|Birth: ||Sep. 2, 1832|
|Death: ||Jun. 12, 1917|
The Tacoma Daily Ledger
Thursday, June 14, 1917
FUNERAL OF PIONEER WILL BE HELD TODAY
Freeman W. Brown, Veteran of Indian and Civil Wars, Was Also First Teacher at Olympia
The funeral of Freeman Whitcomb Brown, age 84, a veteran of the Indian wars here in 1856 and '57 and also of the Civil war, will be held this afternoon at 3 o'clock from the Buckley-King company's. The services will be held under the auspices of Custer post G.A.R. and Rev. D.B. Lesourd will officiate.
Mr. Brown is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Derbyshire of Mount Vernon, N.Y., and two sons, Fred J. Brown, superintendent of schools at Grandview, and Leonard J. Brown of Tacoma.
Mr. Brown was best known as one of the first white men to explore the Lake Chelan country, and also as the guide for the first party of whites to travel from Willapa to Grand Mound prairie. On the last occasion members of the party became panic-stricken because of the lack of the signs of travel, and threatened to mutiny, and were saved only thru the presence of mind and calm assurance of their leader.
Besides being a gold miner in California in the early '50, a fighter in both the Civil and Indian wars, and a famous athlete, the hardy pioneer was also the teacher of the first public school at Olympia. At this time he taught school in the winters and worked as one of Washington's first engineers in the summer.
Source: Buckley-King Mortuary records
father: Leonard Brown
mother: Mary Whitcomb
CO. C. I ORE. INF.
Oakwood Hill Cemetery
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