Cottonwood County MN Biographies--Silas Allen Brown
"History and Biography of Minnesota, 1915"



SILAS ALLEN BROWN. A native son of Cottonwood County, Minnesota, Silas Alien Brown, although still a young man, has long taken an active participation in its affairs, and the high esteem in which he is held by his fellow-citizens was indicated in the elections of 1914, when he was chosen to fill the important post of county auditor, for a term of four years. Like many others who have achieved distinction in public life here, Mr. Brown is a product of the farm, having been born on his father's homestead in Great Bend Township, August 19, 1881, a son of John A. and Edith C. (Allen) Brown.

The Brown family was founded in the United States by the grandfather of Silas A. Brown, John Brown, a native of Ayrshire, Scotland, who in 1853 emigrated to this country with his family and settled in La Crosse County, Wisconsin, as a pioneer farmer. With native thrift and industry he worked hard, established a home for his family, and was successful in the accumulation of a moderate competence. John A. Brown, son of the progenitor and father of Silas Allen Brown, was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, in 1839, and was fourteen years of age when he accompanied the family to the United States. He grew up as a farmer, and continued to be his father's assistant until the outbreak of the Civil war, when in 1861 he joined the Second Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Cavalry, an organization with which he continued faithfully until peace was declared between the North and the South. Returning to La Crosse County, Wisconsin, he continued there until 1878, in which year he removed to Great Bend Township, Cottonwood County, Minnesota, and took up his residence on a farm. In 1891, having been elected county auditor, he moved his residence to Windom, and served one term in that office. He was again elected in 1900 and served until 1910, and for the following two years lived retired, but in 1912 was elected a member of the board of county commissioners and still continues in that capacity. He is widely and favorably known in business and political circles and has the high esteem and regard of those with whom he has been thrown in contact Mr. Brown married Miss Edith C. Allen, who was born in Allamakee County, Iowa, and three children have been born to this union: Silas Allen, of this review; Eugene R., who is the cashier of a bank at Greenwood, Wisconsin; and Lucy E., who resides at Windom, with her parents.

Silas Alien Brown attended school in Great Bend Township until reaching the age of ten years, at which time the family moved to Windom, and there he enrolled as a student of the public schools. His graded course was followed by a high school term, and this was followed by attendance at Wilder College, where he took a business course. Leaving this institution in 1901, at the age of twenty years he entered the lumber business in the offices of the John W. Tuthill Lumber Company, at Windom, where he remained three years. In 1904 he became deputy county auditor, under his father, an office which he has held continuously until November 3, 1914, when he was elected county auditor for a term of four years. Politically a republican, he has taken an active part in the success of his party in Cottonwood County, but at all times has placed his community's interests first. He is serving as chief of the Windom Fire Department, a capacity in which his executive ability is greatly appreciated. Mr. Brown has a number of business connections.

Mr. Brown's religious connection is with the Baptist Church, of which he is at present trustee. Fraternally, he holds membership in Prudence Lodge, No. 97, A. F. & A. M.; Windsor Chapter No. 48, R. A. M.; Lodge No. 108, I. O. O. F., of which he is past noble grand, the Encampment, of which he is past chief patriarch, the Rebekahs and the Canton of Odd Fellowship; Lodge No. 83, Ancient Order of United Workmen, of which he is master workman; Lodge No. 2313, Modern Woodmen of America; the Royal Arcanum, and the Order of the Eastern Star.

Mr. Brown was married at Windom, in 1907, to Miss Geneva I. Noble, daughter of David A. Noble, a retired farmer of Windom, and to this union there have been born two boys: Robert A., who is attending the public schools; and Stuart C.