Adam Brown

Adam Brown

Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Death 27 Jan 1921 (aged 75)
Hastings, Dakota County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Block 5, Lot 69, 18 ft. NEC
Memorial ID 74291924 · View Source
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Father: Herman
Mother: Ethel

Arrived in Brainerd in 1871.

•See William A. Ferris.
•See George D. LaBar.
•See George W. Holland.
•See James Meagher.
•See Nicholas Heller.
•See Albert A. Hagadorn.
•See Louis T. Miller.
•See James S. Gardner.

1870 census for Lowe St. Clair, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, family #880:
Brown, Adam, 24, b. Germany, engineer
Brown, Catherine, 20, b. Penna.
Brown, William, 3, b. Penna.
Brown, Edward, 1, b. Penna.

"I was engineer of the locomotive that pulled the first passenger train into Brainerd. That was the 14th day of March 1871. I remember the circumstances. We could not turn around here and have to back to the Junction [114 miles in something like four hours]. It was extremely cold, and the fireman and I suffered much. We had no curtains to break the wind. ...J. Cooke, who financed the building of the road, was on the train, with many officers and friends from St. Paul and New York City." (Brainerd's Half Century, Ingolf Dillan, General Printing Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota: 1923; p. 19)

One of the first directors of the First National Bank [1881]. (Brainerd's Half Century, Ingolf Dillan, General Printing Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota: 1923; p. 101)

      WE are informed that while the N. P. special train was being brought by the Horse Shoe Curve, between Fond du Lac and Thomson, the engine, owing to a pile of wood falling on the road, left the track. Brown, the engineer, reversed his engine, and the conductor set his brakes, stopping the engine such a short distance from the 60 foot precipice, that inches instead of feet would measure the distance. The short distance they ran after getting off the rail, shows that all the men were wide awake to their duty. The Rev. Mr. Millspaugh, who on his way to our place to hold services tomorrow at the Episcopal Church, was lying asleep in the pay car, was awakened by the shock, and undoubtedly surprised by the accident, and thankful for their escape.—[Minnesotian-Herald. (Brainerd Tribune, 06 May 1876, p. 1, c. 5)

      A GLASS front is being put in the rear addition of the Express building fronting on Fifth street, and the interior is being remodeled for a hardware and tin shop of an extensive character, to be opened in a few days and conducted in person by the practiced hands of our esteemed townsmen Thomas Bason and Adam Brown. They already have orders for a large amount of work, and will open with a good business from the very start. Success to them. (Brainerd Tribune, 26 January 1878, p. 4, c. 1)

                  AROUND THE STATE


...Adam Brown is going to put up a fine furniture store, and carry on that branch separate from the dry goods department. (Minneapolis Tribune, 04 April 1881, p. 5)

                  Furniture Emporium.

      Brainerd is now the possessor of a first-class furniture store—or rather, Adam Brown is. Mr. Brown has spared no pains or expense in fitting out an establishment which is a credit and an honor to the town and community. He has erected a commodious building on Front street, which will be used exclusively for the sale of furniture of different classes, varieties and styles, and the numerous necessary appurtenances thereto, and has made such arrangements as to enable him to put his goods right down to hard-pan prices. If you are in need of an elegant or plain set of furniture, he can suit you without a doubt, as he has almost everything you could think of or wish for. Fine sofas, easy chairs, dressing-cases, bed-steads, mattresses, and in fact everything in the furniture line adorn his new emporium. Now, bear in mind that if there is anything in this line of goods that you want, there is just the place to go and get it. Don't fail to call and look around, at least. If he can't suit you, he won't charge you a cent for showing his goods. (Brainerd Tribune, 30 April 1881, p. 1, c. 5)

                     Brainerd's Adam.

