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Walter Scott Brown
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Birth: Jun. 17, 1870
Mills County
Iowa, USA
Death: Sep. 16, 1925
Mills County
Iowa, USA

THE GLENWOOD OPINION Thursday Sept. 24, 1925


Large . . . of Friends and Neighbors Pay Tribute to the Memory of W. S. Brown

Gave Faithful Public Service for Many Years in This County Was Firm Believer in the Republican Principles

Funeral services for Walter S. Brown were held from the First Baptist church in Glenwood Friday afternoon. The large auditorium of this church was filled with friends of him who had been a life-long resident of this community and who had been actively identified with the city and county affairs for so many years. The Pastor Rev. W. R.
Shoemaker, was in charge of the service, which was attended by upwards of one hundred of his I. O. O. F. brothers. Music was furnished by a quartet consisting of Messrs. F. V. Kemp, Harry Hamilton, S. M. Criswell and E. R. Herrick with Mrs. F. V. Kemp at the piano. The casket was banked in flowers, a beautiful testimonial of the respect in which the deceased was held by the people among whom he had lived and labored these manay years.

The I. O. O. F. ritualistic service was given at the open grave in the Glenwood Cemetery, Brothers W. C. Rathke and H. H. Cheyney being in charge. The pallbearers were of that fraternal order: Frank Logan, E. E. Barber, Roy Haney, S. Harrod, William Hackney and Dr. B. F. Ward.
Out of town relatives and friends present at he funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Gus Goheen and daughter, Mrs. Beatty, of Adams, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Kinney of Omaha; Mr. and Mrs. George Hamilton of Coucil Bluffs; Mr. and Mrs. John Pelham of Crab Orchard, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Crook of Filley, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Smith of Crab Orchard, Nebr.; Elmer Harmon of Council Bluffs.

The life sketch of Mr. Brown, who enjoyed as large an
acquaintance with the people all over Mills County as problaby any other man who has ever lived here, is given as follows:

Walter Scott Brown was born in Glenwood, Iowa at the present home of his mother, Mary Brown, June 17, 1870. He departed this life on September 16, 1925, after a serious illness of three weeks, at the age of 55 years, 2 months, and 29 days. His parents were Thomas Harston Brown and Mary Matilda Turner Brown, the former a native of New Jersey and the latter of Ohio. The father came to Mills county in the fifty's and the mother has been a resident of Mills county for sixty-nine years.

Walter S. Brown was reared in the state of his nativity and at the usual age entered the Glenwood public schools from which he graduated as salutatorian of the class of 1891. He afterward pursued a business course in the Capital City Commercial college of Des Moines and later attended Simpson college, Indianola.

After leaving Simpson he taught school in the country near Henderson and Strahan. His business education was applied in the responsible and practicable duties of a business career. He was actively associated with the army of workers as an employee of the D. L. Heinsheimer company, whom he served as assistant cashier, bookkeeper and correspondent, acting in that capacity for eight years.
At about twenty years of age he was converted, and baptized in the old Baptist Church by Rev. Parsons, becoming an active member of the church, Sunday School, and Young People's Union Symposium, 'a member of Mr. Wickham's Sunday school class and a member of the choir.

For some time in 1898 he was in the employ of the McCormick Harvesting Machine company of Ottumwa, Iowa as stenographer. After withdrawing from that position he was called to public service, being elected to the office of city treasurer of Glenwood in April 1899, serving two years. While still in this office, he was elected recorder of Mills county, receiving the nomination over three other candidates. This position he held for several terms. He was also city assessor and acted as cashier in the Glenwood State bank. For two years he served as deputy clerk and ten years as clerk of district courts. His service in the court house covered a period of some sixteen years. Hw was an unswerving republican, doing everything in his power to promote the work of his party and to secure the adoption of its principles. He was a member of the I. O. O. F. lodge, the Encampment, and the Knights of Pythias. He filled all the chairs of the I. O. O. F. lodge and at the time of his passing was recording secretary of the subordinate and financial scribe of the patriarchial Encampment. In the lodge he used his unusual musical ability, presiding at the piano. His faithfulness to his lodge was kept up to the time of his death and was the topic of his conversation on his sick bed to the faithful brothers who called frequently during his last days.

On the 5th of April, 1899, he was joined in holy wedlock to Miss Alta Grace Wrenwick of Glenwood, and to this union were born two children, Rohease and Mary. He leaves the wife and children, a mother, one brother Clyde Leroy of Honolulu, four sisters, Mrs. Maude Goheen of Adams and Mrs. Grace Pelham of Crab Orchard, Nebr., Misses Hattie and Nellie Brown of Glenwood. He also leaves two step-brothers, T. A. Brown of Glenwood, and Carlyle Brown of Washington. One sister, Clara, died in infancy and the father passed away on October 16, 1909.

When a lad of fifteen he had the misfortune through an accident to lose his right leg, and, considering this misfortune his life has been a wonderfully active one. For almost two years and up to the time of his last illness, he was employed as book keeper by the firm of Hamilton & Matthews.

Family links: 
  Thomas Hartson Brown (1833 - 1909)
  Mary Matilda Turner Brown (1850 - 1933)
  Alta Grace Wrenwick Brown (1870 - 1958)*
  Thomas Allison Brown (1861 - 1947)**
  Samuel Pike Brown (1863 - 1913)**
  Carlisle Edwin Brown (1864 - 1934)**
  Walter Scott Brown (1870 - 1925)
  L Maude Brown Goheen (1871 - 1941)*
  Grace Ann Brown Pelham (1874 - 1957)*
  Clara Brown (1876 - 1877)*
  Hattie M. Brown (1880 - 1951)*
  Nellie Gertrude Brown (1885 - 1959)*
*Calculated relationship
Glenwood Cemetery
Mills County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Section 3 Row 9
Created by: Kay Baldwin
Record added: Jul 23, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 94077353
Walter Scott Brown
Added by: Kay Baldwin
Walter Scott Brown
Added by: Kay Baldwin
Walter Scott Brown
Added by: Kay Baldwin
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