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Title: John A. Bryant
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It is with marked satisfaction that the biographer adverts to the life of one who has attained success in any vocation requiring definiteness of purpose and determined action. Such a life, whether it be one of calm, consecutive endeavor or of sudden meteoric accomplishments, must abound in both lesson and incentive and prove a guide to young men whose fortunes and destinies are still matters for the future to determine. The subject of this sketch is distinctively one of the representative business men of Pine Village, Warren county, Indiana. For a number of years he directed his efforts toward the goal of success and by patient continuance in well doing succeeded at last in overcoming the many obstacles by which his pathway was beset.

John A. Bryant was born in Tippecanoe county, Indiana, on the 24th day of October, 1864, and is a son of William D. and Sarah (Routh) Bryant. William D. Bryant was born and reared in Ross county, Ohio, and came to Tippecanoe county, Indiana, in 1840. There he devoted himself to farming and cattle raising, in both of which he met with success. He was a well known and leading citizen of his community for many years. Politically, he was a Democrat, and was a German Baptist in religious faith. He was the father of nine children, namely: Ella, Leander, Tansey, John A., Manford, Maggie, Sarah, Cecil and Guy.

John A. Bryant was reared on the paternal farmstead and his education was received in the common schools of the locality. He then ran a blacksmith and repair shop at Clark's Hill, Tippecanoe county, for ten years, and in 1898 removed to Pine Village, Warren county, where he still resides and operates a large repair shop and also sells buggies. Mr. Bryant possesses practical mechanical ability of high order, and is the inventor of "The Lightning Bolter," a contrivance for putting nuts on the bolts of a wheel and which is a great time and labor saver.

Mr. Bryant has always taken a keen interest in the prosperity of Pine Village and he was instrumental in organizing the company that erected the brick block, in which he owns one two-story business room. Pine Village is one of the most wide-awake, hustling little towns in the county, the splendid improvement, good walks and other attractive features giving it a splendid reputation, and much of this enviable notoriety is due to the personal efforts of Mr. Bryant. He has served three years as president of the council, which consists of three members. He was also instrumental in organizing and is a director of the Pine Village Building and Loan Association, one of the large contributing elements to the village's success.

In 1888 Mr. Bryant was married to Zella A. Horney, daughter of John and Nancy (Smith) Horney. These parents were natives of Ohio who came to Indiana many years ago, settling in Tippecanoe county, where he successfully followed farming. They were the parents of seven children, namely: Samuel, William, Oliver and Albert, twins, Zella, Grant and John E. Mr. Horney was a Republican in politics and, religiously, was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. To Mr. and Mrs. Bryant have been born the following children: Earl D., Clare B., Snowy Pearl and Nancy Ola.

Politically, Mr. Bryant voices his sentiments at the ballot box by his earnest support of the Prohibition ticket in national elections, while in local affairs he votes for the best men, regardless of strict party lines. Religiously, he is a member of the Christian church, while his fraternal relations are with the Modern Woodmen of America. Mr. Bryant has many friends and is highly regarded in the community, of which he is a progressive and publicspirited member.

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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001074
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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