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Daniel BRINK, a well known farmer of Pleasant Valley township, was born in Columbia county, Pennsylvania, in 1850. His parents were William and Leah (POUST) BRINK, both natives of Pennsylvania, where the maternal grandfather had also been born. The paternal grandfather was a native of Delaware. Mr. BRINK'S father was a farmer and lived all his life in his native state, his demise occurring in 1906, when he was about eighty-six years of age. The mother died in 1880, aged about fifty-seven years. There are two sister also, both of them making their home in Pennsylvania.

Daniel BRINK received his education in the public schools of Pennsylvania, and upon his father's farm gained much practical experience in the various departments of agriculture. His first independent venture at farming was in Pennsylvania, and he afterward removed to DeKalb county, Illinois, locating near Genoa, where he purchased land. He was fortunate enough to sell it at an advance and invested in his present farm in Pleasant Valley township in the year 1894. He owns one hundred and sixty acres of well improved land, and the house occupied by him he rebuilt after coming here.

Mr. BRINK is interested in the trend of public events and gives his political allegiance to the Democratic party. He holds membership in the Modern Woodmen of America and his wife was a member of the Baptist church.

Mr. Brink was married in Pennsylvania in 1880 to Miss Mora PARKS, a native of Pennsylvania. Her parents were of the agricultural class and were old residents of the state. Several brothers are now living in Iowa. Mrs. BRINK died in 1895, at the age of thirty-seven years, leaving six children, namely: Frank, of Sioux City, chief clerk in the engineering department of the Chicago & Northwestern Railway; Charles, of Pierre, South Dakota, fireman on the Chicago & Northwestern Railway; Jasper, at home Della, wife of Theodore EDDY residing in Mt. Vernon township, this county; Ira, living in California and in the employ of the Diamond Match Company; and Mary, at home.

Mr. BRINK'S postoffice is Swaledale, R.F.D. No. 1.

SOURCE: Wheeler, J. H. History of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa. Vol. II. Pp. 510-11. Lewis Pub. Co. Chicago. 1910

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, February of 2011



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