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Clemens Bruning was one of the leading business men of Breda, Carroll County, with whose interests he had been identified since the spring of 1879, the town of Breda being at that date but a small hamlet. On settling here in 1879 he engaged in the mercantile business, which continued under the firm name of Bruning & Son, and from the first had been one of the prominent citizens. In the fall of 1879 he bought the lumber interests of Mr Simpson, and continued dealing in lumber. To this business he added the sale of agricultural implements.

Mr Clemens Bruning was born in Germany in 1830, and at the age of eighteen, in 1848, he emigrated with his father’s family to America, locating in Grant County, Wisconsin. Clemens Bruning subsequently left Grant County for Illinois, and for some time was engaged in mining in the vicinity of Galena, until coming to Carroll County, Iowa.

Clemens Bruning married Mary Ann Arts and their children included: Caroline (Mrs John Bohnenkamp), Mary A. (Mrs Gnam) William B., August, Frank, Anton, George, Anna and Lena. Clemens Bruning died September 28, 1899.

From the Breda Centennial Book, 1877-1977, Older Days Renewed, page 145.

Transcription (June 2001) by Anita Henning  Lemon Grove, CA


(On pages 141 &143 of The Breda Centennial Book, Older Days Renewed 1877-1977)

Henry and Katherine Waldruff Determan came to Breda from Clinton, Iowa about 1880. They farmed and later owned the property and ran a saloon where the Post Office is now located. Their children were: Will, Nick, Anna, Catherine (Sr Tarcisia, F.S.P.A.0, Joe and Ed.

Nick Determan (1890-1969) was employed in the Ricke Store as a young man. In 1910, in partnership with Frank Bohnenkamp, the store was purchased and operated as Bohnenkamp and Determan General Merchandise until 1947. From 1947, until his death, Nick Determan was sole owner and continued operation of Determan’s Store.

He and Mathilda Brinker were married in 1915 and were the parents of: Melvin (1917-1972), Donald, who died of diphtheria at six weeks of age, and Illa Mae (Neumayer).

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Transcription (October 2001) by Anita Henning Lemon Grove, CA  


Jacob Heinrichs was born May 25, 1860 at Klingladbach, Germany. He married Mary Netten in 1885, and came to America about 1892. They settled in Breda where he was a carpenter and cabinet builder, a trade which he had learned in Germany.

Their children were Leo, Josephine (Mrs Ben Brinker), Henry, Joe, and Minnie (Mrs Joe Coon), Jacob Heinrichs died November 16, 1932.

From the Breda Centennial Book, 1877-1977, Older Days Renewed, page 137.

Transcription (June 2001) by Anita Henning Lemon Grove, CA 


(On page 145 & 147 of The Breda Centennial Book, Older Days Renewed 1877-1977)

William Heisterkamp was born at Dyersville, Iowa in 1870, where his parents lived, after coming from Germany. He came to Carroll County with his parents locating at Arcadia. After living there several years, they moved to Ashton, Iowa where they lived for eleven years. In 1899, he married Louisa Leider at St. Bernard Church in Breda. Louisa Leider was born at St Lawrence, Wisconsin, and moved with her parents to the farm now owned by Elmer Grote.

Louisa’s father sold the farm and purchased the property now known as the “Corner Casino”. Mr Heisterkamp operated a saloon there for a number of years and later in the automobile business.

Children of the Heisterkamp family are: Frank, Joseph, Anton, Mrs. William Poen (Mary), Mrs Edmund Schulte (Agnes), Leo, Mrs. Edgar Weber (Eleanor), William, and two children, who died in infancy.  

Transcription (October 2001) by Anita Henning  Lemon Grove, CA 


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