ISSUE 111                                                                                                                             JULY, AUG, SEPT 2018

Community Service is an Albert Family Tradition- written by Shannon Latham


When farmers see a need within their community, chances are they’ll band together and offer a solution or two. That’s how the Albert family of Brandon, Iowa, became known for hosting an annual Memorial Day four-wheeler ride, a late summer sweet corn roast and a community tractor ride. The Alberts also organize the community’s Thanksgiving meal and are one of three farm families that take turns hosting the Testicle Festival each January to raise money for cancer research.

One of their friends was diagnosed with cancer about 10 years ago, which prompted several local cattle producers to fry Rocky Mountain oysters and other fair-type foods. About five or six years ago, Craig Albert realized many residents didn’t have anywhere to go on Thanksgiving. He and his wife, Judy, decided to change how they celebrated the holiday.

“Now we invite the town to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal at Brandon Community Center,” says Craig. “Our son and daughter help, too. People bring in canned donations for food pantry. Free will donations go to local family or a local charity. The community really comes together. Instead of eating and running, people enjoy sticking around and talking with one another.”

Like his father, Jordan Albert grew up knowing he wanted to farm. He lives by the lyrics to Dallas Davidson’s song “God Made a Farmer…” He gets up early and stays up late. He seeds, and feeds and weeds and breathes… bleeds, weans and rakes. He’ll spend his lifetime praying for rain and his prized possession is his good name…

After he graduated from high school, Jordan studied Ag Business/GPS at Hawkeye Community College. When he graduated in 2006, there wasn’t room for him to join the family’s farming operation because his dad was farming with an uncle. Jordan took a job at Carson&Barron Farms had been working there for nine years when one day in February 2013 it all changed.

That day Jordan’s dad, Craig, was admitted to the hospital for a pace maker. Jordan came home to feed the cattle and plant the crops. Then his former boss told him, “Family comes first. I will always be here to support you, but you need to go back home and farm now.” That’s when Jordan started transitioning into his family’s farming operation. Over the years, he’s taken on more day-to-day responsibilities.

“I wasn’t forced to come back, but I’m glad I got the opportunity to do so,” says Jordan. “We don’t ever compromise friendships or family relationships with business. We agree that anything that happens outside the house is business. Anything that happens at the table is family.”

“A farm will not work without a backbone to the operation, and my mom is ours. I don’t think we could ever replace her,” adds Jordan.

Judy has worked off the farm at Denton Castings for 25 years. She works on the farm after work. When Craig was in the hospital, Judy would get up at 2:00 or 3:00 AM to help check cows, fill the planter, or load trucks with soybeans or corn.

Jordan’s sister, Jackie, also has a passion for cattle. She and her husband have their own stock cattle, but she’s still involved with Albert Family Farms. She takes care of the cattle records, including vaccinations and rate of gain. She tracks which bulls are the most docile and which ones – Galvey, Simmental, Angus, Fleckvieh and the different crossbreds – create the most return on investment (ROI).

“Farming is about more than the money. Farming is a passion,” says Jordan. “You put the seed in the ground or see the little calf hit the ground, and it’s so rewarding to watch it grow and develop. When you pull that calf and watch it grow up, it’s the joy of life. You see that calf take its first breath, it’s a miracle.”

In addition to farming with his parents, Jordan is active in the Buchanan County Cattlemen’s Association. Each year group members hold an auction; funds raised support two $500 scholarships for high school 4-H and FFA members in Buchanan County. Then the two scholarship recipients help at the Cattlemen’s our food booth at the county fair. The cattlemen also grill at summer events, which Jordan says is as much fun as it is work. The grill outs help the cattlemen raise funds, as well as serves as a great way to promote beef.





Brandon Days: Aug 3, 4, 5 2018: 

Parade theme this year is “Pirates”. So get your thinking caps on and design your parade entry with this particular theme in mind.  Who are your favorite pirates…. Jack Sparrow, Jake the Pirate, Peter Pan???  See enclosed flyers with preliminary list and times of event

Brandon Days Big Ball Tournament:


Battle for the frying pan!

$100 entry per team

Saturday, August 4th 2018

Possible Friday August 3rd Games-times determined by team count

Contact Blake Clark at 319-939-4010 text or call no later than Monday, July 30th to enter.

