) WALMER. The father, who was of Pennsylvania – Dutch extraction, was born in Wayne county, Ohio, whence he removed in 1848 to Jefferson county, Iowa. Here he was married in 1869 to Miss Elizabeth PATTISON, who was born and reared in Cedar township, where her father, who was a native of Ireland, engaged in farming for many years. Mr. and Mrs. WALMER began their domestic life on a farm he had subsequently acquired two and a half miles south of Fairfield, and there she passed away during the childhood of Mrs. Marie (PATTISON) BRUEY. Farming always engaged the attention of the father, who at the time of his death owned one hundred and eighty-five acres of well improved land in Cedar township. He was a veteran of the Civil war, having enlisted in Fairfield in 1863 in Company I, Forty-fifth Iowa Volunteer Infantry and gone to the front, where he remained for three months. Upon receiving his discharge he returned to his farm and there he passed away on the 15th of May, 1911. The family of Mr. and Mrs. WALMER numbered five, as follows: Etta, the wife of Joseph FARRELL, a clerk in a department store in Birmingham, by whom she has had two children, Paul Dennis and Robert; Kate, who married David COLLAISs, a farmer of Van Buren county by whom she has had one child, Mildred Louise; Mrs. BRUEY; Anna, the wife of Clarence McELWAIN a ranchman of Montana, and the mother of two children, Alice Louise and Harry; and Lee, who is living on the old homestead near Fairfield. To Mr. and Mrs. BRUEY there have been born two daughters: Beulah Bernice, who was born on the 25th of May, 1908; and Edna Marie, whose birth occurred on the 6th of August, 1911.

The political views of Mr. BRUEY accord with the principles of the democratic party, but he does not conspicuously participate in governmental matters. He concentrates his entire attention upon the development of his personal interests in which he is meeting with a goodly measure of success, being known as one of the capable and prosperous citizens of Cedar township.”

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