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Brown, Arthur (1838-1905)


Posted By: Linda Linn (email)
Date: 3/6/2011 at 12:44:58

LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel

One of the Old and Respected Citizens
of LeMars Called to His Reward.

Arthur P. Brown one of the best known and most highly respected citizens of LeMars, died suddenly at his home on the corner of Eagle and Tremont Streets, on Tuesday morning
shortly after nine o'clock. The news of his death was received with sincere regret and many tributes were paid to his life and memory by old friends. Mr. Brown had been down town as usual the day before in the afternoon and chatted and visited with his friends and remarked
that he was feeling better than for some time past. He was taken sick on Tuesday evening with an acute attack of indigestion and a physician was called in to treat him and gave him relief. About three o'clock in the morning he had another attack and the doctor was called up to see
him and treat him relieving the pain. On awakening about seven Mr. Brown felt better but at nine o'clock he had another attack which proved fatal. His death was due to acute intestinal
colic. He had been subject to these attacks and also suffered from other internal trouble.

Arthur Peers Brown was born at Verona, New York, on April 30, 1838, and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. David Brown. He was descended from a family who have lived in America for generations, tracing back their descent to some of the earliest settlers of New England. David Brown was a contractor. He lived until a good old age dying in LeMars in 1889 and his wife in 1899.

When Arthur Brown was a boy twelve years old his parents moved to Rockford, Ill., where his education was completed and he grew to man's estate. In response to the country's call for men during the civil war he enlisted as a private in Company K seventy-fourth Illinois, was promoted to sergeant and served until he was honorably discharged in October 1864 being incapacitated for further service by the terrible wounds he had received. He had his right leg shot off while on skirmish duty at the battle of Lookout Mountain. On leaving the army he returned to Rockford, IlI., where he was city collector for two years.

He was twice married. On June 25 1867, he was united in marriage with Sarah A Warner, who died in March 1868. On January 27. 1870, he was united in marriage with Josephine A. Warner, a daughter of Walter Warner, of Roscoe, Ill., at Janesville, Ill. She with five children survives
him. They are Clifford A.. Claude S., Mrs. J. Simpson, Mary Elizabeth, and Fred W. Brown. The children with the exception of Miss Brown live in St. Paul.

In the month of May 1872. Mr. Brown and his family moved to LeMars and this has been their home since. On his arrival here Mr. Brown engaged in the livery business, and since then engaged in various occupations, conducting a dairy business, a butcher shop, and latterly was in the land and insurance business. For the past few years he had retired from active business life. During his lifetime Mr. Brown held many positions of trust. He was councilman in the
early days when LeMars first became an incorporated town and also filled the office of justice of the peace at one time. Under the presidency of General Harrison he was postmaster of LeMars for four years. In 1895 he was elected mayor of the city after a hotly contested election. Mr. Brown filled these positions with credit to himself and the city. In character he was modest unassuming and gentle, clean minded and a born gentleman and it is no exaggeration to say that he commanded the universal respect of the community in which he lived so long. His home life was ideal, his friendship something to be prized, and justness and absolute fairness characterized his dealings with all men. He suffered greatly at times from the effects of wounds received in the service of his country but his suffering only made him the more patient with
others. Although somewhat reticent his manner inspired confidence, and a warm heart was concealed under his quiet demeanor.

The funeral was held on Thursday afternoon at the residence, Rev. J. R. Blanchard, pastor of the
Congregational church officiating and was attended by a very large number of friends and citizens.

The pall bearers were P. F. Dalton, A. A. Alline, W. S. Freeman, Levi Bixby, I. S. Struble
and L T. Martin. Services at the grave were conducted by the members of Mower Post G. A. R. of which the deceased was a member.

Clifford and Fred Brown. Mr. and Mrs. J. Simpson, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Brown and S. G. Iverson, of St. Paul, came down to attend the funeral. Mrs. L. K. Bowman, of Goldendale. Wash, is the only surviving sister of the deceased.

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