O'Brien County Bell, 28 Jan 1948, p. 11
The community was shocked Thursday evening, January 22, 1948 upon learning the sudden death of Chris Brandt of Mitchell, S. D., and formerly of Sanborn. He had gone up town and collapsed on the street from a sudden heart attack and died instantly. Having no illness or symptoms of the trouble it came as a great shock and loss to his family and friends as well.
Funeral services were held at St. John's Lutheran church in Sanborn, Monday, January 26, at 2:00 o'clock with Rev. Martin Peters of Paullina in charge of the service. Burial was in Roseland Cemetery at Sanborn. Pallbearers were Messrs. Clarence Wallis of Mitchell, S. D.; William Menning, Ralph Fairley, William Guse, Vernon Childers and Cornyle Haleman all of Sanborn.
Chris W. Brandt, son of the late Christian B. Brandt and Mrs. Augusta Brandt, now of Beloit, Wisc., was born in Sanborn, Ia., September 17, 1894 and passed away January 22, 1948, thus having attained the age of 53 years, 4 months and 4 days. He grew to manhood here receiving his education in the Sanborn public school. As a young man he entered the service of the Milwaukee Railroad and had attained the rank of locomotive engineer. He also served in the U. S. Forces in World War 1.
June 30, 1920, he was united in marriage to Miss Clara Marquardt, also of Sanborn, who with two children, a son Keith, 21, and a daughter Bonnie, 12, survived to mourn his sudden passing.
Upon their marriage they established their home in Sanborn and lived here until April, 1946 when they moved to Mitchell, S. D., where he continued his work on the railroad. He was a member of the Zion Lutheran church of Mitchell, S. D., and affiliated with the American Legion, The Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen and Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.
He is survived also by his mother, Mrs. Augusta Brand of Beloit, Wisc., two sisters, Mrs. Emma Steuck of Beloit, Wisc., and Mrs. Alfreda Wacker of Guernsey, Iowa, and one brother, Robert Brandt of Minneapolis, Minn.
The body was brought to Sanborn Thursday evening and taken to the Watts Funeral parlors and later taken to Vernon Childers home. Relatives attending the services from out of town besides the immediate family were his aged mother, Mrs. Augusta Brandt, Beloit, Wisc.; Mr. and Mrs. William Steuck, Beloit, Wisc.; Robert Brandt, Minneapolis, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Hitchcock, Mr. G. E. Marquardt, Herbert Gross, all of West Des Moines; Mr. and Mrs. Julius Fenske, Worthington, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Petrich, Sibley, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Marquardt and son, Jimmie, of Fairmont, Minn.; Mr. Warren Gross of Spencer, Iowa; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Transcribed by Alan Nicholson