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Risdon Deneen Brown
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Birth: Jul. 26, 1870
Imlay City
Lapeer County
Michigan, USA
Death: Dec. 31, 1939
Saginaw County
Michigan, USA


Former Hale Merchant and Prominent Iosco Educator

R.D. Brown, former hardware merchant and postmaster at Hale and, at one time, prominent educator in Iosco county's school system, passed away early Sunday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Joseph Kroc, at Carrolton, after a long illness. The deceased was 69 years of age.

R. Deneen Brown was born July 26, 1870, at Imlay City. He graduated from the Lapeer high school in 1886, and taught in the Lapeer county schools until 1900, when he entered Valpariso Unirversity. After graduation he became superintendent of the Omer schools. Later he held that position in the Rose City schools. In 1909 he became superintendent of the schools at Hale. He also served as school examiner for 12 years.

During 1911 he entered the hardware business and a short time later he was appointed postmaster which position he held for 21 years. Ill health caused his retirement from business in 1934. Mr. Brown was prominent in Masonic work and served as Master of Whittemore and Hale Lodges. He was a member of the Scottish Rite Consistory at Bay City. He also was a member of Christ Church, Episcopal, East Tawas.

In 1903 he was united in marriage to Sara Morrison, who survives him. He is also survived by three children, Mrs. Leah Kroc, of Carrolton; Mrs. Dorothy Burk, of Detroit; and George Brown, of Bay City; two grandchildren, and two brothers, Martin Brown and C.Z. Brown, of Pontiac.

Funeral services were held Wedensday morning at the home of Mrs. Kroc at Carrolton, and in the afternoon at the Hale Methodist Church, Rev. Watkins officiating. Las Masonic rites were given under the auspices of the Hale Masonic Lodge. Burial was at the Evergreen cemetery.

(Tawas Herald, Jun 5th, 1940)

1910 census Plainfield, Iosco, Michigan
Risdon D Brown 38, Mich, marriage 1, married 7 years, Teacher, School
Sara J Brown 27, Canada, marriage 1, married 7 years, mother of 2, 2 children living
Leah N Brown 3, Mich
Dorothy W Brown 9/12, Mich

1920 census Plainfield, Iosco, Michigan
Rigdon D Brown 49, Mich, Merchant, Hardware
Sara J Brown 38, Canada, immigrated 1885
Leah M Brown 12, Mich
Dorothy W Brown 10, Mich
George A Brown 8, Mich
John Morrison 84, Ireland, Father-i-law, immigrated 1885
Sarah J Morrison 66, Canada, Mother-in-law, immigrated 1885

1930 census Plainfield, Iosco, Michigan
Resdow D Brown 59, Mich, Proprietor, Hardware Store
Sara J Brown 49, Canada, Assistant Postmaster, Hale P. O.
Dorthy W Brown 20, Mich, Teacher, School Public
George A Brown 19, Mich 
Family links: 
  George A Brown (1836 - 1896)
  Phoebe M Boles Brown (1837 - 1911)
  Sara Jane Morrison Brown (1881 - 1970)*
  Martin Wallace Brown (1860 - 1941)*
  Risdon Deneen Brown (1870 - 1939)
*Calculated relationship
Esmond Evergreen Cemetery
Iosco County
Michigan, USA
Plot: OP-B2-95
Maintained by: Cindy
Originally Created by: Shirley Kerr
Record added: Oct 17, 2001
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Risdon Deneen Brown
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