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 James Walter Brown

James Walter Brown

Bell Buckle, Bedford County, Tennessee, USA
Death 28 Nov 1930 (aged 62)
San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas, USA
Burial Denton, Denton County, Texas, USA
Plot Block 23 Division L plot 6
Memorial ID 15464580 · View Source
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My grandfather, James Walter is the son of William Clary Brown and Calidonia Jane Hoover. His first marriage was to my grandmother, Anne Austin Manion on April 1, 1895 in Gainsville, Cooke Co, TX. They were divorced after 30 years of marriage during which they raised seven children.

The second photo shows James Walter with my grandmother and their first born, William Austin Brown, taken in 1897 in Oklahoma Territory, ten years before Oklahoma became a state.

On the 10th of October,1929 my grandfather married his second wife, Hattie May Spikes in Douglas, AZ. After a year of marriage they commited a double suicide in a hotel room in San Angelo TX.

Denton Texas
December 2, 1930

A joint funeral service for Mr. and Mrs. James Walter Brown, 62 and 41 respectively, who were found dead in a hotel room at San Angelo Friday, were held here Monday morning.

A bottle which had contained poison was found in the room where the couple died and relatives said both Mr. and Mrs. Brown had been in ill health for some time. The bodies were sent here for burial from San Angelo.

Mrs. Brown was born and reared in Denton County and is survived by her mother and two sisters, who live here, and three brothers.

Gainesville Texas
December 1908


Our friend and fellow townsman, Walter Brown, returned last evening from St. Louis where he had been to attend a big banquet given by his firm, the Norvell-Shapleigh Hardware Company of that city to their traveling salesmen.

The company re-organized some seven years ago, and placed on the road at that time 42 salesmen. During the year 1908, they had increased the number of their drummers to 180, and at the beginning of 1909 they will place 210 of these Knights of the Grip in the field to dispense the hadrware goods of that large and rapidly growing firm.

This firm awards valuable prizes to its traveling salesmen for good trade results and last year Mr. Brown won second prize, he having sold more goods than any of his fellow drummers except one. This year of the 180 salesmen, Mr. Brown took first plumb, and it is a fine juicy specimen in the way of a $200 diamond stud.

Mr. Brown is elated over his good luck and of course he has cause to be. The fact of his having sold more goods than any other salesman out of a 180 hustling drummers is glory enough, but when this achievment is ornamented with a $200 diamond, it creates a glory in the heart of the recipient that makes him feel like life is worth living, especially the life of a hustling drummer.

Walter's many friends rejoice with him and his good luck and hope that he may continue to be the champion of this big and liberal firm and through his energy and good business qualities that his stocking may continue to be the first filled at the Norvell-Shipleigh Hardware Company's Santa Claus every yule-tide during the present generation.

Mr. Brown's territory consists of about 400 square miles and covers North and West Texas and South Central Oklahoma and his big sales speak well for the prosperous business conditions of the merchants and people generally in that territory.

The Register wishes for Walter a Merry Christmas which we know is already assured.

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  • Created by: J R Clement
  • Added: 22 Aug 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 15464580
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for James Walter Brown (2 Jul 1868–28 Nov 1930), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15464580, citing Odd Fellows Cemetery, Denton, Denton County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by J R Clement (contributor 46854816) .