Jul. 20, 1889 Prescott Hampshire County Massachusetts, USA
Mar. 1, 1964 Winter Haven Polk County Florida, USA
Merle Raymond Brown was born in a town that was drowned in the Quabbin Reservoir. He attended Mass. Agricultural College and became an entymologist. He found employment in Florida. He married late in life in Connecticut near where his sister Floy was living at the time. He had no known children, but favored his nieces and nephews in Massachusetts with gifts of dried fruit sent from Florida at Christmastime packed in unsalted and unbuttered popcorn before styrofoam became packing material. As a result, he was loved and appreciated in return. His visits to Massachusetts were welcomed in the summer months as he passed through on his way to Maine where he and his wife spent their summers away from the Florida heat. When his wife became ill, his sister moved to Florida to help. He did not live long after his wife died. Part of his estate executed by J. Priest included interest in an orange grove that we visited after his death. His grave was marked with a brass nameplate that flipped over with a vase on the reverse side for flowers.