      The following story, the hero of which is none other than Adam Brown of this city, we clip from the columns of the St. Paul Globe, but do not vouch for the truth of it. The following is the yarn:
      "Locomotive engineers are very superstitious," remarked an engineer the other day. "One of the queerest cases illustrative of this tendency I know of," he continued, "was that of old Adam Brown, who ran an engine on the Northern Pacific for many years. Adam, who was a German, was quite an eccentric person, anyway, and had a habit of approaching the climaxes of his jokes of which, he was an industrious spinner, by the introductory announcement that 'we was joost a-going around the coorve about forty miles an hour,' under such circumstances a cow's tail would be discovered waving a danger signal, or some other emergency would present itself calling forth a display of the ingenious Adam's presence of mine and dexterity.
      "Well, on the night in question Adam was pulling a mixed train—that is one composed of both passenger and freight—out of Duluth. I was train dispatcher for the Northern Pacific, whose trains ran over a joint stretch of road from Duluth to N. P. Junction, and were not under our immediate control until after passing the Junction.
      "Adam's train left Duluth on time, but arrived at the Junction very late. We could obtain no satisfactory answers to our inquiries regarding the time lost. The conductor reported everything all right as far as he was concerned. The train continued to lose time, however, and reached Brainerd, the end of the division where I was stationed, five hours late. I tackled the conductor for an explanation when he came in, and what do you suppose he told me? Why, that Adam had dreamed the day previous that a huge tie had been strapped across the track by train wreckers. The whole surrounds were vividly impressed upon his mind and he had awakened just as his engine touched the tie. So firmly did he believe in the premonition that he could not be induced to run along at an ordinary rate of speed, but crept along all night." (Brainerd Dispatch, 03 April 1885, p. 3, c. 5)

      Adam Brown was quite badly injured yesterday at the mill of the Brainerd Manufacturing Co. He is the engineer, and in opening the fire door the escaping gas puffed the flame into his face, burning his beard off and severely burning his face. (Brainerd Dispatch, 23 March 1888, p. 4, c. 3)

      The annual meeting of the stockholders of the First National Bank was held on Monday, at which time the following directors were elected: G. W. Holland, B. A. Ferris, Adam Brown, A. F. Ferris, Leon E. Lum, H. J. Spencer and G. D. LaBar. (Brainerd Dispatch, 15 January 1892, p. 4, c. 3)

            ADAM BROWN IS
                             CALLED TO REWARD

      One of Brainerd's Pioneers Was One
             of the First Directors of First
                           National Bank


      Mr. Brown Was a Charter Member of
            the Odd Fellows Lodge of City
                       —Funeral Monday

      Adam Brown, one of Brainerd's first citizens who came into the territory which is now known as Brainerd when there was no evidence that upon the ground a city of almost 10,000 people would have its growth, died Thursday evening, January 27 at 6 o'clock
      Mr. Brown had the distinction of driving the first engine over the rails into what is now Brainerd.
      The deceased was born in Germany on August 26, 1845 and came to this country with his parents when a small boy. For some time he lived in Pittsburgh where he was married to Catherine Walters.
      Some time later Mr. and Mrs. Brown came to reside in Duluth and later still Mr. Brown came to Brainerd as one of the earliest settlers and after providing a home, Mrs. Brown followed him here.
      Mr. Brown was one of the first directors of the First National bank, in fact he was made a director of the bank at the time of its organization. He was also one of the charter members of the Brainerd Odd Fellows lodge.
      Mrs. Brown died last spring and the deceased is survived by 10 children, William, Ode, Mrs. Fred Luken, George and the Misses Alma and Georgia of Brainerd, Mrs. Victor Kachelhoffer of Ackley, Iowa, Mrs George Kirk of Bemidji, Floyd of Aitkin and Arthur of Warroad, Minn.
      The body may be viewed at the home, 1609 South Broadway, from Saturday afternoon until the time of the funeral.
      While the hour of the funeral has not yet been definitely set, it is expected that it will be from the home on Monday afternoon. Rev. S. M. Kelly of the Presbyterian church will officiate.
      The sympathy of the community is extended to the family in their bereavment. (Brainerd Dispatch, 04 February 1921) [Courtesy of Brian Marsh, CWCHS]

      The funeral services for the late Adam Brown will be held from the home, 1609 South Broadway, on Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Mr. Brown was feeling well on the morning of his death; later in the day he became sick and died suddenly of heart failure. Members of the family are arriving from their various locations. Arthur and Floyd have already arrived. Mrs. George Kirk and Mrs. Victor Kachelhoffer are expected some time Saturday. The Odd Fellows are planning to attend the services on Monday in a body. Members of the Odd Fellows will act as pallbearers. (Brainerd Dispatch, 04 February 1921) [Courtesy of Brian Marsh, CWCHS]

