|Birth: ||Jan. 14, 1837|
|Death: ||Feb. 3, 1893|
Waiter E. Brown is one of the most prominent real estate men of Los Angeles, has been in that line of business in Southern California for over thirty years, and at Los Angeles for more than a quarter of a century. He is active head of Walter E. Brown & Company, in the Bradbury Building.
His father was the late Luke E. Brown. He was a New Englander and lived at Winchendon, Massachusetts, for a number of years. In that old Massachusetts town Walter E. Brown was born April 2, 1867. His mother was Jennie P. Gage, who died in Massachusetts' in 1880. Luke E. Brown was a contractor and builder. In 1881 he moved to San Diego, California. He became prominently identified with the development of National City, a suburb of San Diego, and was the leading contractor in that locality for a number of years. He constructed more than three hundred homes at National City. He died there in February, 1893, at the age of fifty-six. His oldest child is Fred W. Brown, now one of the leading business men of Tucson, Arizona. He owns a planing mill, is a merchant and is interested in a number of local enterprises. The second child was Lula B., who married Nelson Giles and died in 1899 at her home in Topeka, Kansas.
Walter E. Brown, the youngest of the three children, was about fourteen years old when he came to California, and he completed his education in the public schools of National City. Soon after leaving school in 1887 he began handling real estate, both city and country property at National City. In 1892 he moved to Los Angeles, where his name is not only associated with those of the oldest and most substantial real estate operators, but also with much important development in the city. He has subdivided and put on the market twelve or more highclass tracts and was especially prominent in developing the Wilshire section.
Mr. Brown has always been an outdoor man, fond of wholesome outdoor sports. He is a republican and is affiliated with all the Masonic bodies at Los Angeles, including the Knight Templar Commandery and Al Malaikah Temple of the Mystic Shrine. He is also a member of the National Federation of Realty Dealers, the Los Angeles Realty Board. Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, City Club, Automobile Club of Southern California, and the First Congregational Church.
November 10, 1892, at National City, he married Miss Ada L. McCartney. She was born at Vinton, Iowa, and was educated there and came with her parents to National City in the fall of 1888. She is a daughter of Judge John and Anna B. (Burrell) McCartney. Her mother lives with Mr. and Mrs. Brown. Her father, who died at National City January 26, 1899, was a prominent citizen of National City, a lawyer by profession and at one time a member of the Iowa Legislature. He was buried in San Diego. Mrs. Brown is a member of the Ebell Club of Los Angeles.
They have one son, John McCartney Brown, who was a radio operator during the war and is now connected with the Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance Company of Los Angeles. April 16, 1919, soon after returning from the service, he married Miss Grace Lane West, of Los Angeles.
Note: Cemetery office confirmed Mr. Brown was originally buried at Mount Hope Cemetery and at some point was moved to Greenwood. He is buried next to Dora C Brown 1831-1910
Greenwood Memorial Park
San Diego County
Plot: Hawthorne Place
Created by: Gennaphyr
Record added: Mar 05, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 106236720