Saturday, June 2, 2012

Judge John B Bryant

Judge John B. Bryant, a well known citizen of Cypress Township, and a native of this county was born in Bethany, Missouri, August 20, 1870, the son of Joseph F. and Rhoda J. (Minnis) Bryant, both deceased. Joseph Bryant was born in Indiana in 1841 and came to Bethany when nine years of age with his father, Stephen Bryant, who eventually located in Cypress Township, where he lived until his death. Joseph Bryant was at one time prosecuting attorney of this county, also judge of the county court, and was also probate judge. He was widely known in the county. He died in January, 1917 and he and his wife ai-e buried at Bethany, Missouri. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bryant were the parents of the following chil- dren: John B., the subject of this sketch; Mrs. Cora B. Neal of St. Joseph, Missouri ; S. 0. of Bethany, Missoui-i ; Mrs. Pauline Martin of Los Angeles, California; Joseph of Los Angeles, California; Mrs. Lizzie Reed of Wash- ington; William P., of Bethany; Mrs. Elsie Endsley, George, Bertram and Howell, all of California. The first three children were by Mr. Bryant's first marriage, and the remainder were by his second marriage to Anna E. Robinson. John B. Bryant was educated in Bethany, Missouri schools and at Woodland College at Independence, Missouri. He began farming in Cy- press Township, after his education, and later moved to Bethany and engaged in the gi'ocery business for five years. He was elected county judge and served two terms, from 1904 to 1908, and lived on the fai-m while holding this office. Mr. Bryant is living on his farm of 377 acres, five miles south of Bethany on the Gallatin, county seat road. This is HISTORY OP HARRISON COUNTY 631 an excellent farm, with fine improvements, including two residences, five barns, etc. Mr. Bryant was married in 1890 to Carrie E. Howell, a daughter of Judge John C. Howell foraner circuit judge of this district. She was bom in Bethany, and received her education here. Mr. and Mrs. Bryant have two children: Marie, the wife of Ray Webb of St. Louis, Missouri, who is in the express business; and Helen, a graduate of the Bethany High School of class 1921, and who lives with her parents. The Bryant family are interesting and substantial citizens of Harri- son County.

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