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August Brand
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Birth: May 18, 1828
Death: Jul. 28, 1913

August Brandt (sic- original spelling) was born May 18, 1828 in Detmold, Prussia. In 1852 he and Minnie Knierim were married. In 1857 they crossed the Atlantic Ocean making their way to Missouri, where they farmed a tract of land 90 mi. W. of St. Louis. In 1866 they came to Calhoun Co. where he had secured a Homestead Claim in Greenfield Township. Seven children were born ( who survived him): August, Henry, Fredrick, Rachel, Minnie, Anna (m. Walter J. Rankin) and Emma. They were charter members of the Knierim Lutheran Church.

Source- 1982 Calhoun County History

The 1880 census also lists sons Herman, 19 (b.1861) and William, age 11 (b.1869) who died young, living at home. The third child who predeceased him was Frederika Brand Yagen, d. 1907.



The pioneer experiences of Calhoun
county became familiar to August Brand
during the period of his early residence here.
From that time to the present he has watched
with interest the development and upbuild-
ing of the county and his labors have not
been without effect in promoting its improve-
ment. He was torn in Ditmold, Prussia,
on the 18th of May, 1828. His father was a
stone-mason in Germany and both he and
bis wife died in that country, the former
serving in Napoleon"s army during the cam-
paign of 181 2. During his youth August
Brand worked upon his father's farm and
assisted in its cultivation until he came to
America. His education was acquired in
the schools of his native land and after he
had put aside his textbooks he operated a
farm of forty acres until two years after bis
marriage. That important event in his life
occurred in 1852, Miss Minnie Knierim be-
coming his wife. She was born and edu-
cated in Germany and has one sister who
still resides in the fatherland, while Mrs.
Peter Krause, another sister, is living in
Illinois, and her brother, William, is now a
resident of Calhoun county.

Hearing favorable reports of the oppor-
tunities to be enjoyed in the new world,
August Brand resolved to seek his fortune
beyond the Atlantic and in 1857 he crossed
the ocean, making his way across the coun-
try to Missouri. He established his home
upon a tract of rented land, ninety miles
west of St. Louis, and continued to reside
there until 1866 when he came to Calhoun
county, where he has since remained. The
homestead claim which be here secured was
his place of residence until 1892 and in the
meantime he had extended the boundaries
of his farm' by additional purchase until it
comprised two hundred and forty acres.
Ten years ago he sold this property and re-
tired to Manson, purchasing here three
acres of land upon which he built a home in
which he is now living retired, enjoying a
well merited rest.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Brand have been
born ten children, of whom three are now
deceased. Those living are as follows :
August, who married Miss Clara Julius, and
resides in Greenfield township; Henry, who
married Hattie Marthar and lives in
Greenfield township; Fred, who married
Miss Fulka Rankin, and is a resident of
Manson; Rachel,(sic)-[Frederika] is the wife of Martin Yagen,
of Manson; Minnie, who married Jonas
Stacey, of Greenfield township; Anna, the
wife of Walter Rankin, a farmer residing
near Manson and Emma, who married
James Fluhardy, at Manson. The parents
hold membership in the Lutheran church
and in his political views Mr. Brand is a Re-
publican. He has held several township
offices, including that of school director in
which capacity he served for fifteen years,
the cause of education finding in him a
warm friend. On arriving in Calhoun coun-
ty he found that he must meet pioneer con-
ditions, for the work of civilization was still
in its primitive condition here. He took up
his abode in Greenfield township and at once
set to work to transform the raw prairie into
richly cultivated fields. Prices were very
high ; he paid two dollars for wheat, twelve
dollars per hundred for flour, one dollar per
bushel for corn, and two dollars and a
quarter per bushel for potatoes. In the early
days he suffered from the grasshopper
plague, those insects destroying everything
green that was raised. Many of the pioneers
had little money and in order to live after
this failure of crops, they killed muskrats,
selling their skins for ten cents each. Dur-
ing that dark period in the history of Cal-
houn county, Mr. Brand worked for fifty
cents per day in order to provide for his wife
and children, but as the years passed and the
financial prospect grew brighter, his labors
brought good return and ultimately he be-
came the possessor of a very handsome com-
petence which now enables him to live re-
tired. He has passed the seventy-third mile-
stone on the journey of life and through all
the years he has borne an untarnished name,
his reputation in business circles being un-



NOTE: There is a crossing record with a couple with the same names, August and Wilhelmina Brand, arriving May 19, 1857 on the ship, Anna Delius. August was 29, occupation listed as bricklayer, Minnie was 26, and their children were Friedrich,4; and Heinrich,10 months. (In reviewing this I believe they are not the same Knierims- daughters Frederika and Wilhelmina is not with them and the boy's names are not right. Research to do!)

Family links: 
  Wilhelmina Knierim Brand (1834 - 1909)*
  Frederika Brand Yagen (1853 - 1907)*
  Wilhelmina E. Brand Stacy (1855 - 1916)*
  August C. Brand (1858 - 1923)*
  Herman Brand (1861 - 1882)*
  Henry E. Brand (1863 - 1937)*
  Fred Brand (1867 - 1947)*
  William Brand (1869 - 1886)*
  Anna Frederika Wilhelmine Brand Rankin (1872 - 1930)*
  Emma Fredericka Brand Fluharty (1876 - 1960)*
*Calculated relationship
Greenfield Cemetery
Calhoun County
Iowa, USA
Maintained by: Kent Gebhard
Originally Created by: Burt
Record added: Dec 30, 2007
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August Brand
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August Brand
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