I was born and raised in Mentor, Missouri, an unincorporated town about seven miles east of Springfield. My maternal grandfather, William A. Bryant, and a son-in-law of his, each owned half-interest in the Bryant & Bradley General Store in Mentor. Grandfather also was a blacksmith at the store. The two of them drove a horse-drawn wagon to Springfield for supplies. The store had a post office until 1906.
I never knew my grandfather. He died in 1922 at the age of seventy-seven. He came from Illinois and