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Ernest Reuben Brown
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Birth: Jun. 24, 1878, USA
Death: Jun. 3, 1955
Wichita County
Texas, USA

Ernest R. Brown was born June 24, 1878 & died June 3, 1955. On June 12, 1917 he married Ruth Sheldon (1897-1990) Their children were Ernie, Bert & Jean. (See Ruth Sheldon Brown Gieske's findagrave site for details on the children.)

Ernest was born in Minnesota and most likely died in Electra, TX, where he is buried. The cemetery listing for him does spell his 1st name as "Earnest". The cemetery listing also had a listing for a Clarence A. Brown (9/26/1850-03/17/1931) and his wife Ada L. Brown (06/20/1856-11/10/1924) (They are Ernest's parents) Ernie's sister Jessie Brown Sheldon is also buried in the Electra cemetery as are many of the Sheldon family.)

From the Electra Star-News Thursday June 9, 1955

Ernest R. Brown,76, former publisher of the Electra News, died at 1 a.m. Friday morning in the Electra Hospital after an illness of about four years duration. Funeral services were held in the Chapel of the James B. Totten Funeral Home, Saturday at 2 p.m. Burial was in the Old Electra Cemetery.

Rev. A. G. Abbott, evangelist for Christian Churches of Texas and former pastor of the First Christian Church of this city, officiated in the rites. He paid high tribute to the deceased with whom he had held a close friendship over a long period of years. Mr. Abbott said that Mr. Brown was a deep thinker whose keen mind had an unusual clarity on subjects pertaining to history, particularly Biblical history, as well as on the complex problems of our times.

Pallbearers were G.R. Davidson, Jodie Smith, C.F. McSpadden, W.A. Krohn, Joe Matthews and M.P. Blacknail.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Sheldon Brown of Electra; two sons, Ernest D. Brown, Minden, La. and Capt. Bert Allen Brown, Clark AFB, Phillipine Islands; a daughter, Mrs. Robert Zerkie, Torrance, Calif.; a brother, Ross W, Brown, Winona, Minn., five grandchildren, Jan and Judy Brown, Minden, La.; Lynn and Steven Zerkie, Torrance, Calif. and Nan Brown in the Phillipine Islands.

His parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Brown and a sister, Mrs. W.J. Sheldon preceded him in death and are buried in the family lot in the Old Electra Cemetery.

Mr. Brown was born in Mankato, Minn., and resided in that state until he came to Electra in 1914 to be associated with his brother-in-law W.J. Sheldon in the management of Sheldon's oil and real estate interests and the Electra News of which Mr. Sheldon had been a co-founder with F.D. Woodruff in 1907. In later years, Mr. Brown assumed duties as editor-publisher of the paper, continuing in that capacity until his health failed. Following the death of Mr. Sheldon the newspaper was sold to W.C. Stewart in March 1953 and was merged with th Electra Star to become the Electra Star-News.

The deceased was active in civic work. He served as president of the Chamber of Commerce twice. One of the outstanding civic beautification programs under his leadership was the "Rose Planting Campaign" during which more than 3,000 rose plants were obtained through the chamber of commerce and were planted by Electra Citizens about 20 years ago. Many of these rose bushes and cuttings propogated from them still beautify homes in Electra. His training in law was frequently called into service in composing by-laws, constitutions and other legal documents for clubs and civic groups to which he gave freely of his time and effort.

The Electra man with his brother, Ross Brown, were the first amatueur radio operators in Electra and were among the first in the state. His call number was X5AAW one of the oldest on record. He taught his wife the code and technique and she and their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest D. Brown are prominently identified with the ham radio operators of America.

His work in behalf of Boy Scouts was outstanding and for a a period of time the Electra News provided space and clerical service for a Scout Library through which pamphlets used in the program were available to members.

Mr. Brown was a charter member and past president of the Electra Rotary Club and a member of the Knights of Pythian Lodge. He was one of the founders of the Electra Savings and Loan Association and served as vice president.

He was a member of the board of directors of the Pease River Dam project and other area movements which contributed to the benefit and progress of agricultural and industrial developments in Northwest Texas.

