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With a clear knowledge of what lay before him as a practitioner of medicine in the country, realizing the laborious field of labor which he was about to enter, unavoidable exposure to all weathers and the long days and nights of continuous application that would be his portion, Dr. Harry V. Brown of Griswold entered upon the preparation of his professional work with ardor, and pursued it with industry and close attention, thus exhibiting a spirit of manliness in obedience to duty, and a courage which promised resources for every requirement. He was born on March 21, 1875, at Chariton, Lucas county, Iowa, and is the son of John L. and Esther A. (Templin) Brown, natives, the father of New Jersey, and the mother of Indians.

The father was a farmer and followed his plow in peace and contentment until the outbreak of the Civil War, when he enlisted in the Seventieth Indiana Infantry, which was soon placed under the command of General Benjamin Harrison, afterward President of the United States. At the battle of Resacca, Ga., on May 13, 1864, his right arm was shot away, in consequence of which he was soon afterward discharged from the service. He returned to his Indiana home, where he remained until 1867, when he came to Iowa and located in Lucas county. Some years later he was elected Auditor of the State, and such was his popularity and the excellence of his service, that at the end of his first term he was elected to a second. He afterward engaged in farming in Lucas county. For twelve years he edited and published the "Chariton Herald," one of the progressive and influential newspapers of that portion of the State. The father's death occurred in the summer of 1906. The family of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Brown comprised four sons and six daughters. Nine of these are living, the Doctor being the only one resident in Cass county. Peter Brown, the Doctor's grandfather, was a native of New Jersey, whence he moved to Iowa and later to Kansas, where he died.

The Doctor attended the public schools of his native county and passed a year in the academic department of Drake University. He then began the study of medicine, and, after due preparation, entered the medical department of Drake University, spending three years there and completing the course of professional training at Bennett Medical College, Chicago, from which he was graduated in 1902. He at once located at Griswold, and began a practice which has steadily increased in volume and value, and to which he has given unremitting and conscientious attention. He is a member of the county and State Medical Societies, the Odd Fellows, Modern Woodmen of America and Masonic lodges, and the M. E. Church. In 1901 he was married to Myrtle B. Elliot, a native of Union county, Iowa. They have two children, Agnes and Bertha.

From "Compendium and History of Cass County, Iowa." Chicago: Henry and Taylor & Co., 1906, pp. 277-278.

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