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 Walter Scott Brown

Walter Scott Brown

Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA
Death 3 Jun 1908 (aged 75)
Milton-Freewater, Umatilla County, Oregon, USA
Burial Milton-Freewater, Umatilla County, Oregon, USA
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Married MARIA CLARRISSA FAY 13 Nov 1860 in Juneau,Wisconsin, daughter of HARRISON FAY and ISABELLA KINGSTON. She was born 25 Aug 1836 in Racine, Racine, WI, and died 26 Jun 1916 in Milton, Umatilla, OR.
Trail Of The Pioneers

Milton's first lumber mill was initiated in 1874 by Walter Scott Brown and his partner,Johnathon Talbert.The Talbert- Brown Chop mill stood on what is now S.E. Ninth Street,near the Rogers-WallaWalla Canning Company.Brown hailed from Wisconsin,where he was born on April 12,1833.Little did he know that he was to be a valuable pioneer of the Milton-Freewater area when he moved out here in 1864.

As a young man,Brown worked in The woods of Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin,floating logs down the Fox River to Chicago,Illinois.On Nov.13,1860 he married Maria Clarrissa Fay in Racine,where she was born On August 25,1836.The family headed west four years after their marriage along with their two daughters. They traveled by wagon train.Along the way they stopped at Cowl Crossing where Daniel Frank,their first son was born.The Browns arrived in Milton in the fall of 1864.

Later Walter Brown and his son in law,Frank Hull,bought The Milton Eagle from a party named Brewster.He owned and published the newspaper for twelve or fifteen years.He later sold the publication to his son,Winfield, who managed the newspaper untill 1908.

The Brown family donated a parcel of land to the city of Milton.Part of the donation now is located on S.W. Sixth St. and formerly known as Brown Street.

Walter Brown and his wife Clarrissa lived in Milton until his death on June 2,1908. Mrs. Brown died on June 26,1916.


Obituary 1908 Milton Eagle

Another pioneer of Milton goes to a well earned rest

Green be the grass above thee

Friend of better days

None knew thee but to love thee

None named thee but to praise

Tears fell when thou were dying

From eyes unused to weep

And long where thou art lying

Will tears the cold earth steep

It becomes the sad duty of the Eagle to chronicle the death of the father of its publisher,Walter Scott Brown,who departed this life Wednesday June 3,1908 at 8:40 A.M. after an illness of almost a year. His illness and death were caused by complications of diseases, superinduced by heart disease.Although suffering intensly at times he bore his long sickness with recognition and even cheerfulness and faced the inevitable end with a calmness vouchafed only to those with a knowledge that their lives have been well lived. The end came peacefully and he went to his last long sleep as easily as a tired child finds slumber in his mother's arms.

Walter Scott Brown was born in Springfield, Illinois in 1833 and at the time of his death was 75 years, 1 month and 21 days old. When he was 15 years old he went with his parents to the then frontier state of Wisconsin,the family locating at Stevens Point, where his two sisters yet reside and where his mother and two brothers are buried. In early life he followed the occupation of raftsman on the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers and made many trips to St. Louis and New Orleans with loads of lumber.His education was finished at Indianapolis, Indiana and he was a graduate of Bryants Community Collage of that city. He was married to Maria Fay November 30, 1860 in Racine, Wisconsin where his daughters were born.........unreadable....plains to Oregon. It took six months to make the trip He located on land on the Walla Walla river a few miles below Milton and returned to Wisconsin for his family who accompanied him here the following year. Shortly after returning to Oregon he took up a homestead on Russell creek in Walla Walla county, Washington where he lived a few years after which he returned to Oregon, this time locating on the Walla Walla River about ten miles above Milton. There he engaged in stock raising and for a time he conducted a saw mill. Many of the first buildings in Milton being constructed of lumber furnished by him. In 1878 he came to Milton and in the company with John Talbert built the first shingle and chop mill in Milton. Shortly after he purchased Mr. Talbert's interest in the mill and conducted the business untill a few years ago. He established the first butcher shop in Milton constructing the building, which still stands on main street, with his own hands.

He was identified with the business life of Milton since its infancy and was a member of the towns first board of councilmen. Quiet and unassuming in his ways his friends numbered all who knew him and the high esteem in which he was held is best shown by the tribute of a friend who had known him for more than a quarter of a century and who comparing him with his own father, also deceased, said: If either of them ever did a wrong in his life it was because he did not know it.

In his death the community loses an honorable upright citizen and his widow and his children lose an always kind and just husband and father.He will ever live in the hearts of all of them. At his own request services were held at the family residence. Rev. B.J. Hoadley of the Methodist Episcopal church officiating. Interment was made in the city cemetary.

Besides his widow he leaves to mourn his loss a daughter,Mrs. Anna Hull of Portland; five sons D.F., C.E., H.F., Winfield S. and D.C. and two sisters Mrs. Geo. W. Cate and Mrs. Henry Cate, of Stevens point Wisconsin, besides several grandchildren.


From HISTORIC SKETCHES of Walla Walla, Whitman, Columbia, Garfield Counties, Washington Territories, and Umatilla County, Oregon. 1882 F.T. GILBERT.

Walter S. Brown: lives in Milton; is a mill man; was born in Charleston, Coles Co., Illinois, April 12, 1833; came to Walla Walla in 1862, to the State in 1875, and to the county (Umatilla) in 1878.

P. 60 Appendix, Umatilla County.
1880 United States Federal Census

Name: W. S. Brown
Age: 46
Birth Year: abt 1834
Birthplace: Illinois
Home in 1880: Milton, Umatilla, Oregon
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Maria C. Brown
Father's Birthplace: New York
Occupation: Planning Mill Operator

Household Members:
W. S. Brown 46
Maria C. Brown 43
Nellie A. Brown 18
Annie I. Brown 17
Frank Brown 15
Carl Brown 14
Harrison F. Brown 11
Winfield S. Brown 8
Clinton D. Brown 2

1900 US Federal Census

Name: Walter S. Brown
Home in 1900: Milton, Umatilla Co., Oregon
Age: 67
Born: Apr 1833
Birthplace: Illinois
Relationship to head-of-house: Head
Spouse's name: Marie C.
Race: White
Occupation: Capitalist

Household Members: Name Age
Walter S. Brown 67
Marie C. Brown 66

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 18945731
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Walter Scott Brown (12 Apr 1833–3 Jun 1908), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18945731, citing Old Pioneer Cemetery, Milton-Freewater, Umatilla County, Oregon, USA ; Maintained by Arthur Allen Moore III (contributor 46828136) .