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Biography extracted from History of Sauk County, Wisconsin Chicago: Western Historical Company, published 1880.


A. S. Brooks, proprietor of restaurant at Reedsburg, came to that town with his parents, in 1856. His father, Samuel Brooks, bought land and located near the village of Reedsburg. For two seasons, Mr. A. S. Brooks was with the Mackeys in Reedsburg mill, and, for seven years previous to coming to his majority, lived in the family of H. W. Andrews. While working for the Government at Washington, D. C., in 1864, Mr. B. enlisted in 2d Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery; was mustered out in June of 1865. Mr. B. is a native of New York, born at Peterboro, Madison Co., N. Y., Dec. 22, 1841; he spent two years in Indiana, where he was associated with Andrews in the ice business; for a time he was fireman on Michigan Southern R. R.; then he went to Jackson, Minn., where he took up a soldier's claim, and began farming, but, for four successive seasons, he was eaten out by grasshoppers, after which he returned to Reedsburg; at this place, Mr. B. has just erected a new brick building, 34x82, two stories in height--bakery underneath and a fine hall overhead; the first floor is occupied as a store and restaurant. Mr. B. was married March 28, 1867, to Miss Narcissus E. Cornish, who was born Feb. 23, 1840. Mr. B. has one child, Mamie, born June 5, 1868. Mr. Brooks is now a member of the Village Board, a Mason and a member of the Grand Army of the Republic; he belongs to the Fire Company of Reedsburg.

Submitted by Donna Burdick, Smithfield, NY Town Historian

[contributor notes Mrs. Cornish's given name is misspelled-should be Narcissa]

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