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Fayette County, Iowa
Past and Present of Fayette County Iowa, 1910
Author: G. Blessin
B. F. Bowen & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana
Vol. I, Biographical Sketches
A man who has lived but twenty-two years naturally has not so large a number of events in his life for the biographer to record as an older man has. His life is mainly in the future and the major portion of his biography cannot be written until his life is lived. But one thing can be said, that this young man has made a splendid start in life and at his early age has gained a position many older men might envy. Mr. Brorby is descended from the same Norse race as his partner, and seems to have inherited a like share of the racial characteristics which make for success. Active, energetic, intensely interested in his business, Mr. Brorby is doing much in the line of its extension. No young man in his county seems to have a future more promising.
Joseph Brorby was born in Clayton, Clayton county, Iowa, January 7, 1888, the son of James and Martha (Kjorven) Brorby, both born in Norway. James Brorby came to Clayton county in 1853. His wife came to Clermont with her parents in 1869, and they moved to Minnesota later, where her mother died in 1886, and her father died in North Dakota in 1892.
James Brorby was a farmer. He was the father of nine children, of whom Joseph was the youngest and the only son. He died in June, 1898. He was a Republican, and he and his wife were strong supporters of the Lutheran church. He was a man the memory of whom can only serve as a stimulant to his children.
Joseph Broby grew up on the farm and received his education in the country schools and in the Clermont public schools. He entered active life as a clerk for Tonguin & Hauge, served two years in that capacity, and then became a member of the firm, now known as Hauge & Brorby, in 1909. In the short continuance of this partnership he has demonstrated himself to be an extremely valuable member of the firm. He has cast his political lot with the Republican party, and was brought up in the Lutheran faith, to which he still clings. His achievements and ability give notice to the world that here is a man who will make his life in every way a success.
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