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Transcribed biography of L. D. Brand

L. D. Brand, one of the prominent merchants of La Porte county, began life with scanty means, but by economy and continued industry he has accumulated considerable. He owns a fine brick store building, in the upper story of which is the noted Brand's Temperance Hall. He carries a stock of goods consisting of general merchandise, hardware and farming implements, to the value of $10,000. His annual sales amount to $20,000. Mr. Brand was born near the noted Chautauqua lake, N. Y., Sept. 22, 1837. His parents were Morril and Sarah Brand. He was reared in Silver Creek, N. Y., and also had access to the common schools of the village, which were not known for their excellence. In 1855 he came to this county, first settling in Kingsbury, and about one year later went to Valparaiso, Porter county, and was engineer in the flouring mills of that place till 1858, when he went to Pleasantville, Iowa, and engaged in the same business, which he followed to the spring of 1859; he then went to Denver, Colorado. He followed mining in the Rocky Mountains that summer, and in the fall he returned to Valparaiso. He again left the latter place in 1861 for Hudson, Mich., and was engineer in the flouring mills there till the spring of 1862, when he came to Kingsbury, and purchased a steam threshing-machine; he ran this machine till 1870, when he opened the above named store. He was united in marriage Dec. 23, 1863, to Miss Mary Catlin; this union was blessed with 6 children, viz.: Carl D., Grace E., Percy, Claud and Maud (twins) and Olie.

We give a portrait of Mr. Brand in this volume, from a photograph taken at the age of 25 years. It faces page 870.

Source: Charles C. Chapman & Company. 1880. History of La Porte County, Indiana: Together with Sketches of Its Cities, Villages, and Townships. Chicago, Illinois: Charles C. Chapman & Company. 914 p.
Page(s) in Source: 868

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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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