Payout Big Ball Tournament held during Annual Brandon Day Festival concessions available, B.O.B.

Rules and regulations:

Coed 6 men/4 women teams

Female –Male alternate batting

Bat up to 12 players

Men hit 16” ball – provided

Women hit 12” ball – 52/300 required by team

Double elimination

Unlimited arch

Plate and Mat Strike

No bat regulation

Courtesy foul allowed

1 & 1 count start

If male batter is walked, male takes 2nd and female has option to walk to 1st

Two winners of previous game required to ump the following game.

Brandon Jefferson Township Historical Society:


The Historical Society will host their summer event for fundraising at the Brandon Park on Sunday, July 15, 2018 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. As in the past, food will be available for a freewill offering.


Barb Riggle on the keyboard and Larry Roster with is guitar and singing talent will provide music for your enjoyment. Bring your own lawn chairs, come and enjoy and old fashioned neighborly get-together.

Cowboy Breakfast: 
Cowboy breakfast will be Sunday, September 16, 2018 at the Brandon Area Community Center. We will serve from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Menu consists of scrambled eggs, pancakes, fried potatoes, ham, sausage, sausage gravy and homemade biscuits. Orange juice and coffee will be served.





New Concession Stand and Fundraising Project:

The Brandon Area Community Club is currently raising funds for a new modern concession stand at the City Park.   The construction has moved along quite nicely. 

Thank you to the volunteers that have sacrificed their weekends and nights do construction. Special thanks to Dale Priebe, Travis and Ty Cornwell, Justin Noschbish, Jeremy Brown, Paul Rogers and Guy Stacy who work many hours in the heat.  Phyllis Clark for arranging meals.  We will be working to have it usable by Brandon Days. IF you are able to help, please contact Travis or Guy. 

We have had a great response to our fundraising efforts but are still short of our goal.  Please consider donating to this project.  The city council and the Brandon Area Community Club continue to work together to make Brandon a great place to live.

If you are interested in a giving a monetary donation toward this project please send donations to BACC, Box 163, Brandon, Iowa 52210. Please put concession stand on the memo line.

Brandon Tigers Ball Tournament:

The Brandon softball and baseball teams recently had their league tournaments. The girl’s tournament was held in Coggon, June 12-16, 2018. Brandon girls did very well during the tournaments. The two Tee-Ball teams played in  the tournaments. The first T-ball team’s play ended play in the third round of games. The second T-ball team placed  2nd.  The coach pitch team finished 3rd. The pitch team was the league CHAMPS.  Congratulations on a job well done. Thank you to the coaches, Jill Louvar, Brandi Schultz, Jeremy Brown, Brad Loughren, Megan Cornwell, Travis Cornwell, Bob Cue, Brian Loughren and Brandy Palmer.

Brandon Tee-Ball boys had a winning season with only one loss. Thank you to the coaches, Michael Halligan, Matt and Ashley Osborn, Bo Peyton, Jenni Halligan.

National Tumbling and Trampoline:

Myra and Memphis Peyton, children of Hilary and Brian (Bo) Peyton, rural Rowley, competed at the USTA Nationals in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on June 14, 2018.  Memphis placed 4th in his age and level in tumbling.  Myra placed 2nd in her flight and 6th overall out of 25 girls in her age and level in tumbling.

Congratulations to both Myra and Memphis on their outstanding performances.

Be the Change Group Fitness:

This is the perfect place to begin your fitness journey. We will help you change your body, change your mind, and change your life. Using cardio dance moves, toning, balance, and flexibility our easy to follow REFIT® routines will inspire you from the inside out. Class is open to the public, there is NO gym membership required, Kids are welcome, and the best part is you get to decide the cost of the class. The money collected each month goes to local nonprofit organizations, programs, and events. Classes are held at the Brandon Community Center on Thursday evening from 6:30-7:30 p.m. You will FIT at REFIT®! Please, visit our Face book page at Be The Change Group Fitness for more information and weekly schedules.


Brandon Church of Christ:

Contact information for the Brandon Church of Christ

306 East Street

Pastor Lenny Powers


Sunday School is at 9:30 am with Worship at 10:30 am. Handicap accessible


Brandon United Methodist Church:


Shock, Disbelief, and Sadness: Written by Denise Lehman


I can understand the shock at the loss of our Pastor, Mike Ferguson. He joined our church family in December after a few rough months. Mike brought with him many things-but one thing he brought was HOPE!


