ALFRED H. BREWER
Specific mention is made in this volume of many enterprising business men of Carroll county, and of these men
who have been successful in the pursuit of business, Alfred H. Brewer, a well known shoe merchant of Delphi, Indiana,
deserves a high rank. He has passed his entire life of more than half a century within the borders of Carroll county,
and in his business, though aggressive, has nevertheless been conservative at all times, and has combined mature
judgment with everyday common sense. Mr. Brewer well merits the respect and esteem accorded to him, not only by
the patrons of his business, but by the citizens of Carroll county generally.
Born in Adams township, Carroll county, Indiana, November 12, 1860, Alfred H. Brewer is a son of Jesse and Elizabeth
(Briney) Brewer, who were natives of the Hoosier and Buckeye states, respectively. Jesse Brewer was reared principally
at Lagro, Wabash county, Indiana. He came to Carroll county when a young man and engaged in farming, owning a farm
first in Adams township. He afterwards owned land in Jefferson township, and finally in Tippecanoe township. He
died on the old home farm in Tippecanoe township, at the age of sixty nine years; his widow survived him about
two years. being seventy four years old at the time of her death. Both were earnest and faithful members of the
Christian church, of which he wads an elder and prominent in all its affairs. He served as county commissioner
at one lime, discharging his duties in a very capable and efficient manner. His first wife was Miss Holloway, and
to this union were born four children, Isaac, Aaron, John and Mahatma. By his second marriage, to Elizabeth Briney,
there were three children born: Alfred H., with whom this narrative deals; George W., of Rochester, Indiana, and
Francis M., of Tippecanoe township.
The paternal grandfather of Alfred H. Brewer was Israel Brewer, who was a soldier. in the War of 1812. He was a
pioneer in Miami county, Indiana, and died there comparatively early in life. Among his children were, Martha,
Cynthia and Jesse. His maternal grandfather was Henry Briney, who married Sarah Harless, both natives of Darke
county, Ohio, who, sometime after their marriage, removed to Adams township, Carroll county, Indiana, where they
entered land and established a pioneer home in the wilderness. Here they lived the remainder of their lives, the
grandfather dying at the age of sixty six, and the grandmother some years later. Among their children were, Elizabeth,
Perry, Aaron, Washington, Alfred, Louisa, Henry, Jeremiah and Thomas.
Alfred H. Brewer was reared on his father's farm and lived at home with his parents until he had reached his majority,
in the meantime attending the district schools and the high school at Delphi. After leaving school, in 188o, Mr.
Brewer began clerking in the shoe store which he now owns, and worked continuously in this store until March, 1911,
when he purchased the store. He carries a large and up to date stock of boots and shoes, and enjoys a large and
lucrative patronage in Delphi and vicinity.
On the 1st day of June, 1886, Mr. Brewer was married to Katie Sonnenfeldt, now spelled Sonfield, the daughter of
John and Catherine (Assion) Sonnenfeldt, and to this union has been born one son, Harry S., who is clerking in
his father's store. Harry S. Brewer married Laura M. Thompson, of Monticello, Indiana, and they have one son, Harold
H. Mrs. Alfred H. Brewer is a native of Delphi, having been born on the same lot where she is now living. Her parents
were natives of Germany, her father having come from Saxony and her mother from Alsace-Lorraine. Her father died
in 1889, but her mother is still living, at the age of eighty two years. They were the parents of five children,
Adeline, John H., Louise, Catherine and Emma.
It is doubtful if there is any citizen now living in Carroll county who is more prominent in Masonic circles than
Alfred H. Brewer. He is a member of Olive Lodge No. 48, Free and Accepted Masons; of Delphi Chapter No. 21, Royal
Arch Masons; Delphi Commandery No. 4o, Knights Templar, and of Murat Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, at Indianapolis.
Mr. Brewer is also prominent in the Knights of Pythias order, being a member of Delphi Lodge No. So and of the
Uniform Rank. He is a past chancellor and represented the Delphi lodge in the grand lodge. Harry S. Brewer was
deputy grand chancellor for a time, but resigned. Mr. and Mrs. Brewer are members of the Presbyterian church. Politically,
Mr. Brewer is a Democrat, and for some years served on the Delphi school board.
Aside from the shoe store of which Alfred H. Brewer is proprietor, he is a stockholder and director in the Great
Western Canning Company, of Delphi, and is a director in the local building and loan association.
History of Carroll County, Indiana
Its People, Industries and Institutions
By: John C. Odell
B. F. Bowen & Company
Carroll County, IN
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