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 Nancy Brown

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Nancy Brown

  • Birth 11 Dec 1870 Perry, Washington County, Maine, USA
  • Death 7 Oct 1948 Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
  • Burial Royal Oak, Oakland County, Michigan, USA
  • Plot Section L, Lot 168.
  • Memorial ID 18938952

Columnist for the Detroit News from 1919 to her retirement in 1942. She wrote a family-based advice column called the "Experience." Born Annie Louise Brown to Levi Prescott Brown, a Civil War veteran, and Annie R. Lincoln Brown. She attended Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts. After her graduation in 1892, she became a teacher and taught in Vermont, Connecticut, and later in Mount Clemens, Michigan. She Married James Edward Leslie in 1904, who was the Sunday editor for a Pittsburgh newspaper. He passed away in 1917. She worked for a while for the Pittsburgh Dispatch newspaper before starting her career for The Detroit News in 1919. She often wrote under the name, Mrs. J.E. Leslie. Readers loved her and enjoyed her annual 'sunrise services' at Belle Isle on the Detroit River. The readers helped funding for a 85 foot high tower on Belle Isle dedicated to peace, calling it the Nancy Brown Peace Carillon. It was finished in 1939 and dedicated in 1940 during the 7th annual sunrise service. Thanks to volunteer efforts and to the City of Detroit, the Peace Carillon has been restored, its grounds cleaned up, and it continues to chime to this day.


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  • Created by: Dave
  • Added: 15 Apr 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18938952
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Nancy Brown (11 Dec 1870–7 Oct 1948), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18938952, citing Oakview Cemetery, Royal Oak, Oakland County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Dave (contributor 46796843) .