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Page 2 - The 1900's

1900 census Solomon Brees19001900 census Orange Twp., Douglas Co., MN - Solomen Brees (61), Sarah J. (58), Arthur P. (33), Zelotus F. (32), Rufus W. (23), Claude L. (16), Clyde E. (14) and Percy E. (11). Living next door to Charles & Ruby Cannon and Harry & Jeffry Brees and families. Solomen, Sarah J. and Rufus W. listed born NY, others born MN. Solomen & Sarah J. listed as married 35 years. Sarah listed as having 9 births with 8 children living at time of census. In 1901 they moved to the farm outside Grey Eagle, MN in Todd Co., MN
Farm at Grey Eagle, Todd Co., MN1910Solomon & Sarah Jane Brees lived in this house from 1901 until their deaths. Solomon died in 1921 & Sarah Jane died in 1922. They moved here when Percy was age 13.
1910 census Solomon Brees19101910 census Birchdale Twp., Todd Co., MN - Solomon E. Brees (70), Sarah J. (68), Arthur P. (43), and Percy E. (21). Solomon & Sarah listed as being married 44 years. Sarah listed as giving birth to 9 children with 8 living at time of census. Birchdale Twp was near Grey Eagle - the family referred to this location as living at Grey Eagle.
Arthur Brees Autograph1910

Grey Eagle Minn.
Jan. 9, 1910
Brother Clyde.
When you are far across the Sea
And your face I cannot see.
Just drop a line to a brother of thine.
To keep him in mind, of a brother so kind.
A. P. B.

Solomon Brees Autograph1910

Grey Eagle Minn
March 29th /10
My Son Clyde
Let truth and Justice
Our motto be
But when youre homesick
Think of me Dadd

Sarah Jane Thorn Brees Autograph1910GreyEagle Minn
March 29th / 10
To My Son Clyde
In all your travels Please remember me. the Mother that loves you, Mother
1917Married July 12, 1917 in Great Falls, MT. by Pastor Amund Lunde, who was a relative of Cornelia's. Pastor Lunde also baptized all of their children.
Breeston Post Office1919Percy Brees' house on his homestead was a Unites States post office from August 27, 1919 to October 30, 1920. It was in the county of Choteau, near the Teton Co., line. Percy wanted to name it Elwood, but there were already several by that name so the US Postmaster named it Breeston. To see the info on this post office listed at the website for USGS, do a search for Breeston at the USGS site.
Breeston postmark1920Postmark from Breeston Post Office, Breeston, MT, dated August 6, 1920.
Memorial card for Solomon E. Brees1921Solomon E. Brees died April 8, 1921 at Grey Eagle, Todd Co., MN.
Obit of Solomon E. BreesApril 1921Death of Solomon E. Brees (He died on April 08, 1921 Grey Eagle, Todd County paper )
Solomon E. Brees, a respected citizen of the community, and, since 1902 a resident of Birchdale Township, passed away at his farm home on last Friday morning. Mr. Brees had suffered for a number of years from asthma and while in failing health for some time was nevertheless able to be about and visit with his friends in the village until recently. Solomon E. Brees was born near Horse Heads, Chemung Co., N.Y., on May 4, 1839, his death occuring at 11 o'clock p.m. Friday. He was united in marriage at Erie, Penn., on Oct. 5, 1865 to Sarah J. Thorne who survives him. To this union there were nine children born being Arthur P. Brees, who has made his residence in the family home; Zelotus F. Brees of Libby, Mont.; Harry J. Brees, now residing at Osakis, Minn.; Mrs. Ruby M. Arnold of Los Angeles, Cal.; Claude L. and Clyde E. Brees of Grey Eagle,; Percy Brees of Choteau, Mont.; and a son Roy, who died at the age of 8 months and 27 days. Mr. and Mrs. Brees moved from N.Y. to Owatonna in the Spring of 1866 and during the year 1876 they returned to New York, and in 1878 settled in Douglas County, Minnesota, where they resided for some 23 years coming to Todd County and locating at their present home in 1902. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. A. Downing, pastor of the United Brethren Church of Grey Eagle. Interment was made at English Grove, Minnesota. The deceased during his long residence in Minnesota gained a wide acquaintance, and was one of those men who helped to develop the State and his beautiful rural home was the result of many days of labor and brought comfort to the members of his family and was shared by a devoted companion. The Gazette joins in extending sympathy to the bereaved ones.
CARD OF THANKS
We wish to thank our many friends who so kindly assisted us during our late bereavement. Mrs. Sarah J. Brees and family.
Homestead Land Patent1922Percy & Cornelia lived on the homestead following their marriage in 1917. The patent was granted after they had worked the homestead for 5 years. The patent was granted February 25, 1922.
Memorial card for Sarah Jane Thorn Brees1922Sarah Jane died January 6, 1922
1930 census Percy Brees1930

1930 census Great Falls, Cascade Co., MT, Ward 3, page 50A, census taken April 15, 1930
3120 Central, value of home $2500
Percy Brees, head, age 41, age at first marriage: 28, MN/NY/PA, laborer, smelter
Cornelia, wife, age 38, age at first marriage: 24, MN/MN/WI
Elwood, son, age 11, MT/MN/MN
Phyllis, daughter, age 9, MT/MN/MN
John, son, age 8, MT/MN/MN
Atlanta, daughter, age 5, MT/MN/MN
Virginia, daughter, age 1-11/12, MT/MN/MN
Two errors above. Percy's mother was actually born in Steuben Co., NY, not PA. Cornelia's mother was born in Mitchill Co., IA, not WI. For a closer view of this census, click here.

1930 City Directory Great Falls, MT19301930 City Directory for Great Falls, MT. Listing for Percy & Cornelia Brees, living at 3120 Central. Percy's occupation listed as stringer for Anaconda Copper Mining Co. (Listed as abbreviation ACMCo.)
3120 Central, Great Falls MT1940 approxPercy Brees built this house in 1926 and the family lived there until 1942.
Percy Brees obituary1951Percy died June 14, 1951 of a heart attack.

Percy Brees gravestone
1980Gravestones for Percy Brees, Cornelia Lunde Brees, and their son Elwood Brees.