IRVIN J. BRUBAKER, the eldest son of John H. and Lizzie (Neher) Brubaker, was born on the 28th of December, 1882, in Virden township. He was reared on a farm, acquiring his early education in the district schools of the vicinity, after the completion of which he attended the Pleasant Hill high school. As is common with the majority of farmer lads while attending school, he assisted with the work of the fields, and thus, by the time he was ready to lay aside his text books, he had acquired a very thorough understanding of practical agricultural methods. He remained under the parental roof until he was twenty-five years old when he married and established a home of his own. For one year thereafter he engaged in the cultivation of an eighty acre tract of rented land, but at the expiration of that period he leased another eighty acre tract adjoining his father's farm and also rented a portion of the old homestead. Here he has ever since continued to reside devoting his attention to general farming and stock-raising with increasing success.
Dayton, Ohio, was the scene of the marriage of Mr. Brubaker and Miss Bertha Mumma, the ceremony being performed on Christmas Day, 1907. Mrs. Brubaker is a daughter of George F. and Lizzie (Denlinger) Mumma, natives of the Buckeye state, now residing in the vicinity of Dayton. Their family numbered five: Bertha, now Mrs. Brubaker; Ida, who is deceased; Melvin, who is a resident of Dayton, Ohio; Esta, who is also deceased; and one dying in infancy. Mr. and Mrs. Brubaker are the proud parents of two daughters, Fern Elizabeth, who was born on the 19th of February, 1909; and Orpha Pearl, whose birth occurred on the 4th of April, 1910.
In matters religious they affiliate with the Church of the Brethren and, politically, Mr. Brubaker is a republican but has never been an office seeker. He is one of the progressive and energetic young agriculturists of Virden township, whose efforts are being rewarded in a very substantial manner.