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Ralph Porter Brown
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Birth: Feb. 18, 1873
Michigan, USA
Death: Jun. 21, 1945
Tuolumne County
California, USA

Ralph Brown, age 72, passed away on a Thursday in a Sonora hospital after a long illness.

A native of Michigan, Ralph and his wife, Armilda, had lived in Columbia for his last five years.

Funeral services were held at the Burden Chapel Sunday, with the Reverend E. S. Bickford officiating.

The earliest positive record I have found thus far for Ralph Porter Brown is when he registered for the draft of WWI.

On September 12, 1918, Ralph registered for the World War I draft.
World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
Name: Ralph Porter Brown
County: Fallon, Churchill County, Nevada
Occupation: Farm Laborer for J. C. Ferrell, Wonder, Churchill County, Nevada
Birth Date: 18 Feb 1873
Physical Description: White, Tall, Medium Build, Blue Eyes, Brown Hair

Nearest Relative: Millie Brown, Fallon, Churchill County, Nevada

Ralph Porter Brown was a railway clerk who was born in Michigan and married Armilda Rebecca Wise McRay Pinkerton. The family moved to California. While living in Diamond Springs, California, Ralph and his step-son, Volney Pinkerton, worked at a box factory.

Name: Armilda Rebecca Brown
Home in 1920: Diamond Springs, El Dorado County, California
Age: 43
Birthplace: Nevada
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Spouse's Name: Ralph P Brown
Father's Birth Place: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birth Place: Missouri
Marital Status: Married
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Household Members:
1. Ralph P Brown, age 46
2. Armilda Rebecca Brown, age 43
3. Volney H. Robert Pinkerton, age 19
4. Mervyn L Pinkerton, age 17
5. Leavurn H Pinkerton, age 12

By 1930, Ralph and Armilda moved to Sausalito and lived near their daughter Elizabeth's family. Their son, Mervyn, lived with Elizabeth, her husband, William, and her daughter, Edith.

Name: Ralph Porter Brown
Home in 1930: Sausalito, Marin County, California
Age: 57
Birthplace: Michigan
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's Name: Armilda R Brown
Occupation: Worked in a Railway Store.
Military service: Yes
Rent: $15
Father's birthplace: Michigan
Mother's birthplace: Michigan

Name: Armilda Rebecca Brown
Home in 1930: Sausalito, Marin County, California
Age: 54
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Spouse's Name: Ralph P Brown
Family links: 
  Rebecca Armilda Wise Brown (1875 - 1968)
Columbia Odd Fellows Cemetery
Tuolumne County
California, USA
Plot: Odd Fellows Plot 209
Created by: P. L. Mohr
Record added: Jan 05, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 63799888
Ralph Porter Brown
Added by: Anne Shurtleff Stevens
Ralph Porter Brown
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Added by: Mary Sim
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- Anne Shurtleff Stevens
 Added: Feb. 8, 2016
Like so many others, you came, you saw, you stayed. What a wonderful place Columbia is for one to spend their last years, or any time for that matter.
- P. L. Mohr
 Added: Sep. 18, 2011

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