Joe and Janie Antoinette Brown
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Nettie and Joe Brown
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Birth Date:   Jan 23, 1894      Birth Date:   Dec 5, 1891
Death Date:   1995       Death Date:   Aug 10, 1967



Janie Antoinette "Nettie" Brown was born Jan. 23, 1894 in Denton to Erastus Cornelius and Alice Brown. In 1899 they moved to Fisher Co. near Roby, then in 1901, they made the big move to Crosby Co. E.C. and Bob, Nettie´s older brother, leased grassland and drove the cattle to Emma, then went back for the family.

Nettie´s first memories are of the long ride by covered wagon with her family, which had grown to include a younger brother, Kimbrough, and two sisters, Lillie and Bernice. Their first home was a tent pitched in the yard of the Methodist minister. She remembers carrying water by bucket from the well at the R.N. Martins (parents of Lena Martin Bonine). They lived in the tent until a rent house was available, then later built a house in Emma. Another sister, Ruby, was born in 1903.

Nettie went to school at Emma and helped her mother with the children. In 107, her mother was elected post mistress of Emma and in 1911 they all moved with the post office to Ralls. In 1914, Nettie attended Tyler commercial college and moved to post to work for "The Double U," a land and business development company.

She was a beautiful young lady and caught the eye of a young man, also working at the Double U Company. He was Joseph Henry Brown, born Dec. 5, 1891, to Mr. and Mrs. James B. Brown of Duffau near Cleburne. He attended public school at Stamford and went to Austin to business school before moving to Post to work.

Joe and Nettie were married at Ralls Presbyterian church in 1916, worked in Post for awhile, then moved to Ralls where Joe was employed at Bird and Dean. He later worked at Security State Bank in Ralls and at the bank of Lorenzo. In 1924, they moved to Crosbyton, where for five years Joe operated Brown motor Company, Ford agency in Crosbyton.

Three daughters were born to this union: Muriel Antoinette, born June 29, 1918; Alice Marguerite, born Nov. 8, 1919; and Norma Gene, born Dec. 26, 1921. Muriel graduated from high school in Ralls and attended Texas Tech in Lubbock and San Angelo Jr. College. In San Angelo, she met and married August H. Lehman. They live in Natchez, Miss., and have two daughters, Elaine and Jean.

Marguerite went to school in Ralls, attended Texas Tech and in 1938, married Estral McElroy. They have five children: Don, Jonette, Laura, Stanley and Lee Ann. They live on a farm south of Ralls.

Norma attended school in Ralls, then went to business school in Fort Worth. She married a young soldier from Beaumont named Thomas Edward Garrett, Jr. "Red". They reared four children, Tommy, Nancy, Bob, and Judy. Red died in December, 1972. Norma lives in Beaumont, 1977.

Joe and Nettie lived in several towns in West Texas, then moved to Dallas in 1947. Joe was employed at Texas Bank and Trust until, at the age of 70, ill health forced his retirement. He died in August , 1967, and is buried in Ralls, his favorite West Texas town. Nettie still lives in Dallas. She is very active and at 83 keeps her house and enjoys doing her own yard work. Her sister, Lillie Brown, lives with her. They come home to Ralls often.

Source: The Crosby County History Book, 1876-1977

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RALLS (Special) - Services for Nettie Brown, 91, of Lubbock will be at 2 p.m. today at Ralls First Baptist Church with the Rev. David Ray, pastor, officiating.

Burial will be in the Ralls Cemetery under direction of Carter-Adams Funeral Home.

She died at 7:40 a.m. Saturday at John Knox Village Medical Center after a lengthy illness.

She was born in Denton. She married Joe H. Brown in 1916 in Ralls. He died in 1967. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Dallas. She moved to Crosby County in 1901.

Survivors include three daughters, Muriel Lehman of Natchez, Miss., Marguerite McElroy of Ralls and Norma Garrett of Beaumont; two sisters, Lillie Brown and Ruby Heard, both of Ralls; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren.

Lubbock Avalanche Journal, November 3, 1985

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