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Hans H. Brown


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 11/10/2011 at 10:32:53

HANS H. BROWN. A perusal of this volume will reveal many sketches of honored and influential citizens who have resided in this part of Iowa for many years, but none among them is more worthy of mention than that of Mr. Brown, who is a true type of the natives of Denmark. He was born in that country January 17, 1847, and has been a resident of Grundy County for the past nineteen years, and now owns a valuable estate comprising ninety-seven and three-fourths acres located on section 2, Grant Township.

Christian and Meta Brown, who were the parents of our subject, were natives of Denmark, and died when he was a lad of six years. Hans H. was reared by strangers, and after remaining with one family four years he found another place, which was his home until reaching his sixteenth year. In the meantime he worked out as a farm hand, receiving as remuneration for his services the paltry sum of $35 per year.

Hans H. Brown was the third child in order of birth in a family of six children, his brothers and sisters being Nis, Christian, Anna, Mary and Christina. Christian and our subject are the only members who made their way to the United States. In 1872, our subject decided to come to America, and after residing in New Jersey for a few months, came west to Iowa, and for some time was employed in a sawmill and pork-packing establishment in Jackson County.

In 1872 Mr. Brown was married in the above county to Miss Fredericka Deathlefsen. Soon after their union, the young couple moved upon a farm. This our subject rented and here they made their home until coming to Grundy County, about nineteen years ago. His first location here was in Fairfield Township, where he was a renter for a time. He then invested his savings in the farm where he now lives.

To Mr. and Mrs. Brown has been born a family of four children: Christian, Mary, Henry and Anna Nettie. Our subject is a member of the Danish Lutheran Church, and his family occupies a high position socially and ranks among the prominent people in Grundy County. In politics he votes with the Democratic party and always gives his aid and influence for the promotion of every enterprise which will benefit the community.

Portrait and Biographical Record
of Jasper, Marshall and Grundy Counties, Iowa


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