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 Celsus Brower

Celsus Brower

New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 28 Dec 1928 (aged 88)
Bakersfield, Kern County, California, USA
Burial Bakersfield, Kern County, California, USA
Plot Haven of Rest, 191-9
Memorial ID 52472399 · View Source
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Celsus Brower is the son of Jacob Brower/Brauer (b: Holland) and an unknown mother.

He married Ida E. Roper on December 25, 1877.

He is the father of Lena Towle Brower and Irving King Brower.

He died in Bakersfield, California in 1928.

He was a prominent citizen of Kern County.


Celsus Brower received the advantages of the New York free schools and free academy. However, due to ill health he left the academy and in October 1859, came to California. Here he settled in the Sierra County and began his employment in the hotel business.

In 1863 patriotism swept through the Sierra County and Celsus joined a Union Company as a second lieutenant that was to trek to Texas with General Banks. However, this fell trough and he served in the commissary department in San Francisco as a sergeant-major. In 1866, he was mustered out and he accepted an appointment to chief clerk in the offices of the mustering and disbursing and acting assistant provost-marshal general and superintendent of volunteer recruiting services under General Washington Seawell.

After the military department closed and after arranging the records for preservation in Washington, DC, Celsus divided his time between his services as a customs inspector and a visit to the east. Upon returning to San Francisco Celsus was shaken with ill health and in October 1872, he left San Francisco and settled in Bakersfield, California.

In Bakersfield he began his business activities as bookkeeper for the firm of Livermore & Chester. In 1873 he became the attorney-in-fact for the trustee of the Cotton Growers' Association. Which was later absorbed by the Livermore & Chester agency. Later, various litigation over water rights the Livermore property was transferred to Haggin & Carr. Here Celsus was retained as secretary in charge of the canal department. In 1898, Celsus resigned due to ill health and again he returned to the east.

Upon his return to California in the fall of 1898, Celsus He accepted a position with L.C. McAfee. Haggin & Carr were being offered up for colonization he was setup in the management if the colony sales under the name of the land department of J.B. Haggin and was later known as the Kern County Land Company.

Upon the anniversary of the four hundredth anniversary of the discovery of America the World's Fair was to transpire in Chicago. The Kern County World's Fair Association was formed and named as secretary and manager, Celsus Brower. As the secretary and manager he completed the assembly and installation of the Kern County products at the exposition in Chicago.

Other positions Celsus has held in the affairs of Bakersfield include: In 1889 elected the first president of the Board of Trade; the first president and later secretary of the Southern Hotel Association; director of various banks in Kern County; since 1897 the secretary of the Bakersfield School Department in which he was instrumental in keeping the department advancing in progress and out of political influences. He was also interested in the oil business and in real estate.

He erected (1910-1911) and managed the Brower Building a four story brick building located in the center of the business district. It was seen as the most modern office building in Bakersfield.

From The History of Kern County, California, by Wallace M. Morgan, published in 1914 by Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California, pp 1037-1038.


Celsus Brower enlisted as a private at Downieville, California, May 28, 1863, and was mustered into Company K, 6th California Infantry, June 9.

He was promoted to Sergeant Major July 1, 1865, and transferred to Field & Staff, 6th California Infantry.

Sergeant Major Brower was mustered out at Benicia Barracks, California, October 31, 1865 (Orton, pp. 725, 760).

(biography by Zuzu*s Petals)

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