biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
VALENTINE BRUBAKER, general farmer and stock-raiser, resides on section 15, Harrison Township. He was born in Ashland County, Ohio, Feb. 14, 1838. and is the son of Daniel and Magdalena (Bixler) Brubaker. They were natives of Pennsylvania, and of German descent, and removed to the State of Ohio about the year 1824, residing there until the year 1849, when they came to Mahaska County, Iowa, making the entire trip by team. Here they bought nearly 400 acres of land, which they cultivated and improved, and occupied as a home until his death in the year 1862. His wife died in 1864. The subject of this sketch has been twice married; his first wife was Miss Ellen Ratliff, a daughter of Thomas and Mary (Rhinehart) Ratliff, to whom he was united Dec. 24, 1868, and to whom one child was born, Edie, April 12, 1870. He was subsequently married to Miss Anna L. Buffington, a daughter of William H. and Sarah (Baldwin) Buffington. To them six children have been born: William H., May 18, 1872; Herbert A., Feb. 26, 1874; John E., Aug. 16, 1876; Mary E., Sept. 20, 1878; Harlan D., Feb. 3, 1880; Elizabeth E., March 4, 1883. Mrs. Brubaker's mother, Sarah Baldwin, died March 17, 1879. Mr. Brubaker owns 160 acres of land at the home farm, another eighty acres on the same section, and ten acres of timber. His land is all in an excellent state of cultivation, while the residence and other buildings are of the better grade. Himself and wife are members of influence and worth in the Methodist Episcopal Church. Politically Mr. Erubaker is a Republican. Rating him as a citizen, he is one of the best. In all his transactions with men, he carries out the spirit of the Golden Rule, thereby commending himself to all men as honorable and upright, and meriting and receiving the esteem of all who know him.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy