Benjamin William “Brock” Brockway


Benjamin William “Brock” Brockway

Allen, Hillsdale County, Michigan, USA
Death 27 Mar 1916 (aged 66)
Malta, Phillips County, Montana, USA
Burial Malta, Phillips County, Montana, USA
Memorial ID 139589891 View Source
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The Enterprise, Malta, MT, 30 March 1916

Mayor B.W. Brockway Crosses the Great Divide

Malta today is mourning the loss of her mayor. His pen is stilled. The office chair is empty. We look, as we have never looked in days gone by, for the familiar face and seek the word of information or of direction, but the ever cheerful and accommodating personality is gone. This is why our citizens are in sorrow today.

Benjamin William Brockway died early on the morning of Monday, March 27th, and when the news became known outside the home of the sorrowing family, a universal regret was felt in all Northern Montana of which the deceased had been a devoted citizen and a constructive builder.

Mr. Brockway, or "Brock" as his intimate friends and companions called him, was born in Allen, Michigan, Nov. 7, 1849. He was married to Lillian Nichols in 1875, who with one son, C.J. Brockway, and a daughter, Mrs. Hugo Stolly, survive him.

In the year 1872 Mr. and Mrs. Brockway moved from Michigan to Illinois, and from thence to Iowa, in 1881, leaving Iowa in 1899 and coming to Malta, where for the first three years he worked with one of Malta's pioneer merchants, Mr. Trafton, in the mercantile business. From that time Mr. Grafton grew to be an integral part of the growth and development of the city of Malta. His faithful services in the various city and county organizations and his long and intimate association with the country's complex life made him a valuable leader, a safe advisor and a most efficient officer.

He was justice of the peace in Malta for a long time, secretary of the Milk River Valley Water Users' Association for the success of which he worked with an unusual degree. He held the secretaryship of the Malta Cemetery association and his never ceasing interest in and devotion to improvement as a more fit sleeping place for the dead were appreciated everywhere. In the office of the United States Commissioner, which Mr. Brockway held for several years, his high ideals and unremitting loyalty to duty, had won for him the most enviable place in the esteem of the northeastern Montana homesteaders. Mr. Brockway succeeded Mayor Casselburg as mayor of the city and under his term of office, his concentrated efforts upon the affairs of the city, for which he had always done much, brought for him the esteem that makes his passing doubly mourned by all.
Married 11/23/1870, Lillian Nichols, b. 11/13/1852, Allen, MI; d. 8/7/1917, Malta, MT

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