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James Harding Brown-mentioned in "History of Eau Claire County Wisconsin, 1914, Past and Present"?

James Harding Brown-mentioned in "History of Eau Claire County Wisconsin, 1914, Past and Present"?

Posted: 6 Nov 2008 2:24PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Brown
I have been unable to find a copy of "History of Eau Claire County Wisconsin, 1914, Past and Present" to see if it has any information about my great grandfather James Harding Brown. He was long-time resident of Eau Claire, a manager for the Northwestern Lumber Company and a Mason. Does anyone have a copy of this book and could look for me?

Thank you so much for your help.

Regards,
Lois

Re: James Harding Brown-mentioned in "History of Eau Claire County Wisconsin, 1914, Past and Present"?

Posted: 6 Nov 2008 3:08PM GMT
Classification: Query
I have the book and I'm sorry to say that there is no mention of him in the index. If you'd like to check this, you will find the index here - http://files.usgwarchives.net/wi/eauclaire/biographies/1914n...

There is a chapter in the book entitled "Lumber Interests" and I have searched through that chapter for his name, but was unable to find anything there.

If you find anything of interest in the index, please let me know. I am in the process of putting this book's contents on the Eau Claire Co. WIGenWeb site at http://eauclaire.wigenweb.org/ under the "Histories" category.

HTH.

Re: James Harding Brown-mentioned in "History of Eau Claire County Wisconsin, 1914, Past and Present"?

Posted: 6 Nov 2008 3:56PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Brown
Thank you for looking and sending the index link. James Harding Brown is definitely not in that index. He died in 1917 so maybe he wasn't considered among the up-and-coming citizens in 1914.

His obit states that he was a Mason, "About 60 years ago he became a member of Eau Claire Lodge No. 112, and is [sic] the oldest member of that lodge, with one exception, that being the Hon. W.P. Bartlett, a neighbor and friend. The funeral of Mr. Brown will be under Masonic auspices, and notice of the time will be given later.” Is there anything about that lodge in the book?

Thanks again for your help.
Lois

Re: James Harding Brown-mentioned in "History of Eau Claire County Wisconsin, 1914, Past and Present"?

Posted: 6 Nov 2008 4:16PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Brown, Cox, Faft
There is a chapter in the book titled "Societies and Clubs" and the Lodge that you mention (No. 112) is in there, but only the officers are named. Looking through that list I could not find James mentioned. The history states that there were 425 members as of 1914, so that could be why the general membership names weren't listed.

The good news is I found James in another history book that I've put online - "The History of Northern Wisconsin, 1881". It contains a short bio of him. Here it is:

BROWN, James H.

JAMES H. BROWN, engineer N. W. L. Co., was born in Orleans Co., N. Y., Jan. 26, 1836. At the age of fifteen years, he left home and went to Ellenville, Ulster Co., N. Y., where he learned his trade with John L. Cox. After spending three months in Sullivan Co., N.Y., he moved to Chicago. Came to Wisconsin in 1855, located at Green Bay, in the employ of the N. Y. Lumber Co. From there he went to Pensaukee with F. B. Gardner & Co., where he remained about eighteen months. After spending some time in Minnesota, he came up the Chippewa River to Eau Claire in 1859, and engaged with the Eau Claire Lumber Co. On returning from a visit to New York State, went with Bussey & Taylor, of Gravel Island, as engineer one season. Was also engineer for Knapp, Stout & Co., at Waubeck. Mr. Brown was at times on boats running between Eau Claire and La Crosse. Came to Porterville in 1867, and took present position. Married at Oxford, Marquette Co., to Elenora Fay, of Marquette Co., who died in Porterville in 1870, leaving one son, Charles Lee Brown. Was married to Miss Anna Faft, at Portage City, Nov. 12, 1872, by whom he has three children - Ella Marion, Bertha Mower and Frederick Dill.

-Transcribed from the "History of Northern Wisconsin, 1881," page 343

According to the above named book, James was residing in Porterville, Eau Claire Co., WI.

HTH!

Re: James Harding Brown-mentioned in "History of Eau Claire County Wisconsin, 1914, Past and Present"?

Posted: 6 Nov 2008 4:43PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Brown, Taft
Thanks for the paragraph about James H Brown, this is definitely my great grandfather and it confirms the census information that I have. He's listed in Brunswick, Eau Claire county in the 1870 and 1880 US census, but had moved to Eau Claire Ward 3 by 1885 according to the Wisconsin State Census.

There are a couple of typos in the information from this book. James married Miss Anna Taft (not Faft) and their oldest daughter's name was Ella Marian (not Marion, which is the masculine version of this name).

I appreciate your help very much.

Regards,
Lois

Re: James Harding Brown-mentioned in "History of Eau Claire County Wisconsin, 1914, Past and Present"?

Posted: 11 Nov 2009 4:27AM GMT
Classification: Query
I'm not sure who posted this, but thank you. I am James Harding Brown IV. James H. Brown Sr. was my Great Great Grandfather. I am named after his grandson, my father's Uncle, JHB III.

Thanks to this post I was able to find information dating my name back to JHB Sr's birth in 1836. That is priceless.

All my gratitude,
JHB IV

Re: James Harding Brown-mentioned in "History of Eau Claire County Wisconsin, 1914, Past and Present"?

Posted: 15 Aug 2013 4:29PM GMT
Classification: Query
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