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Katherine Marcelia "Katie" Grable Brown
Birth: Jan. 13, 1884
Doniphan County
Kansas, USA
Death: Aug. 15, 1923
Northridge
Los Angeles County
California, USA

According to "The Rose Family Genealogy" by Lee Burns, Katie was born in 1883, near Geary in Wayne township, Doniphan County, Kansas and died 15 August 1923, Zelzah (now Northridge), in Los Angeles county, California. The birth data agrees with the 1885 Kansas state census, which shows her family living there in 1885, and with the 1900 US census, which cites her birth as December, 1883, in Kansas. On the other hand, the cemetery records give her age at death as "39 years, 7 months and 2 days," which implies a birth date of January 13, 1984.
. Around 1898 the family moved to a farm near Tonkawa, Kay county, Oklahoma Territory. According to Sandra Stark, Grable family historian, in July 1899 a new furnace malfunctioned and set their house on fire. Katie escaped, but her two younger sisters, Clara (10) and Grace (8), were trapped inside. When her father Tom and cousin Charlie tried to rescue the young girls, the floor gave way and Tom was thrown to the ground, while Charlie received terrible burns that he carried for the rest of his life. The girls perished in the fire and were buried in Blackwell Cemetery.
. On May 6, 1902, Katie was married to Charles Franklin Brown, a farm hand, in Newkirk, Kay county, Oklahoma. They moved to Pueblo, Colorado, where their first son Delbert was born, then back to Tonkawa, where Frank became a successful farmer. They decided they could do better at ranching, so in the spring of 1913 they sold their farm and moved in June to Utah. Initially they stayed with Frank's brother Arthur and his wife Lettie, while Frank looked for land. He found land for sale in Indian Canyon, near Duchesne, and convinced Arthur to partner with him in buying the land and starting a ranch, which they did that summer. With hard work they built up a ranch in the arid wilderness. Both families lived in the same house, and they cooked and ate together. from nothing. The next year they bought a house in Duchesne, and during the school year the two wives and their children lived there so their sons could attend school. In 1915 Kate gave birth to Charles Leslie.
. Kate's sister Mattie Rowe and her husband Marion came to Utah as well during this time. In 1918, after five years, the brothers dissolved their partnership so Arthur and his wife could live year round in Duchesne. Frank and Kate worked the ranch alone, but Kate was pregnant and gave birth in 1919 to Douglas Jay.
. In 1920 they sold the ranch and moved to Los Angeles county, first to Pasadena township, then to Zelzah, which is now called Northridge. They had a prosperous poultry farm and an apricot orchard, and they had orange trees as well. Kate's father visited from Oklahoma by train, and her sister Mattie Rowe and husband Marion moved to San Fernando, ten miles away from Zelzah. The families often got together on Sundays. Kate wrote the following description in a letter to her father:
. "I am quite busy most of the time. We have our 1500 hundred little chicks now and they take a lot of time, but we don't mind that if we get along with them. We have 1150 laying hens. We get 700 eggs a day now. Our apricot trees are just loaded with blossoms. We have had all the oranges and more than we could use this winter. I have 10 trees. I think we will fix to dry our apricots. A person realizes more out of them.
. "[My brother] Elmer wrote to Mattie and said you had the grip [severe flu]. I hope you have got strong again. Douglas was quite sick for over a week this winter, almost pneumonia. He hears Leslie talk about you and he wants to know who grandpa is. He seems to remember you going away on the train. Leslie goes to school every day and he don't want to miss a day. Today being Sunday I thought Mat & Marion would drive up but I guess they look for us down."
. In 1923, Katie became ill with typhoid fever and died on August 15, at the age of 39. Eventually her husband sold the farm and moved to Oceanside, San Diego, CA, and Kate's sister and husband moved back to Oklahoma.
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Katie's obituary in a newspaper in Garden City, Kansas:
Mrs. Katie Brown died at her home in Zelzah, California, last Wednesday, following an attack of typhoid fever. The funeral was held at the family home on Friday at two o'clock in charge of Rev. Scott. The deceased was a member of the Zelzah's Woman's club and her many friends and acquaintances were shocked to learn of her death. She is survived by her husband, three sons, father, T. R. Grable, brother, T. E. Grable of west of Garden City, three sisters, Mrs. R. J. Ackley of northwest of Garden City, Mrs. Bon Hargrove of Effingham, and Mrs. M. J. Rowe of Van Nuys, Calif.
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(There was an obituary in the Van Nuys News, August 17, 1923, page 7, which might have additional information.)
 
 
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 Parents:
  Thomas Riley Grable (1851 - 1938)
  Mary Elizabeth Rousey Grable (1855 - 1917)
 
 Spouse:
  Charles Franklin Brown (1879 - 1959)*
 
 Children:
  Delbert Mitchell Brown (1903 - 1965)*
  Milton Leslie Brown (1915 - 2002)*
  Douglas Jay Brown (1919 - 1975)*
 
 Siblings:
  Clara L. Grable (____ - 1899)*
  Florence Grable Hargrove (1874 - 1954)*
  William Perry Grable (1876 - 1880)*
  Mattie Martha Grable Sowles Rowe (1878 - 1961)*
  Adelia "Delia" Mae Grable Ackley (1881 - 1964)*
  Katherine Marcelia Grable Brown (1884 - 1923)
  Grace Grable (1890 - 1899)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
cemetery record: Katie M. Brown, 1884-1923
 
Burial:
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)
Glendale
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Victory Section, Lot 300, Space 2
 
Maintained by: Darrell Brown
Originally Created by: Richard Wesley
Record added: Nov 03, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 61071360
Katherine Marcelia Katie <i>Grable</i> Brown
Added by: Darrell Brown
 
Katherine Marcelia Katie <i>Grable</i> Brown
Added by: Darrell Brown
 
Katherine Marcelia Katie <i>Grable</i> Brown
Added by: Darrell Brown
 
 
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