2 Aug 1906, Leopolis
The illness of Mr. Anton Brunner Sr. noted in my last communication, terminated fatally the morning of the 26th inst. Mr. Brunner was the pioneer settler of this surrounding country, arriving some thirty years ago from Manitowoc County, this state, and when all was a trackless wilderness. It takes no stretch of the imagination to picture to oneself the many hardships endured by these hardy pioneers. The nearest neighbor at first was Mr. Ebert in Pella, the nearest trading point Mr. Bucholzís store in Belle Plaine, and it took two days to make the trip. Being companionable and of a happy and jovial disposition it naturally followed that Mr. Brunner made friends easily and retained their friendship to the end. Interment took place from the Catholic Church, Rev. Father Becker officiating. The capacity of the church being wholly inadequate to accommodate all who paid their last respects to the memory of the deceased. The sorrowing wife and eight children, Michael, Martin, Nobert, Stephen, Louis, Mrs. H.C. Miller of Marion and Mrs. H.W. Mavis of Tigerton, are left to mourn the loss of a loving husband and father.
3 Aug 1906
Brunner, Anton, an aged settler, passed away on Thursday, 26 July and was buried on 28 July. The deceased was beloved and respected through the entire area, which explains the large attendance at the funeral on Saturday, as well as in the funeral procession. Anton Brunner leaves besides his sorrowing widow, ten children, which two are unmarried, and all are in good health. He reached the age of 67 years.