Page 796-797, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.


L. N. Brooks, a progressive farmer and stockman of Prospect township, is a native of Missouri. He was born in Harrison county of that State; September 15, 1883, and is a son of G. W. and Jane (Willis) Brooks, both natives of Harrison county, Missouri. In 1884, when L. N. Brooks was one year old, the family came to Kansas, locating in Greenwood county, where they remained three years, when they went to Colorado, where the father was engaged about eighteen months in farming and stock raising. He then returned to Greenwood county and two years later, went back to Colorado. After spending two and a half years in Colorado, he went to Sedgwick county, Kansas, remaining there until 1907, when he came to Butler county, locating in Douglass township where he now has 320 acres of land, and is successfully engaged in farming and stock raising.

G. W. and Jane (Willis) Brooks were the parents of the following children: L. N., the subject of this sketch; Laura Ellen, resides at home; Arthur, Mulvane, Kans.; Jay, at home; Ervin, Ida and Wilbur, all at home.

L. N. Brooks remained at home and assisted his father until he was twenty-one years of age, when he engaged in farming on his own account in Sedgwick county, Kansas, and was thus engaged for three years when he went to Cowley county, remaining there two years, when he returned to Sedgwick and, after remaining there three years, went to Elk county. He remained there but a short time, however, when he went to Greenwood county and spent one season. He then came to Butler county and for a time lived southeast of Augusta, and in September, 1914, bought a 320 acre farm in Prospect township, where he is exten-


sively engaged in raising grain and alfalfa, and is also quite extensively interested in the cattle business. Besides his farm in Prospect township, he owns 240 acres in Greenwood county.

Mr. Brooks was married in 1906 to Miss May Winters, a native of Sedgwick county, Kansas, and a daughter of J. W. Winters who now resides in that county. The Winters family came from Illinois to Kansas and settled in Sedgwick county several years ago. To Mr. and Mrs. Brooks have been born five children, as follows: William Lloyd, Ernest Clyde, Neva Mildred, Everett Harold and Gerald Winters.

Mr. Brooks belongs to that type of young men who are destined to succeed in their undertakings. When he sees an opportunity, he recognizes it.

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