Harrison Bruce, was born in Jefferson county, Ohio, on the 16th June, 1816. In 1856 he came to Hamilton county, Iowa, where he buried his wife, Mrs. Eliza Ann Bruce. By her he had one child, Samuel, now a resident of Fremont county, Iowa. Mr. Bruce was again married in 1859, to Mrs. Mary Woodward, of Webster City, Hamilton county. Her husband died on the 16th of August 1855, in Jefferson county. Mrs. Bruce was born in Fayette county, Illinois, on the 7th of November, 1852, and by
her first marriage two sons were born to her...Iven, now a resident of Atlantic, and John A., now living in California. Mr. Bruce owned and operated the pioneer mill of Hamilton county, and in an early day, people from several neighboring counties came to his mill, some having to travel a distance of sixty miles. In 1861, the high water and ice in the Boone river carried the mill away, and Mr. Bruce, not wishing to rebuild it, came to Cass county, and bought a homestead of 160 acres, on sections 27 and 28. Mr. Bruce, in the prime of life was carried away by the angel of death, leaving his family and friends to mourn the loss of their loved one, from their circles and fireside. Mrs. Bruce now resides at the old home purchased by her husband, and with her, now are living her sons, who are her only companions in her declining years.
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, pp. 512-513.