Hope for our church-we saw an increase in attendance and participation in not only church, but in Bible studies, stewardship of our physical church building and small groups such as UMW and UMM.


Hope for our relationships with Christ-Mike told us that our day-to-day living showed our relationship or lack of relationship with Christ.


Hope of the Grace of God-that has been given to each and every one of us.


Why did God take our pastor, when he apparently could have had years of fruitful ministry ahead of him? I wish I knew the answer, but I don’t, and neither do you. We only see a small part of the picture, but God sees the whole and He can be trusted to do what is right. I know it’s hard for me to trust God in situations like this, but the Bible says, “The Lord works out everything for his own ends” (Proverbs 16:4)


We can thank God for allowing Mike into our lives and touching so many in just a few short months. We can pray to God to surround our Church Family in His loving arms and be beside us as we transition into a new phase in our church. Pray that we will be blessed with a new minister, and although he or she can never replace Pastor Mike, that he or she may be someone that truly love God and His word and leads our congregation ever closer to Christ.


New Minister at Brandon United Methodist Church:

The congregation of the Brandon Methodist Church welcomes their new minister, Pastor Annette Kruse.  She will begin her ministry in Brandon on Sunday, July 1st.  Pastor Annette comes to us from Walker Methodist Church.  She is married and has three grown children and three grandchildren and one grandchild is expected in August.  Her husband, Dave, also a minister, has accepted the position at Walker Methodist Church.  Dave and Annette reside in Atkins.  Please join us in welcoming Annette and Dave to our community.


Contact information for the Brandon United Methodist Church:
507 Main Street

Pastor Annette K Ruhs Kruse  cell phone 712-249-6652

Sunday School is at 9:00 am (Adult classes 8:45 am) Fellowship time is 09:45- 10 am. Worship service begins at 10:00 am. Handicap accessible.



BASH will meet the first Wednesday of every month from September to April with the exception of January. There is no BASH in January.    It starts at 4:15 pm and ends at 5:15 pm. All children ages Kindergarten through 5th grade is invited to attend.  Local bus drivers will drop off the kids at the church with parent’s permission, please contact your child’s bus driver.



Brandon United Methodist Church Youth Group:

Youth group members will be getting together this summer to make a church float for the Brandon parade to be held on Saturday, August 4. If other church members would like to help, call Rachel (319-551-4794) or Dawnye (319-334-0163) for more information.


With the beginning of another school year approaching, we are seeking more members!  Any students in grades 6 – 12 are welcome. We will be meeting in late August or early September to begin planning our activities.

Dawnye Sturtz

Kids Lunch in the Park:

Brandon United Methodist Church is once again offering free lunch in the park to Brandon area kids. The lunches will be provided by the Methodist Congregational Care Committee and served at the Brandon City Park shelter house. The dates are Monday, July 9 and 23, and August 6, 2018 from 11:30 to 12:30.  Lunch will consist of hot dog, chips, applesauce, and homemade bake good, and water.

Adult supervision will be available during that hour only. This ministry has been well received in the past and will continue to be offered to the community.

Pie and Ice Cream Social:

The Brandon United Methodist Women will sponsor their annual pie and ice cream booth at the Brandon City Park during the Brandon Celebration on Saturday, August 4th, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (or until sold out). 

UMW Fall Supper:
The Annual Homemade Chicken and Noodle Supper will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 4:30- 7:30 pm at the Brandon United Methodist Church.  Menu includes Homemade Chicken and Noodles, Mashed Potatoes, Squash, Green Beans, Salad Bar, and Dessert.  Country Store and Bazaar will also be held upstairs in the side room.


Noodle Making Day:

We will be making noodles on Saturday, August 25th starting at 8:30 am.  Please come and help if you are able.


