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A History of Kentucky and Kentuckians. The Leaders and Representative Men in Commerce, Industry and Modern Activities. By E. Polk Johnson, Volume III, Illustrated. The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago-New York, 1912.
GUS ARTSMAN BROOKS, secretary of the Burley Tobacco Society, with offices in Lexington, Kentucky, was born at Covington, Kentucky, August 8, 1867, a son of Thomas and Angy Brooks, who, advanced in life, are living at Carlisle, Nicholas county. Gus. A. Brooks was reared and educated in his native city and became an expert accountant. For a time he was employed by a bank at Covington, then went to the Third National Bank of Cincinnati, where he remained about fourteen years. During the past four years he has devoted himself to the affairs of the Burley Tobacco Society.
In 1895 Mr. Brooks married Miss Mary Scott, who was born at Mays Lick, Mason county, a daughter of Samuel and Mary (Duke) Scott, a pioneer preacher of the Christian church, who lived and preached at Mays Lick, where he passed away in April, 1859, aged seventy years. He gave his life to the cause of education and was from time to time a member of the faculties of various academic and collegiate institutions. He located in Caldwell county, Missouri, before the Civil war and returned to Mays Lick, remained there seven years, including the war period, then went back to Missouri and died at Breckenridge in 1888, aged about sixty years. Mary Duke, who became the wife of Samuel Scott and the mother of Mrs. Brooks, was a daughter of Dr. Basil C. Duke, who came to Mason county a young man, married Lemira Mitchell, and practiced his profession at Mays Lick until his death, which occurred in August, 1883, except for four years, when he as a surgeon in the Confederate army, serving under General Morgan. Mrs. Scott died at an advanced age at Breckenridge, Missouri, in 1902. Mrs. Brooks is one of ten children, all of whom are living, eight of them Lick, Kentucky. [sic]. From childhood Mrs. Brooks made her home with Mr. and Mrs. John T. Wilson, at Mays Lick, where Mrs. Wilson is living at this time. A biographical sketch of Mr. Wilson will be found following this.
Mr. Brooks is a man of much public spirit, who gladly does his full share in work and in monetary contributions to further any cause which in his opinion promises good to the community. Politically he affiliates with the Republican party, especially when national issues are to be considered. He is a Knight Templar Mason, a member of a Covington commandery. Ms. Books is a member of the Christian church.