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Brink, Milber Dr. and wife 1851-1937


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Date: 3/19/2017 at 15:52:59

Brink, Milber, born 1851 died 1937 buried Sheridan Township Cemetery Boyden IA as listed in the Sioux County Cemetery Index.
Boyden Reporter of March 11, 1937
The following biographical sketch of Dr. Milber Brink, deceased, was published in the “Illustrated Album Biography of Southwestern Minnesota and Northwestern Iowa," in the year 1889. The book was presented as a gift by Dr. Brink to members of Reporter staff several years ago. The sketch reads as follows –"Dr. Milber Brink is a prominent physician and surgeon, and now resides in Boyden, Sioux county, Iowa. The parents of Dr. Brink are Ira and Cordelia(Hager) Brink also natives of Pennsylvania. The father has been a farmer most of his life, having removed from Pennsylvania to Carrol county, Illinois, in 1852: and from there he moved in 1857 to Cedar county, Iowa, (being one of the pioneers again), where the father and mother still reside. They are member of the Wesleyan Methodist church.

Dr. Brink is the oldest son of a family of eight children, of whom seven are now living- Lois, Wesly, Thomas, Emma, Alva, Esther, and our subject Lois lives in Cherokee county, la. and is a wife of Wm Pennington. The first twenty years of the life of the subject of this biographical sketch were spent in the home of his parents, assisting his father eight or nine months in the year on the farm. The other three or four months were spent in the district school, where education and educational advantages were much the same in all pioneer settlements — very limited. At the age of twenty he started out on the voyage of life for himself.

He began teaching school and attending school during his vacations. During the time he was engaged in school work he was a student in the graded schools in Wyoming, Iowa. While at the latter place he was a member of the Amphytion Literary Society. He taught twenty terms of school before he give up teaching. In the spring of 1880 he began the study of medicine under the direction of Dr. Thomas Coates of Clarence, Iowa. Then, in the following spring, he took his first course of lectures in Rush Medical College Chicago, Illinois, and then took two courses of lectures the two following winters at the same college. He also received, the same spring, a certificate from the Central Free Dispensary of Chicago, for having taken a course of instruction in all their departments. After graduation he practiced medicine for a number of months at Oxford Junction, in his old neighborhood, and located in Boyden, Iowa, where he has since been engaged in the practice of his profession. In 1887 he became a registered pharmacist, and owns and conducts the only drug store in the town. In the year 1874 he was married to Miss Nancy Tyrrell, a native of Iowa, and a daughter of Mallory and P. A. (Titus) Tyrrell. Her father died in 1875 and h e r mother still resides in the old homestead, where the family settled in 1852. One child has blessed this union— Charley.

He is, and always has been member of the Republican party. The village where he lives is a beautiful town of 250 inhabitants, situated on the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad, and is surrounded by a very fine farming country. In addition to his drug business he owns a fine farm of two hundred acres, two miles from Boyden. He has a good practice and has performed many remarkable cures and operations. He is highly respected as a physician and as an exemplary citizen.


Brink, Nancy, born 1856 died 16 Mary 1936 wife of Milber buried in Sheridan Township cemetery Boyden IA as listed in the Sioux County cemetery Index.

Boyden Reporter of March 19, 1936

Nancy Tyrrell Brink, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mallory Tyrrell was born February 3, 1856, on a farm near Oxford Mills, Jones County, Iowa. The third youngest of seven children, she attended the rural schools of that county and was a pupil of Mr. Milber Brink whom she later married at Olin. Iowa, on November 18, 1875. One son Charles Waldo was born of this union October 3,1876, and passed away October 25,1934.

They made their home near Oxford Mills, where the Doctor was teaching school. On July 12, 1884 the family came to Boyden. Here they experienced many of the trials and privations of the early pioneers, and only recently the venerable couple celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary. Mrs. Brink was one of the few remaining Boyden pioneers.

Death, due to cancer, came Thursday evening, March 12, 1936, after an extended illness. Her passing was in accord with her unassuming manner of living. Her many friends and acquaintances will join with her dear ones, her husband, her sisters Mrs. Du Boise and Mrs. Harter, her brother Mr. Tyrrell and her grandchildren Victor, Helen and Waldo to mourn her parting.

Services were held in the U. P. Church. Monday afternoon with Rev. Henry Oostermeier in charge, and interment was made in the family lot at the Boyden cemetery.

Those from out of the city present for the funeral were Mrs.Du Boise, Mr. and Mrs. Tyrrell and son Clarence, and Mr. and Mrs. Philgraff of Spencer, Mr. and Mrs. Waldo Brink of Estherville, Mrs. Frank Rath of Spirit Lake, Clifford Fields of Cedar Rapids, Mr. and Mrs. Pennington and Esther, Winnie and Clarence Pennington of Quimby and Mrs. Stella Harter of Oklahoma City, who had been with her sister for the past thirteen weeks. Mrs. Harter left for her home following the services, and Mr. and Mrs. John Curran of Clarence Iowa have remained for a short visit with the doctor.


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