Thank You:


Thanks for the many cards, gifts, phone calls, and visits I received for my 95th birthday.   They were greatly appreciated ~~ Esther Little

There are not enough words to describe how blessed I am.  A special thanks to Buddy and Kelly Thomas, Amy and Ashlee Thomas, Kevin and Rachel Webster, Deb Bistline for hosting the open house for my 80th birthday.  A BIG thank you to all who took time to come, sent me cards, gave me gifts, called me and sent Face book messages.    You made this a memorable birthday!  God’s blessings to all!  ~~ LaVonn “Bonnie” Webster Westcott


Rozella A. Gates Williamson, 87 of Cedar Falls, died Thursday April 12, 2018 at Pinnacle Specialty Care. She was born February 12, 1931, in Brandon, daughter of Arthur and Phoebe (Schonover) Gates. She married Earl Williamson on January 22, 1949, in Cedar Falls. He died July 5, 2010. She graduated from high school in Hazelton, and worked in housekeeping at the University of Northern Iowa, retiring in 1992

She is Survived by two daughter, Sherry (Larry) Wyant ad Brenda (Jeff) Northy, both of Waterloo; two sons, Bruce Williamson of Cedar Falls and David (Connie) Williamson of Burglengenfeld, Germany; a sister, Sharon(Keith) Darst of Cedar Fall; 14 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Private services were held on May 4, with inurnment at the Greenwood Cemetery, Cedar Falls. A celebration of life was held at the Cedar Falls Eagles Club. Memorials can be directed to the family.

David E. Follett, 80 of Ammon, Idaho, formerly of Dewar, died at home on April 12, 2018. He was born November 26, 1937, in Dewar, son of Emert and Genevra (Smith) Follett. He graduated from Waterloo East High School, attended an apprenticeship through John Deere, and became a member of the National Guard. He went to work as a tool and die maker at John Deere. He then worked for Rocky Mountain Dental Association in Denver, Colorado, where he received a national award for his invention of spring attachment to braces. He eventually retired from Church & Dwight in Green River, Wyo. He is survived by his wife, Alice, four children, David (Carol) Follett, Debra (Fred) Phillips, Emert Follett, and Dawn (Geoff) Dean; 14 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Phyllis (Al) Hooper, Joyce Hall, and Ardith Chase. Proceeded in death by his parents; and a sister Charlene Geiger. No services were held by his request.

Karen Marie Robison, 73, died Thursday, April 19, 2018, with her sisters by her side at the Vinton Lutheran Home following a long illness. Karen was born September 29, 1944 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the daughter of George Raymond and Mary Catherine Gutenkauf Schoeberl. She was a 1962 graduate of Brandon High School and received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. On February 2, 1963, Karen was united in marriage with Dwayne Dale Robison at St. John Catholic Church in Independence, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 5, 2008. Karen worked in human services as a social worker, retiring in 2005. Karen was an active member of the Independence community, including St. John Catholic Church. She’d most recently been attending services at St. Mary Catholic Church in Urbana. She enjoyed gardening and ceramics, and she was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother. Karen is survived by two sons: Cletus (Gigi) Robison of Chino Valley, AZ; and Connor Robison of Independence; one brother Jery (Grace) Schoeberl of Pulaski, TN; two sisters Leanna Mraz of Winnebago, IL; and twin Karol (Chuck) Smith of Brandon; four granddaughters; one great-granddaughter; and sister-in-law Barb and Pat Schoebrel. Services were held at St. Mary Catholic Church in Urbana with Father Ardel Barta as Celebrant. Burial was held at the Brandon Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established.







