For fifty years Isaac Henry Brokaw was a station agent and telegrapher for the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad at
various locations in Iowa. He began his lengthy career in 1895 as a station helper in Rolfe, Iowa and was promoted to relief
man shortly after. At Tara, Iowa he was a telegrapher for both the Rock Island and the Illinois Central. In 1898, he was
appointed agent at Mallard, and moved to Gowrie on the Rock Island's Sibley Branch in 1899. In May 1901, Brokaw went to
Gilmore City. In 1905, he was appointed division relief agent for the Des Moines Valley Division. From 1906 to 1908 he was
an agent-operator at Manson and also Bonaparte. Brokaw attended the Gem City Business College and Institute of Shorthand
and Typewriting and Normal Penmanship in Quincy, Illinois, where he won a medal. In September 1910, Brokaw came to Pocahontas
from Keosauqua, where he remained station agent and telegraph operator until his retirement. An active member of the Order
of Railroad Telegraphers throughout his career, Mr. Brokaw was the first ORT member of Division 35. Even after his retirement
in 1936, he remained active in the Order.
Mr. and Mrs. Brokaw had three daughters. Mr. Brokaw served on the Finance Committee of the Methodist Episcopal Church in
Lake Park, Iowa for over twenty years. During his active retirement he enjoyed many trips by train, operated a rail travel
service, investigated his own family genealogy and researched the pioneer railroads of Iowa.
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