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Biographies of Buchanan County Residents:

Charles W. Brown

Transcribed by Danielle Thompson

From the History of Buchanan County and the City of St Joseph and Representative Citizens


CHARLES W. BROWN, deceased, whose portrait accompanies this sketch, was prominently identified with the real estate interests of St. Joseph, Missouri, for a quarter of a century. Mr. Brown was born in 1857 in Washington County, Ohio, where his early life was passed and his education secured. He died January 13, 1901, at his home in St. Joseph.

When Mr. Brown came to this city about 1876, he selected the real estate line as the one most promising to his business point of view and he lived to realize his ambitions, the city having developed along the paths he foresaw, miles of streets having been added to her jurisdiction and more and more adjacent territory having been absorbed from year to year. In this prosperity he was a prominent factor and for 25 years gave his attention to enhancing the values of real estate in this locality and in promoting the establishment here of some of the city's greatest industries. For a time he was associated with the late J. M. Hall, but more recently with his brother, George Brown, under the firm Brown & Brown, with offices at Fourth and Francis streets.

Mr. Brown was married on June 16, 1880, to Sallie R. Rogers, a daughter of James W. Rogers and a member of a prominent Kentucky family. He is survived by Mrs. Brown and by three children,-- Fay, Hazel and Roland; as well as by three brothers, viz: George, his late partner, John, an insurance agent, and William W., who is in the real estate business. The family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Mr. Brown was fraternally connected with King Hill Lodge No. 19, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; Pocahontas Tribe, Improved Order of Red Men; and Camp No. 3044, Modern Woodmen of America. The imposing funeral services were conducted from the Brown family residence, No. 608 North 24th street, St. Joseph, by the Odd Fellows, attended by the members of the other fraternities. His record is one which has only reflected a credit upon his city and he left to his family a name and fame unblemished.