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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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John Everton Brooks.

John Everton Brooks is well known in insurance circles of the state as he is serving as secretary of the Iowa Farmers Re-Insurance Association, which he assisted in organizing.  He is also secretary of the Adair County Mutual Insurance Association and gives his entire time to insurance work.  He is a native of Erie county, Ohio, born August 8, 1855, of the marriage of Homer and Mary L. (Kellogg) Brooks.  The father was born at Florence, Erie county, Ohio, October 26, 1830, and was married on his twenty-third birthday.  Two years later he and his wife removed by wagon to Scott county, Iowa, where he erected a small residence.  After living there for two years they returned to Ohio to the home of Mrs. Brooks' father.  When Mr. Brooks sold his farm in Scott county he took as part payment therefor one hundred and sixty acres of land in Adair county and in 1879 came here with his family.  They remained upon the farm until 1890, when removal was made to Greenfield, where the father passed away July 28, 1905.  The ancestry of the Brooks family has been traced back to the Pilgrim Fathers and representatives of the name served in the Revolutionary war.  Mrs. Mary L. (Kellogg) Brooks was born December 31, 1829, and is a descendant of Governor Bradford, who was the second signer of the Mayflower compact and the second governor of Plymouth colony.  She is still living in Greenfield.

John E. Brooks was brought by his parents to Iowa when but an infant but as they returned to Ohio two years later his education was acquired in the public schools of that state.  In his early manhood he taught school during the winters, while he devoted the summers to farm work.  In 1878, when twenty-three years of age, he came to Adair county and continued farming and teaching until 1892.  In that year he removed to Greenfield, having been made secretary of the Adair County Mutual Insurance Association, and he has since devoted his energies to work in the insurance field.  He has studied carefully every phase of the business and has managed will the interests intrested to him.

Mr. Brooks was married in 1882 to Mrs. Sarah O. Carr, who was born in Medina, Ohio, of the marriage of William Purdy and Olivia Dean, both of whom are deceased.  To Mr. and Mrs. Brooks have been born two children, Earl Homer and Donald Frederick.

Mr. Brooks is independent in politics and although he has always kept well informed as to events and has manifested a keen interest in the public welfare he has never sought office.  His ability and integrity have gained him the confidence and respect of those who have been associated with him.



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