Vol. 3, p. 1177-1178
ISAAC NEWTON BROWN, M. D.
A quarter century of continuous practice is sufficient to establish a claim as one of the pioneer physicians of the new State of Oklahoma. Doctor Brown, who since 1905 has been located at Davis, and is now president of the Murray County Medical Society, is a physician and surgeon of more than thirty years, and his work has been in old Indian Territory of Oklahoma since 1890, when he located at Ardmore. He was one of the Leading physicians of that city until his removal to Davis in 1905.
Representing an old southern family, Doctor Brown was born in Selma, Alabama, October 14, 1860. Both his father and grandfather had important military records. His grandfather, Hitson BROWN, was a native of Ireland, and on coming to America settled in Alabama. In 1837 he went to Texas, during the early days of the republic, and afterwards served as a soldier in the Mexican war. When he died at Big Sand, Texas, in 1871, he was a little past a century in age. His career had been one of great activities and at one time he owned a large plantation and was an extensive stock raiser.
B. W. Brown, father of Doctor Brown, was born in the vicinity of Selma, Alabama, in 1828. He grew up in his native state and was a young man of recognized prominence in the community when the Civil war broke out. He became a captain in the First Alabama Regiment of Infantry and went through the entire war. During the first battle of Bull Run, while leading his company, he had seven bullet holes shot in his hat and his sabre was shot from his hand, but he sustained no bodily injuries. He also participated in the entire three days' battle at Gettysburg. In 1865, soon after the close of the war, Captain Brown removed to Longview, Gregg County, Texas, and lived there until his death in 1901. He was elected a representative to the first Texas Legislature after the war, and sat in that body for thirteen successive terms. During Governor Ireland's administration he was superintendent of the state penitentiary. His chief business was as a planter and rancher, and he owned several farms in Texas. He was also a local preacher in the Methodist Episcopal Church South and naturally was identified with the democratic party. He also attained thirty-two degrees in Scottish Rite Masonry. Captain Brown married Nancy COX, who was born in Alabama in 1835 and died at Longview Texas, in 1908. Their children were: Mary, who married Tom STINCHCOMB, a Texas farmer, and now deceased; Mattie became the wife of Thomas CARROLL, formerly a real estate man in Longview, and they also are deceased; Emma, who lives at Longview, is the widow of Joe BORING, who was a merchant there; Oscar, whose home is at Marshall, Texas, is engineer on one of the fastest trains between Longview and Texarkana; the fifth in age is Doctor Brown of Davis, Oklahoma; Lula is the wife of Ed CRANE, who has been a general merchant and is now a druggist at Longview; Walter lives in Houston, Texas, and has active charge of the House estate in and near that city; Mittie is the wife of Robert BRUCE of Longview.
Dr. Isaac Newton Brown was born in the home of his parents at Selma, Alabama, October 14, 1860. He grew up at Longview, Texas, and was graduated from the Alexander Institute at Kilgore in Gregg County, A. B., in 1878. Then followed two years of clerical experience in a drug store at Longview, and from there he entered the Kentucky School of Medicine at Louisville, where he was graduated M. D. in 1884. Before taking up private practice he served two years as interne in the City Charity Hospital at Louisville. Doctor Brown began practice in Bell County, Texas, in 1886, and remained there until his removal to Ardmore, Indian Territory, in 1890. In his long experience as a physician he has gradually contracted his practice and specializes largely in surgery, obstetrics and gynecology. He took special courses in 1903 in Tulane University at New Orleans. He is examining surgeon for the Phoenix Life, the American Life, the Bankers and the Oklahoma State Life Insurance companies at Davis. He is also a member of the State Medical Society and the American Medical Association, is affiliated with Lodge No. 120, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, at Davis, and with Cedar Camp No. 420, Woodmen of the World, at Davis. He and his family are members of the Christian Church.
At Longview, Texas, in 1886, soon after graduating in medicine, Doctor Brown married Miss Iris BOYD, a daughter of James Boyd, now deceased, who was a farmer and stockman. They had one child, Lynn, who died at Davis in 1908 at the age of twenty-two.
Transcribed by Marti Graham, 22 October, 1998