Michael Guy Ferguson, 62, died unexpectedly Monday, May 14, 2018 at Virginia Gay Hospital in Vinton following an apparent heart attack. Michael was born October 3, 1955, in Vinton, Iowa, the son of Myron E. and Helen Aleta Irvin Ferguson. He graduated from Washington High School in Vinton in 1974.
Michael built houses for Stulken Construction from 1973 until 1976. He then began his career in law enforcement with the Central Iowa Special Police and later served as a reserve officer for Benton County from 1978 until 1979. He was hired as a full time deputy by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office in 1980 and was promoted to the position of Chief Deputy and Jail Administrator in 2004, a position he held until his death. He taught Defensive Driving to First Responders and had been an accident deconstructionist for the Midwest Area Traffic Accident Investigators (MATAI). He was a member of the Iowa State Sheriffs’& Deputies’ Association and the Benton County Peace Officers. Michael was a mentor to community youth, speaking at schools about peer pressure, drinking and driving, and making wise decisions behind the wheel and in life in general. He was known for his firearm proficiency. 
In 1981, Michael met Lori Lynn Vonderheide at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy while both were training to be deputies. They were united in marriage on May 1, 1982, in Vinton.
Later in life, Michael found another calling and began religious studies for his role as a Certified Lay Speaker, and he began filling in for pastors in 1997. He began working as Pastor at the Shellsburg Presbyterian Church and the Mt. Auburn United Methodist Church in March of 2013. He became a Local Licensed Pastor on July 1, 2017. He left Shellsburg in December of 2017, but added the Brandon, Garrison and Stewart Memorial United Methodist Churches in December of 2017, while continuing to serve his congregation in Mt. Auburn. He spent countless hours remodeling and working on the churches he served, including Wesley United Methodist Church, because he felt that churches should be physically accessible to all. 
Michael loved music, and he participated in the Cedar Rapids Follies for five years. He also supported his wife through her 24 years in the Follies and promoted her music, even moving a grand piano into her second story music studio in their home via crane. He acted as roadie and sound operator for the band UPSTAGE when the band “got back together” for RAGBRAI and Vinton’s Party in the Park.
He loved gardening, yard work, baking, cooking and trying new recipes, as well as spending time with his four-legged feline family. He traded construction favors with family and friends, earning the nickname, “Mikey the Mudder.”
Michael will always be remembered for living out his faith by the generosity and compassion he showed for others. He had a gift for relating the gospel to everyday life and everyday circumstances, inspiring those who heard him to accept and deepen their relationship with Jesus.
Michael is survived by his wife of 36 years, Lori, of Vinton; one brother, Patrick (Janet) Ferguson of Vinton; two sisters: Lorinda McCullough of Des Moines and Karen Rhinehart of Vinton; father-in-law Jerome Vonderheide of Lookout Mountain, GA; mother-in-law Estell (Larry Dolan) Torgerson of Vinton; brothers-in-law, Lee (Jeannie) Vonderheide of Cedar Rapids and Rolf (Kellie MacMinamen) Vonderheide of St. Augustine, FL; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a stillborn sister; and brother-in-law Tom McCullough.
Funeral services were held at the Vinton High School with honors provided by the Iowa State Sheriffs and Deputies Association. Burial was held at the Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton. A memorial fund has been established.




Peggy Sue James, 59 died Thursday, May 17, 2018.      Peggy Sue was born September 19, 1958 in Cedar Rapids.  She graduated from high school and received her teaching degree from Central College. Survivors include her husband, Jerry; son, Jerry Lee; daughter, Meghan; grandchildren, Jacob, Leeanne, Skylar and Noah; her sisters, Debbie Gates, Donna (Dennis) Dalecky and Penny (Brian) Cook; her nieces and nephews, Jeremy (Amanda) and Kristina Gates, Justin (Laura), Brandon (Lacy), Cody (Dawn) and Tannor Cook and Abbie (Roy) Dalecky; her aunts, Sylvia Nemecek and Carolyn Cook; ten great nieces and nephews; her former daughter-in-law, Dora Moses and numerous cousins. She was preceded in death by her mother and her nephew, Mathew Gates. Memorial Service was held at the Brandon Church of Christ.  Officiating:  Pastor Lenny Powers.  Memorials may be directed to the family.

Carol Ann Buck, age 73, of La Porte City, died Friday, June 1, 2018 at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo.

She was born August 4, 1944 in the family home near Brandon, Iowa, the daughter of John and Ethel (Purdy) Bolton.  Carol graduated from Brandon High School with the Class of 1962.  She was united in marriage with Robert Applegarth in June 1962 at Brandon United Methodist Church.  He preceded her in death in 1973.  She married Walter I. Buck on March 14, 1975 at Brandon United Methodist Church.

Carol and her husband Walter farmed for many years.  She had also worked at Tyson Fresh Meats in Waterloo.  She was a long time member of the United Methodist Faith. Survivors include her husband, Walter of La Porte City; 2 daughters, Amy (Rod) Marovets of Guttenberg, IA and Bobbi (Scott) Waller of Oskaloosa, IA; 4 stepchildren, Eric (Lisa) Buck of Independence, IA, Boyd (Roxanne) Buck of Cedar Rapids, IA, Loraina (Gary) Krop of La Porte City and Toby Buck of Cedar Rapids; 12 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren and a sister, Sharon Noe of Brandon. She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Robert; and a stepson, Lowell Buck. Funeral services were held at the Brandon United Methodist Church with burial following at the Brandon Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family.