            MANY AT FUNERAL
                                  OF ADAM BROWN

          Bank and Legal Profession Repre-
            sented, Odd Fellows Have Many
                        Members Present


      Vice Chairman of Board of Directors
            of Northern Pacific Pays Tri-
                  bute to Aged Engineer

      An unusually large number of people representing the different interests of Brainerd's civic, commercial and fraternal life attended the funeral of the late Adam Brown on Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.
      The First National bank of which Mr. Brown was one of the first directors was represented by and Geo. D. LaBar and F. A. Farrar, and the legal profession was represented by Hon. W. S. McClenahan.
      An exceptionally large and representative body of No. 194, I. O. O. F. attended the service at the home at 1609 Broadway and conducted the internment rites at the cemetery.
      Early in the afternoon, Mr. LaBar received the following telegram in which a fine tribute is paid to the deceased by one who rose high in the ranks of the employees of the Northern Pacific Railway Company:
      "Regret that delay in returning from Eastern trip made it impossible for me to be present at the last rites of my old friend Adam Brown whose loyal devotion to the Northern Pacific has been an example to all us employees for more than forty-five years. Please extend my sympathy to the family and friends, J. M. Hannaford."
      The services at the home were in charge of Rev. S. M. Kelly of the Presbyterian church who read the lessons and offered a helpful and timely discourse. Rev. Fred Errington of the First Congregational church read a brief portion of the Odd Fellow's burial service and offered the concluding prayer.
      Those who gathered for these last rites felt, as people ever feel at such times, that those who blaze the trail, as the pioneers in new territory, are worthy of the highest respect of which the human heart is capable, for in a very definite sense we reap what they so nobly sowed.
      Mr. Brown by his industry, honesty and integrity helped to establish the city which has now reached almost 10,000 inhabitants and was present at the initiation of at least two institutions which have grown to large proportions, i. e., the Northern Pacific Railroad's holdings in this city and the First National bank. (Brainerd Dispatch, 04 February 1921) [Courtesy of Brian Marsh, CWCHS]

                         A Tribute
Col. A. J. Halsted:
      Dear Sir:
      Mr. LaBar writes that Adam Brown is dead. He was a contemporary of your paper in Brainerd and it is fitting that tribute be given in it.
      There was a man. Jule M. Hannaford and he were young men together on the Northern Pacific and Mr. Hannaford called him "Good Old Adam." Their later walks in life were far apart but walks in life all approach at the grave. Good old Adam when he was young—good old Adam when he was old. A gentleman every inch of him. He never wronged man, woman, child or animal. He never complained although his lot might not be considered easy. He gave of his time in abundance. He raised a large family and could not give large sums of money. He gave of his work good and heaping measure for what money he received.
      Whatsoever was honest, whatsoever was just, whatsoever was of good report that did good, that did good old Adam, and it will not fail him in the end I trust after knowing him long and well.
                                    Very truly yours,
                                        Leon E. Lum.
(Brainerd Tribune, 11 February 1921) [Courtesy of Brian Marsh, CWCHS]

Date of Death: 27 JAN 1921
County of Death: DAKOTA
CERTID# 1921-MN-002983

Family Search Death Records:
Name: Adam Brown
Gender: Male
Death Date: 27 Jan 1921
Death Place: Hastings, Dakota, Minnesota
Age: 76
Birth Date: 1845

Other Children:
Sarah Beatrice Brown, b. 17 February 1877, Brainerd, Minnesota, d. 17 August 1946, Beltrami County, Minnesota; married George Kirk in Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota on November 14, 1899.
Arthur Brown, b. 29 July 1881, Minnesota, d. 20 September 1961, Roseau County, Minnesota, married Ida Belle Huston in Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota on May 22, 1907.
Mabel Katherine Brown, b. September 1884, Minnesota, d. July 1985, Richland, North Dakota, married Victor E. Kachelhoffer in Brainerd Crow Wing County, Minnesota on January 18, 1911.

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