A Twentieth century history and biographical record of Crawford County, Kansas, by Home Authors; Illustrated. Published by Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, IL : 1905. 656 p. ill. Transcribed by staff and students at Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas.

1905 History of Crawford County Kansas


Edward J. Brazil, county commissioner and farmer of Grant township, has himself made a most creditable record in connection with the various public and private affairs which have engaged his attention, and is also well known as being a son of one of the county's old and distinguished citizens.

Mr. Brazil was born in Pettis county, Missouri, March 9, 1868, being a son of Thomas and Johanna Brazil. His father came to this county at an early day in its history, and has been a prosperous and progressive farmer for many years. In 1882 the town of Brazilton was named in his honor, and he still resides at that place. His wife died February 18, 1897.

Mr. E. J. Brazil was reared in this county and received his education in the public schools. He began farming when twenty years old, and in 1894 he bought his present farm of one hundred and sixty acres, all of which he has placed under the best of improvements and made very valuable property. In November, 1900, he was elected to his present office of county commissioner, and thereby being honored in two ways: first, that he was the first county commissioner elected from Grant township, and, second, that he was the youngest man ever elected, in Crawford county, to this important administrative office.

Mr. Brazil affiliates with the Modern Woodmen of America and the A. H. T. A., and in politics is a Republican. He and his wife are members of the Catholic church. He was married, January 8, 1889, to Miss Celestina LaForge, of Crawford county. They have nine children, all living but one: Mary, in school; William, in school; Edward, Gust, Harry, Ella, Fred, and Joseph, the youngest.