|In back: Hubert, Fred (Jack), Eugene (Gene), Walter; and in front: Herbert, Narcissa, and Joe|
Another subject I had wanted to address was the Old Ranch! I’ve previously created a number of pages of layouts about the Ranch, which can be found here:
The Old Ranch
If you click on the individual pages, most of them will enlarge, so that you can read about the Old Ranch.
I also created pages about the Canada Trip earlier, and you can see some of those here:
Before I talk about the six brothers and their wives, I would like to mention their only sister. Elizabeth “Lizzie” Brown was born in 1884, in Texas, so she was involved in a great deal of moving around. As the oldest child and only girl, she must have been relied upon a great deal by her mother.
The first Brown Brother, Walter, was married to May Ludwig on October 18, 1910, as we learned in the previous post. (May told me that Walter had been named for a dear friend of his father.) I would like to introduce the wives of the other brothers at this time:
George Eugene “Gene” Brown, Jr married Hulda Erickson on July 5, 1911. (Gene was, of course, named for his father.) They had three sons: Robert E Brown, George Eugene Brown (III), and John Eric Brown.
Joseph Baker Brown was married to Leona Esther Seeley on October 30, 1911. (He was named for his father’s adoptive father, Joseph T Baker.) They had two children: Joseph Burton “Burt” Brown, and Loreen Esther Brown.
Frederick Morgan Brown (also named for a friend of his father) was married to Lizetta “Peg” Ludwig, May’s sister. The two couples were very close, and enjoyed many activities together over the years; and their children were double cousins! Fred served in WW I; this document (front & back) was filled out by May;
Herbert McMurrain Brown (one of the twins, with a middle name that was his mother’s maiden name) was married to Nancy Gookins, whose family members were neighbors to the Browns at the Old Ranch. He continued to manage that property after it left the family; and he had a special interest in prospecting. Their son Mac shared this photo of his parents, which was taken on their honeymoon:
Hubert Motley Brown (the other twin, with a middle name that was his maternal grandmother’s maiden name) and his wife, Mildred E Paterson, are featured in the following photos:
|Hubert is in the back, on the left; he played trombone.|
Another important part of the Brown brothers history involved construction of the Women’s Twentieth Century Club building in Eagle Rock, California. I found an application which was made in order to place the building on the National Register of Historic Places; the building was listed there on July 30, 2013. The 32 page application even included floor plans, which we found interesting, since we were able to tour the building in 2016. Page 11 of the application is of greatest interest to our family, because it states that the master carpenter for the project was Walter B. Brown! In September 1914 the contract to build the clubhouse was awarded to Edwards and Wildey Company, with a stipulation that the clubhouse would be erected on or before March 1, 1915. The photo below was taken on January 8, 1915, when there was a ceremony to lay the cornerstone. It’s obvious that our master carpenter was hard at work, to meet the deadline . . .
Another interesting piece of history for the Brown brothers involves a mining operation in Arizona. We really know very little about their involvement - only enough to make us want to know more! In looking up Plomosa Placer Properties, I found that Plomosa, Arizona is adjacent to Quartzite, Yuma County, Arizona. I also found an issue of Mining and Engineering World (No. 1, Vol. 45, July 1, 1916) which described in detail the technical aspects of dry placer operations at Plomosa, with a plant that was to be in operation about the first of August, 1916. All we know for sure (from the card above that May filled in) is that Fred was working there when America entered World War I in April 1917, and that Herbert also worked there. Fred was keeping in touch with his Snelling cousins; they had these photos of that operation, with his handwritten notes on back, and shared them with us:
|"this is the gallows frame and hoisting engine which Herbert is in charge. This is the P.P.P. mine." (Wonder how many Browns are there?)|
|Herbert at the mine.|
|"One of the heavy winds blew the house down which covers the 125 h.p. Besmer oil engine and the drag line hoist which I am in charge of at present."|
|"This was my first job driving this truck, a 'Quad' four wheel drive"|
The first photo at the top of this post was one taken in July of 1918, before Fred (‘Jack’) went to France. (It is the last photo of the seven of them together, because their mother died before Fred returned from France.)
At about that same time, the photo below was taken of their mother, Narcissa, with several of her Brown grandchildren. I believe that the photo includes (left to right) these children: Walt, Lorne, Kay, George, and Robert.
In 1934 Walter and May moved to Oregon; and the following photo was taken on February 17, 1934, prior to their move. Does anyone know where this photo was taken? I would love to know that little detail! Here they all are, with names included:
Although there are still many stories to tell about our grandfathers, my next blog post will move on to sharing things I have learned about their father, George Eugene Brown Sr; I’ll be scrambling now to learn just a little more about his life! 😉