John Brewster resides on section 35 of Pymosa township. He owns a farm of one hundred and eighty acres, forty acres of which is on section 36, and the remainder on section 35., He settled thereon in the spring of 1868, purchasing the land of A.C. Thorp. It was entirely unimproved. Mr. Brewster broke about thirty-five acres during the season of 1868, and built his house the following year. He was born in Geauga county, Ohio, in June, 1840, and there spent his early life. His parents were Jesse and Anna Brewster, natives of the State of New York. His mother died when he was four years old, and his father in 1863. In August, 1861, Mr. Brewster enlisted in the Second Ohio Cavalry, and re-enlisted in January, 1863, serving altogether four years and one month, nearly the entire period of the war. The first year he was on the Kansas frontier. In 1863 he served in Kentucky and Tennessee, and in 1864 was with the Army of the Potomac. He was under command of General Sheridan during the last year of the war. He participated in the battle at Cedar Creek, where Sheridan saved the day after Early had broken the ranks of the Union army, and witnessed the surrender of General Lee at Appamattox. He was twice slightly wounded. After the war he returned to Ohio, remaining there until he came to Cass county., He was married to Clara A. Brooks, who was born in Van Buren county, Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Brewster have five children...Jessie, Mary, Maud, Paul and Bradley. They lost an infant daughter, Stella, in 1871.
Transcribed by Gloria Goltiani from "History of Cass County, Iowa. Together With Sketches of its Towns, Villages and Townships, Educational, Civil, Military and Political History: Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Old Settlers and Representative Citizens." Springfield, Ill.: Continental Historical Company, 1884, pg. 571.