Pages 160-161, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




ROBISON LENT, a well known farmer within the vicinity of Bronson, and who resides upon the north-east quarter of section 28, township 24, range 21, Allen county, is a settler from Vernon county, Missouri. His birth occurred in Madison county, Indiana, March 5, 1854. His father, Chester Lent, was a farmer and was born in Pennsylvania in 1815. He left the east in early life and made his way westward through the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and into Vernon county, Missouri, where he died in 1858. He married Susanna Frasier who died in Allen county, Kansas, in 1883 at the age of sixty-seven years. Their children were: Elizabeth, wife of Richard Parmenter, of Fort Scott, Kansas; Nancy J., wife of Alexander Mayfield, of Bourbon county, Kansas; Maria, deceased, wife of W. W. Findlay, of Bourbon county, Kansas; Robison Lent, and Lewis Lent, who died in Bates county, Missouri, leaving a family.

Robison Lent grew up, from seven years of age, in Kansas. The


family came into Bourbon county in 1861 and remained there twenty years. Me received a country school education and was thrown upon his own resources at about sixteen years of age. He was a wage earner by the month for some time but farmed rented land as his first independent venture. Grain raising, with some stock as supplementary, is his forte and he is regarded as one of the reliable, trustworthy and liberal citizens of Marmaton township.

Mr. Lent was married in Bourbon county, Kansas, November 1, 1877, to Miss Belle West, a daughter of James R. West, a well-to-do and well known farmer of that county. The latter was a pioneer to Bourbon county and located there from the state of Arkansas. Mr. and Mrs. Lent's children are James Chester, Charles Walter, Bert Robison, Estella Jane, Thomas Homer, Orlie Belle, John Franklin and Clyde Leroy Lent.

The Lent political history is somewhat mixed. Our subject's father was a Democrat but his posterity are republican. A son, John W. Lent, served in the 5th Kansas, Company K, and died after two years of service during the war of the Rebellion. Robison Lent has no interest in politics beyond that of a citizen. A membership on the East Maple Grove school board comprises his record of office-holding.

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