Ralph “Keith” Bumgarner, 79, of Central City, Iowa, passed away Saturday, June 16, 2018, at the Anamosa Care Center, Anamosa. Keith was born February 19, 1939, in Olin, Iowa, the son of Frank and Ruby Bumgarner. He graduated from Dunkerton High School. On August 4, 1959, Keith married Betty Jean Seidel in Haven, Iowa. He was a dairy farmer for over 30 years in Tama and Coggon. Keith drove a grain truck for 20 years. He loved horses, riding in a lot of horse shows and training them for a good many years. He was a member of the Zion Presbyterian Church in Coggon. Keith enjoyed westerns and reading, especially books by Louis L’amour.
Keith is survived by his wife, Betty Jean Bumgarner of Central City; sons, Jerry (Teresa) Bumgarner of Solon, and Terry Bumgarner of Coggon; daughter, Peggy (Ray) Hugaert of Clarence; twelve grandchildren, Desi, Austin, Jenelle, Gina, Sarah, Dustin, Allison, Chad, Cody, Caleb, Ila, Keith; fifteen great-grandchildren; siblings, Dixie (George) Jones, Dyna Kay, Rocky (Barb) Bumgarner, and Darrin (Hope) Bumgarner.
He was preceded by his parents, Frank and Ruby Bumgarner; father and mother-in-law, Emil and Gertrude Seidel; daughter-in-law, JoAnn Bumgarner; granddaughter, Cindy Moore; and brothers, Jim Bumgarner and Bill Bumgarner. A private family burial will take place at a later date. A memorial fund has been established in Keith’s name.



Ruby (Jones) Bearbower, 104 died Sunday, June 17, 2018 at the Virginia Gay Nursing and Rehab Center in Vinton. Ruby Irene Jones was born August 6, 1913 in Garrison to Miles and Mabel (Schlarbaum) Jones.  She graduated from Brandon High School in 1931.  Ruby was united in marriage to Harry Bearbower on April 17, 1932, he preceded her in death on November 19, 1976.  Ruby was an avid Cubs fan and loved to crochet afghans and give them away to her family and friends.  She also tended to her garden until she was 97 and loved to play BINGO. Ruby is survived by her son, Bob (LaVon) Bearbower; three grandchildren, Tina Jochimsen, Titof (Angie) Aquice and Gary (Bev) Bearbower; nine great grandchildren, Ryan (Leanne) Huber, Melanie Jochimsen, Trent (fiancé, Maddie) Joschimsen, Gretchen (fiancé, Tommy) Aquice, Allison (Danny) Fritz, Wesley Aquice, Brandi Barber, Greg (Megan) Bearbower, Sarah (Jake) Mulligan; eleven great great grandchildren, Johnathyn and Reaghan Huber, Teresa Myers, Noah and Alexander Fritz, Patience (Mark) Bearbower, Ella Bearbower, Garron Barber, Kyngston, Emeril and Legand Mulligan and one great great great grandson, Kaden Moyer.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Earl; sister, Elsie Bauman; brother, Kenneth Jones and granddaughter, Jenise McDonald.

Funeral Services were held on Monday, June 25, 2018 at the Brandon United Methodist Church with Rev. Lexie Kirkpatrick officiating.  Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery.  A Memorial Fund has been established.  

Editor’s note:  Grandma Ruby, as she was known to many, had a generous soul. Ruby donated numerous hand-made afghans to the Brandon Area Community Club’s annual auction.  She also donated material to the local quilting club, Connie’s Quilters.  Ruby will be missed.

Area Firework Displays:


July 4th- Independence

July 7th- Troy Mills

July 21st- Hudson

July 28th- Walker

August 25th-  BOOMTOWN- Vinton

Donations to the Brandon Bee II:

Thank you Lavonne Henkel and Barb Larson for your generous donations to help with the cost of publishing our local paper. Without your support this would not be possible.

The deadline for the October, November, December issue of the Brandon Bee is due by September 15, 2018.  Please submit your information to the Brandon Bee to :

Denise: or 3326 Hamilton Ave., Rowley, IA 52329.

Teresa: or 3221 Dugan Ave., Brandon, IA 52210.

Complete issues of the Brandon Bee II will now be published on the Brandon Area Community Club’s website at