JOHN M. BRANT, head of the firm of J. M. Brant & Company, which is engaged in the machine business in Bushnell, McDonough County, Ill., was born in Hamilton, Ill., February 24, 1863. The mental training of his youthful years was received in the public schools of Quincy, Ill. Mr. Brant first applied himself to farm work, which he followed until he was eighteen years of age, when he went into the machine business. In 1899 he came to Bushnell and opened a shop and sales room, handling all kinds of heavy machinery. He deals in engines, threshers, clover-hullers, sowing machines and well drillers, besides doing the work of rebuilding and repairing. The plant furnishes employment for fifteen men, besides those who travel for the firm. Through the energy and ability of Mr. Brant, the firm has acquired a large volume of business, which is steadily increasing. In 1885, Mr. Brant was united in marriage with Lurinda D. Bennett, who was born and schooled at Sonora, Ill. Four children - Nellie, Ethel, Jennie Blanche and Bennett - resulted from this union. Mr. Brant's fraternal affiliation is with the K. of P.
Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907. Submitted by Joanne Scobee Morgan <[email protected]>