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    CHARLES A. BILLETT, a progressive and substantial citizen of Brandt, where he conducts a general mercantile business, is also associated with his sister, Miss Caroline E. Billett, in a general store at Miami City, of which he is half owner. Mr. Billett was born September 17, 1866, a native of Miami City, Ohio, and is a son of Rudolph and Sarah (Doggett) Billett.

    Mr. Billett attended school at Alcony until he was fifteen years of age. He then went into the country and worked on a farm until he was twenty-two years old, after which he spent one year in the capacity of salesman for a carriage and buggy firm, selling fruit trees as a side line. Again he turned his attention to farming, buying eighty acres of land in Illinois, but four years later sold out, in the meanwhile acquiring a farm of fifty acres which is situated near Miami City. This he sold in 1898, and became an active partner with his sister in merchandising, their combined enterprise resulting in the successful operating of two stores. Mr. Billett now is sole proprietor and owner of the Brandt store and be took up his residence at Brandt on March 12, 1900. He is an experienced merchant, having previously conducted a general store at Tippecanoe City and at Kessler Station, disposing of his interest at the latter point in 1899. He is a stockholder in the City Bank of Tippecanoe City and he owns a handsome residence and valuable store property at Brandt.

    Mr. Billett married Miss Wilda Fern Neal, a daughter of William and Martha Neal, and the have three children, Marie, Homer D. and Floyd E. He is a member of the Lutheran Church, and like his late father, early identified himself with the Democratic party . He is a member of the Odd Fellow's lodge at Brandt.

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