Biography of Arthur B. Brobst
Marion County, IA Biographies





ARTHUR B. BROBST.
For almost six decades Arthur B. Brobst has been a resident of Knoxville, arriving here in May, 1855, when a lad of ten summers. He has since been an interested witness of the changes which have occurred as the work of growth, development and improvement has been carried steadily forward. For thirty years he has been engaged in the loan and abstract business and at the present time he is also filling the office of justice of the peace.

Mr. Brobst was born in Catawissa, Pennsylvania, August 27, 1844, and is of German descent, the family having been founded in America by Phillip Brobst, who came from the fatherland to the new world and settled in Berk county, Pennsylvania. Representatives of the family served with the American army in the Revolutionary war. Phillip Brobst had three sons: Michael, Martin and Valentine. The first named was born in Columbia county, Pennsylvania, in 1780, spent his entire life in the Keystone state and died in 1868. He had a family of twelve children, including Christian G. Brobst, who was born in Columbia county, Pennsylvania, on the 16th of September, 1818. Reared in his native state, he was there married in 1841 to Miss Louisa Brewer, who was born in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, in August, 1821. On removing westward they settled in Knoxville on the loth of May, 1855, and the father opened a general store which he conducted until 1868. He then became bookkeeper for Mr. Baker at his elevator and remained in that position until two years prior to his death, which occurred January 18, 1906, when he had reached the advanced age of eighty seven years, four months and two days. He had kept a daily diary for fifty one years, continuing his writing until within a few days prior to his death. For over sixty years he was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He joined the organization in 1845 and in 1895 was presented with a gold medal set with a diamond, this being the occasion of his fiftieth anniversary in the order. He was long the oldest Odd Fellow in the United States in years of continuous connection therewith. His wife passed away June 18, 1911, when about ninety years of age, her birth having occurred in August, 1821. They were people of the highest respectability and were consistent members of the Methodist church. They had but two children, the elder being Albert M., now a resident of San Diego, California.

Arthur B. Brobst acquired a public school education and on the 18th of July, 1863, when not yet nineteen years of age, enlisted for service in the Civil war, joining Company L of the Ninth Iowa Infantry, with which he served until the spring of 1866, being a noncommissioned officer at the close of his service. He participated in a number of hotly contested engagements and returned home with a most creditable military record.

After the war Mr. Brobst clerked in stores for several years until 1876, when he went into the recorder's office to fill the position of deputy, and subsequently he served as deputy clerk. In 1884 he opened an abstract, loan and insurance office, which business he has since continued, gaining a good clientage in that connection. In 1902 he was again called to public office, being elected justice of the peace, in which capacity he yet continues. His decisions are strictly fair and impartial, being based upon the law and the equity of the case. In fact at all times his official record has been most creditable and has won him high encomiums.

On the 16th of September, 1868, Mr. Brobst was united in marriage to Miss Artie Hamrick, of Knoxville, her parents being Mr. and Mrs. Allen Hamrick, of Illinois. The father held the office of county recorder for two terms, beginning in 1866, and subsequently served for three terms as county clerk. Mr. and Mrs. Brobst are the parents of three children. Barton H., who is associated in business with his father, wedded Miss Ella McMillan, by whom he has a daughter, Marguerite. Roy E., a jeweler of Knoxville, married Miss Mae McGrew, of Hay Springs, Nebraska, by whom he has had two children: Christian, who was killed by accident in July, 1914, when fifteen years of age; and Leslie, at home. Lovetta is the wife of Arthur Hovey, who is engaged in the map publishing business in Knoxville and by whom she has three sons: Donald, Victor and Howard.

Mr. Brobst and all of his family are members of the Methodist church and take a deep and helpful interest in its work, thus contributing much to the moral progress of the community. In politics he has ever been a stalwart republican, interested and active in the work of the party and doing all in his power to further its success. He holds membership in the Grand Army of the Republic and thus maintains close and pleasant connections with the "boys in blue" who defended the Union during the darkest hour in our country's history. He is a charter member of the Knights of Pythias lodge at Knoxville and since 1873 he has been identified with the Odd Fellows, holding membership in both the lodge and encampment. In all the relations of life his record has commended him to the confidence and good will of all and wherever he is known he is held in high regard.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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