Brown Mausoleum

A Fine Mausoleum

Material is being received in Parkersburg and transported to the cemetery on the farm owned by Mrs. J. P. Brown in Beaver township with which to build a marble mausoleum to be used as a private burial place for members of the family.

The tomb will be constructed of white vermont marble and will weight over one hundred tons when completed. A foundation constructed of solid rock and concrete seven feet deep has been built on which the Mausoleum will rest. The structure contains six burial apartments. Its cost is between four and five thousand dollars and undoubtedly will be one of the finest private mausoleums in either Butler or Grundy counties. It will occupy a sightly space on top of a hill which will make it visible for miles around.

It will be a beautiful piece of work. An Iowa Falls firm has the contract for constructing the building and it will be pushed to completion as fast as it will be possible to do so.

--Grundy County Democrat (Grundy Center, Iowa), 28 July 1910, pg 3 (Beaver)

Ray Brown who has worked for W. F. Schultz during the summer, has returned home and is now assisting at the construction of the mausoleum as is also Milf Milfs.

Work of construction has commended on the Brown mausoleum. The outside wall will be about finished by the end of this week. But in all it will require at least two more weeks of work to complete the structure. Quite a crowd was at the cemetery Sunday viewing the sights.

--Grundy County Democrat (Grundy Center, Iowa), 18 August 1910, pg 8 (Beaver)

Work is slowly progressing on the Brown mausoleum, it will nearly require all of this week to complete the outside work. The interior work will be still more particular.

--Grundy County Democrat (Grundy Center, Iowa), 25 August 1910, pg 8 (Beaver)

Work was again resumed on the erection of the Brown mausoleum Monday. It is expected to be completed in about two weeks. A crowd of about fifty people were at the cemetery Sunday afternoon to view the structure.

--Grundy County Democrat (Grundy Center, Iowa), 8 September 1910, pg 8 (Beaver)

An auto load of young people from here went to look at the Brown mausoleum.

--Grundy County Democrat (Grundy Center, Iowa), 15 September 1910, pg 3 (Buck Grove)

The Brown mausoleum is nearing its completion. Six auto loads of Parkersburg people were down last Wednesday evening to view the structure.

--Grundy County Democrat (Grundy Center, Iowa), 15 September 1910, pg 8 (Beaver)

The Brown mausoleum was completed last week. Mr. Brown is doing some more cement work.

--Grundy County Democrat (Grundy Center, Iowa), 29 September 1910, pg 3 (Beaver)

The Brown mausoleum still seems to have its share of attraction, an exceedingly large crowd being at the cemetery Sunday afternoon.

--Grundy County Democrat (Grundy Center, Iowa), 3 November 1910, pg 6 (Beaver)

The Brown mausoleum in the Lutheran cemetery was badly damaged by lightning week ago Sunday evening. It is being repaired by workmen from Iowa Falls.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 26 July 1934, pg 4

This photo is from the 1911 Grundy Co. Atlas and was taken shortly after completion of the mausoleum.

This is a postcard photo and likely from the 1920's.

The mausoleum as it looks today. Unfortunately the mausoleum has been vandalized in the past which took its toll on the beauty of the structure.

The inscription above the door reads - To The Memory Of Our Loved Ones - By Mary Janisch Brown