MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 445
submitted by Jo Ann Carlson, January 7, 2008
SAMUEL BRAND, A PIONEER FARMER, PASSES AWAY.
News comes from West Liberty of the sudden death by heart failure of Samuel Brand, one of the healthiest and best known retired farmers of Muscatine county, in the 75th year of his age. Death came almost without warning, while he was reclining on a lounge, at his beautiful home on Calhoun street, shortly after the dinner hour on Sunday.
Mr. Brand was born, in Franklin county, Pa., Sept. 1, 1822. He learned the blacksmith trade and in 1843 removed to Pittsburg, where he worked till 1849. The excitement over gold discoveries in California attracted him to that country, to which he went by the sea route around Cape Horn to San Francisco, where he arrived Sept. 11, 1849. Remaining about two years, he returned, coming directly to Iowa and entering land in Goshen township, Muscatine county. In the spring of 1852 he again went to California, via Panama, remaining till 1853, when he returned and built a dwelling on his Goshen township land, where he lived till a few years ince, when he retired from active farm work and took up his abode in West Liberty. He added to his landed possessions by frugality and industry till he was the owner of two good farms in Goshen township at the time of his death, having at this time 6,000 or 6,000 bushels of surplus corn in crib in Atalissa.
Mr. Brand was married on the 28th of November, 1854, to Charlotte Hambright, of Franklin county, Pa. She survives him and also the following children, all grown: Mrs. Mary F.Phillips, wife of Chester Phillips; living near West Liberty; Mrs. Carrie I McNutt, wife of Wm. McNutt, or Ord, Neb.; Mrs. Cora Peters, living near West Liberty, and Miss Stella and Edgar, living at home.
Mr. Brand was in Muscatine last Saturday and called on ‘Squire McNutt, whose son is married to his second daughter. At that time Mr. Brand seemed to be in good health, though he complained of slight heart trouble.
The time of the funeral has not been fixed, waiting news from distant relatives.
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