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Title: Walter Brutus
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Prominent among the younger generation of farmers who have contributed to the material prosperity of Warren county is the well known and enterprising gentleman whose name appears at the head of this sketch. Walter Brutus is a native of Warren county, and the older of two children, whose parents, Henry and Clara (May) Brutus, have been life-long residents of this part of the state and who now live in the township of Warren, where the father is a well-to-do farmer and large land owner. The subject was born in the above township on the place where he now resides on December 13, 1886. His early years were spent amid the active duties which are the necessary accompaniment of rural life, and while still a youth he learned the meaning of hard work and how to place a proper value upon the same. During the fall and winter months he attended the old Bunker Hill school in Warren township, where he laid the foundation of an education which was subsequently completed in the Northern Indiana Normal University at Valparaiso, where he took the full classical course and earned an honorable reputation as a student.

Mr. Brutus is not of the large and rather narrow minded class that believes intellectual training to be inimical to farm labor. On the contrary his idea, which is the correct one, is that education should better fit one for the proper cultivation of the soil and that the more the mind is trained the greater the agriculturist appreciates the honor and dignity of this the noblest calling in which mankind ever engaged. At one time he contemplated engaging in educational work, and to this end took the necessary examination and secured a teacher's license, but his services being required on the farm he did not carry his intention into effect. On leaving the university Mr. Brutus returned home and took charge of the family homestead, a splendid farm of two hundred and sixty acres, which he has since managed with marked success and of which he and his father are joint proprietors. Without invidious comparison it may be safely asserted that the above farm is one of the finest and best improved in Warren township and among the most valuable in the county. No reasonable means have been spared in its development and in making it, in all the term implies, a beautiful and attractive rural home.

As a farmer, fully abreast of the times and in close touch with agricultural science as now taught in the leading colleges and universities of the country, Mr. Brutus stands in the frong rank and his career thus far presents a series of successes which give him prestige as a master of his calling and bespeak for him a bright and prosperous future. Being still young and in the prime of vigorous physical and mental manhood, he bids fair to rise to an enviable place among his contemporaries, not only as a leading agriculturist, but also as an intelligent, wide-awake citizen who takes broad views of men and affairs.

Mr. Brutus is a married man and the head of a happy household, the presiding spirit of which is the lady who now so worthily bears his name and who so efficiently co-operates with him in the promotion of their mutual interests and welfare. Mrs. Brutus was formerly Clara McFerren, daughter of William and Ella (Dropper) McFerren, of Warren county, the marriage being blessed with three children, Nellie, Tiny and Lela, all bright and imteresting children and adding light and joy to the home circle. The subject and wife are respected members of the United Brethren church and stand high in the esteem of their many neighbors and friends.

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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: 00001127
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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