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Walter Robert Brant, deceased, was an enterprising and successful farmer of Robinson township, Brown county. By his death, which occurred in 1896, the community lost one of its valued and representative citizens. His father, William Brant, was born in Nassau, Germany, in 1823. Having arrived at years of maturity he wedded Sarah Schoen, whose birth occurred in Alsace-Lorraine. Their marriage, however, took place in Huron county, Ohio, where the father carried on agricultural pursuits for many years. On heaving the Buckeye state he came to Kansas, locating in Brown county, where he and his wife are still living. This worthy couple became the parents of three children: Walter R.; Mary, the wife of George Morley, of Highland, Kansas; and Addie, the wife of Fred Pierce, of Missouri.

Walter R. Brant was born in Huron county, Ohio, February 3, 1859, and pursued his education in the country schools of that locality. He then began work as a farm hand in Ohio and was thus employed until his removal to Kansas, about the time when he attained his majority. He also worked as a farm hand in this state for a time, until he was enabled to begin farming for himself. When he had acquired some capital he purchased a quarter-section of hand in Brown county and successfully carried on farming until the time of his death. He was industrious and energetic and his business ability enabled him to acquire a handsome competence. In 1895 he erected in Robinson a modern and commodious residence, which is now occupied by his parents and his widow.

On the 9th of March, 1886, Mr. Brant was united in marriage to Miss Lizzie Streib, a daughter of George Streib, who was one of the leading farmers of Wolf River township, Doniphan county. Four children blessed their union, but George, the eldest, is now deceased. The others are Myrtie, who was born in 1888; John, born in 1891; and Mary, born in 1895.

Mr. Brant was a man of strong purpose and of great activity in business. Indolence and idleness were utterly foreign to his nature and it seemed that he could not do too much to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of his family. For several months prior to his death he suffered from stomach trouble and on the 6th of April, 1896, his life's labors were ended. He had the respect of all who knew him and his death was therefore deeply mourned. Mrs. Brant with her children and her parents occupy their pleasant home in Robinson, highly esteemed by her many friends there.