Added note from Shirley Hemingway:
This is not mentioned in the obituary & I do not know the full story but I discovered the information that Ernest Brown married his 1st wife Lula Brooks on Sept. 29, 1904 in Mankato. MN. Their daughter Harriet C. Brown was born on March 8, 1905. The 1910 Census shows Ernest, Lula & Harriet living in Mankato. In the 1940 Census Lulu Brown is living in Los Angeles, CA with her daughter Harriet & Harriet's husband Amos & their son Donald. Lulu dies in 1972 & is buried in California with her daughter Harriet & son-in-law Amos Harrison.
The following is a newspaper article on the Brooks-Brown Wedding:

Thursday, September 29, 1904


The wedding of Miss Lulu May Brooks and Mr. Ernest R. Brown took place at 8:30 o'clock last evening at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Brooks, 216 State Street. Over a hundred guests were present, and the affair was a delightful social event. The rooms were beautifuly decorated with flowers, the front parlor and library in pink and white, and the dining room in yellow. Roses and chrysanthemums were used to bring out the color effect, and the chandeliers were draped with smilax.

The guests were ushers in by Messers. Morgan Bowen and George Rodman, and conducted upstairs. Lamm's orchestra had a station in the upper balcony, where it rendered selctions throughout the evening.

When the orchestra struck up Lohengren's wedding march, the wedding party descended to the first floor in the following order: The flower girl, Dorothy La Due; the ring bearer, Hortense Me-Murtrie; the cushion bearers, Irene Johnson and Aloise La Due; the bride and groom; the maid of honor, Miss Ferbena B. Robb of Winona, cousin of the bride, and the best man, Mr. Ross Brown, brother of the groom. The party took their station in the parlor in front of a bank of palms and white clematis. Rev. George W. Davis, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, took his station and performed the full ring ceremony. At its conclusion, the bride and groom knelt upon white satin cushions while prayer was offered.

After a reception, a delicious wedding banquet was served, the caterer being Mrs. W. H. Pfeffer. Those who assisted in serving the refreshments were Misses Nellie Widell, Ida Fuller, Clara Power, Laura Lulsdorf, Ella Ring and Florence La Due. A carnation was placed at each plate. The ices were in the shape of flowers and fruit, those at the bride's table being rose shaped, and others being in the shape of water lilies, grapes, pineapples, peaches and pears.

The bride was tastefully attired in white embroidered chiffon over white taffeta and carried a bouquet of bride's roses. Her only ornament was a sunburst of diamonds at her throat. This was the gift of the groom.

The maid of honor wore white organdie over white silk, with a pink sash and carried pink roses. The bride received numerous beautiful and useful presents, consisting of cutglass, silverware, linen and china. Among the gifts was $100 in gold from the groom's father.

The out of town guests were Rev. and Mrs. W.W. Smith of Lanesboro, Mrs. W. H. libby, Mrs. Ella Winchester and Miss Ferbena B. Robb of Winona, Mrs. B. H. Tostevin and Miss Julia Tostevin of Helena, Mont, Mrs. D. M. King, Miss Bernice and H. B. Gary of Marshall, and Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Norman of Lake Crystal.

The bride is a favorite with her acquaintances. She was born at Winona, but has spent the past fourteen years in Mankato, and is a most estimable young lady, with many winning qualities and a gracious manner. The groom is a son of conductor and Mrs. Clarence A. Brown, old and well known residents of Mankato, and was raised in this city. He has graduated from the high school, and has held the...

Added note from Shirley Hemingway: Unfortunately I was unable to read the rest of the newspaper article from the copy I saw.

Family links: 
  Clarence A. Brown (1850 - 1931)
  Ada L. Thayer Brown (1856 - 1924)
  Lulu Mae Brown (1882 - 1964)
  Ruth Sheldon Gieske (1897 - 1990)*
  Harriett Kathleen Harrison (1905 - 1972)*
  Jessie Beulah Brown Sheldon (1876 - 1951)*
  Ernest Reuben Brown (1878 - 1955)
*Calculated relationship
Old Electra Memorial Cemetery
Wichita County
Texas, USA
Created by: S Hemingway
Record added: Apr 14, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18927789
Ernest Reuben Brown
Added by: S Hemingway
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Click on image for full size. memory of Ernie Brown and his leadership in the "Rose Planting Campaign". More than 3,000 rose bushes were obtained by the chamber of commerce & planted by Electra citizens some 20 years prior to Ernie's death. I wonder if Electra is still full of...(Read more)
- S Hemingway
 Added: Mar. 13, 2008 memory of Earnest R. Brown, husband of Ruth Sheldon Brown Gieske who was a great granddaughter of Josiah & Elizabeth Hemingway
- S Hemingway
 Added: Apr. 14, 2007

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