biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
GEORGE W. BREWER is engaged in the mercantile business at Givin, this county. He is a native, to the manor born, first see- ing the light of day in Mahaska County, Feb. 22, 1850, and is a son of Harry and Helen M. (Adams) Brewer. (See sketch of Harry Brewer on another page of this volume.) George was reared on a farm and received his education in the district schools, supplemented by two terms in Oskaloosa College. As soon as old enough to attend to the business he entered the store of which he is now proprietor, as a clerk, and is now serving his six- teenth year in the business. On the 3d day of October, 1873, Mr. Brewer was married to Miss Martha A. Cribner, a native of Mahaska County, and a daughter of Nicholas H. and Nancy Cribner. Five children have been born to themÄHarry Hale, George Anner, Sadie Helen, Herbert Willard and Earl. Mr. Brewer owns the building in which his store is kept, and also a hand- some story-and-a-half residence, 20x30 feet, erected ata coat of $1,000. He is a member of the Method- ist Episcopal Church, the I. O. O. F., and is a Knight Templar in the Masonic fraternity. In politics Mr. B. is a Democrat, but takes no active part in political matters. Since commencing the mercantile trade he has attended closely to busi- ness, giving himself but little opportunity for rec- reation, but in 1876 he made a trip to the East, at- tended the Centennial Exposition at Philadelphi and visited the cities of New York, Buffalo, Indian- apolis and Chicago. Mr. Brewer was appointed Postmaster in 1875, but had served as Deputy Postmaster from 1868, transacting all the business of the office. He is now serving his third term.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy