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Brown, Frank C. 1848-1893


Posted By: Linda Ziemann, volunteer (email)
Date: 3/31/2008 at 17:54:31

The Sentinel
LeMars, Iowa
Thursday, August 17, 1893

Dr. Richey, of this city, was called to Elgin township last Tuesday to attend to the result of a terrible threshing machine accident. The victim was Frank Brown, well known hereabouts. He is the owner of a steam thresher and had just finished a setting and was about to couple the traction engine to the separator. The improved self feeding attachment is between the apron of the machine and the engine but there is not much space. In making the coupling steam was not reversed in time and Mr. Brown was caught between the engine and the machine. In coming together, the glass water gauge and stop-cock were broken off, which allowed the steam to escape against Mr. Brown and but it he was seriously burned. The great pressure of superheated steam literally boiled the front portion of his body. The case is not one of great danger, but is very painful.


Frank C. Brown, whose sad death was mentioned in this paper, was born in
DuPage county, Illinois, September 23, 1848, moved to Lee county, same state,
where he lived on a farm with his parents, Daniel and Adelaide J. Brown,
until February, 1865, when he enlisted in the 43rd Illinois Cavalry,
remaining to the end of the war, after which he accompanied his regiment to
the far west, engaged in Indian warfare. He was mustered out of service at
Springfield, Illinois, November 1865; returning home, he soon after married
Miss Jennie Hathaway. After residing in Illinois three or four years, he
moved to Ellsworth county, Kansas, and took up a homestead, where he resided
until he came to Seney, Plymouth county, in 1889.


Mrs. Frank C. Brown and family desire to return their sincere thanks to the
members of the Grand Army and to other friends who aided them during their
last sad bereavement, and for the many attentions shown to Mr. Brown during
his last days of life.

~Source:LeMars Sentinel, August 28, 1893

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