Jānis Brickmans, freedom fighter

Jānis Brickmans (Jānis Brikmans or perhaps Brinkmans) died July 5, 1907, and is buried in Gleason Cemetery

Jānis Brickmans (Jānis Brikmans or perhaps Brinkmans) died July 5, 1907, and is buried in Gleason Cemetery. Besides the Latvian church cemetery and the Gleason cemetery, Latvian immigrants are buried in at least one other cemetery in Lincoln County. On his gravestone, Brickmans is described as a fighter for the freedom of the Latvian people. According to the 1936 book Revolucionarās cīņās kritušo piemiņas grāmata, 1907-1917 (published 1936 in Moscow), Brickmans immigrated to the U.S. in 1902 and worked in a piano factory in Philadelphia. He later moved to Lincoln County, where on July 1, 1907, he was injured when a tree fell on him. Brickmans was treasurer of the Latvian socialdemocratic local. (Photo by Andris Straumanis)

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