Pike Township Family Stories

Nichols, Iowa Centennial Book 1884-1984, page 321
By Margery Brugman

         Stephen Brugman and Hendrina Brugman were the immediate ancestors of our side of the Brugman clan. Our farm was bought from the estate of a man who was killed in the Civil War. The house on the home place was built in 1866. The land was originally unbroken prairie, except for five acres.
         Stepphen and Hendrina had a good sized family. Two of the daughters entered the convent of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration at LaCrosse, Wisconsin. One daughter, Matilda Brugman, now deceased, was the organist in St. Mary’s church in Nichols for many years. There were three sons: Henry Brugman, John Brugman and Arnold Brugman.
         Henry Brugman remained on the farm and married Anna Milder, who worked as a seamstress with her sister, Minnie Milder. Their family consisted of Stephen Brugman, Eleanor Brugman, Leona Brugman, Hubert Brugman and Dorothy Ann Brugman. Leona and Dorothy Ann also entered the convent of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.
         Stephen Brugman, now retired, resides on the home place with his wife, Margery Brugman, a former Nichols High school teacher. Both Stephen and Margery are veterans of World War II. Sons, Tom Brugman and Jim Brugman, live at home, and daughters, Beth Brugman and Margaret Brugman, live in Kansas City, Missouri, with their families. One son, Richard Brugman, was killed in a farm accident in 1966. There are two grandchildren.
         Tom and Jim Brugman are of the fourth generation Brugmans to live on the home place.

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