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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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David O. Brooks.

David O. Brooks, a worthy native son and representative agriculturist of Adair county, is the owner of two hundred and twenty acres of valuable land on section 15, Union township.  His birth occurred in Prussia township, this county, on the 9th of April, 1882, his parents being Edward W. and Charlotte A. (Hepler) Brooks.  The father was born in Greene county, New York, in 1848, and when five years of age removed to La Salle county, Illinois.  The mother was born in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, in 1856 and was twelve years of age when she became a resident of Livingston county, Illinois.  They were married in Ottawa, that state, in 1873.  In was in 1882 that they came to Adair county, Iowa, where the father died on the 12th of September, 1909.

David O. Brooks, one of a family of eight children, received his education in the common schools and remained on the home farm until he attained his majority, subsequently operating a rented tract for two years.  On the expiration of that period he purchased two hundred and twenty acres of land in Union township, which he has cultivated continuously and successfully to the present time, improving the property until it is now an ideal farm home.  In connection with the raising of cereals best adapted to soil and climate he is engaged in buying and feeding cattle for the market and has also won an enviable reputation as an importer and breeder of Percheron horses.

On the 15th of October, 1907, Mr. Brooks was united in marriage to Miss Gertrude E. Selim, whose parents came to America from Sweden in 1898.  He gives his political allegiance to the democratic party and is at present serving as a member of the school board, being deeply interested in the cause of education.  He has always resided in this county and is widely known as an enterprising young agriculturist and respected citizen.



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