Charles Brown was born in England, on the 1st of July, 1849, and when four years of age, he came with his parents to America. They located in southern Wisconsin, staying but a short time, and then removed to Juneau county, same State, where Charles remained until 1869, when he came to Cass county, Iowa, and made his home for over ten years with William Peters, one of the pioneers of this county. He purchased a farm in Grant township, and made many improvements, which has made his farm a beautiful place. His marriage occurred on the 26th of December, 1880, to Enphemia Bangham, of Ohio, but when quite young, went to Poweshiek county, Iowa, and was there reared. Mr. and Mrs. Brown have been blessed with two children--Bessie M., born October 20, 1881, and Charles, born on November 13, 1882, and died February 17, 1883. Mr. Brown was taken from his family on the 6th of February, 1883, after lying for seven months, a helpless invalid, owing to a stroke of paralysis. He was buried in the Evergreen cemetery of Anita. All who knew this honorable and worthy gentleman were grieved on hearing of his death, for he was always looked upon as one of their best friends and neighbors. His family mourn their loss, and are sympathized with by their many friends. Mr. Brown was a member of the Congregational church, and his generosity and faithful adherence to duty and justice, were marked features of his character.
Contributed by Lisa Varnes-Rex from "History of Cass County, Iowa. Together With Sketches of its Towns, Villages and Townships, Educational, Civil, Military and Political History: Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Old Settlers and Representative Citizens." Springfield, Ill.: Continental Historical Company, 1884, pg. 691-692.