The genial and accommodating postmaster of Doniphan is Anton Braun, who was appointed to his present position in October, 1897. He has for some years been connected with the mercantile interests of this place and is one of the worthy citizens that Germany has furnished to Kansas. He was born in Bavaria on the 7th of July. 1848, and is a son of John and Apolonia (Bauer) Braun. The parents died in Germany when our subject was about fourteen years of age, and when a young man he came to the new world, making his way to Kansas, where he entered the employ of Adam Brenner, acting as the foreman of his vineyard for some years. Subsequently, with the capital which he had acquired through his own efforts, he embarked in merchandising and for many years has been a leading representative of commercial interests in Doniphan. He has to-day a well-stocked general store, supplied with everything found in his line, and as the result of his straightforward dealing and resolute purpose he has acquired a very liberal patronage. He also owns a well-cultivated farm of one hundred and seventy-five acres located near Doniphan, and his income is materially increased by the returns from that property.
In 1876 occurred the marriage of Mr. Braun and Miss Mary Biebel, who was born in Bavaria, Germany, and is a daughter of John and Mary Biebel. Both parents are now deceased, the father having departed this life in Germany, while the mother's death occurred in St. Louis, Missouri. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Braun have been born five children: Mrs. Kate McCoy, who is living in Doniphan county; John, Andrew, Anna and Mamie. In his political Views Mr. Braun is a Republican and is recognized as one of the active workers in the ranks of the party in this locality. He has served for five years as a member of the central committee from his township and his efforts are directed along lines which contribute to the success and growth of his party. He is also a member of several fraternal societies and is accounted one of the representative men of the community, enjoying the respect of people of all classes.
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