Biography of Eugene L. Brown
Armstrong County, PA Biographies

EUGENE L. BROWN, a lineal descendant of the Brown family who came over in the Mayflower, and a leading druggist and businessman of Putneyville, is a son of Orlando Howell and Margaret (Graham) Brown and was born at Brookville, Jefferson county, Pa., September 11, 1860. The Browns are of English descent, and his great great grandfather Brown was one of the "Pilgrim Fathers" who came over in 1820? (Should be 1620?). His grandson, the grand father of E. L. Brown, was a native of Connecticut, from whence he removed to Angelica, New York. He was a machinist by trade, and when he removed (about 1830) to Brookville, Jefferson county, he brought workmen with him and built the first machine shop of that place, where he afterwards erected a furniture factory. He was an intelligent, well educated man, and while he was nominally a democrat, yet he adhered to no party creed, but voted for the candidate who, in his estimation, was best fitted for the office. One of his sons, Orlando Howell Brown (father), was born in Angelica, New York, in 1834. He learned the trade of cabinetmaker, and was for a while in partnership with his father. He afterwards removed to Reynoldsville, Jefferson county, where he engaged in the furniture and undertaking business until his death, in 1879, when be was in the fortysixth year of his age. He was a democrat, and married Margaret Graham. They had one child: Eugene L., the subject of this sketch. Mrs. Brown died in 1860, and Mr. Brown married Mary Frier, by whom he bad two sons and three daughters. Mrs. Margaret Brown was born in 1838 and died in 1860. She was a woman of fine intellect, and universally beloved. Her great grandfather Graham was a native of Scotland, from whence he removed to Ireland, and one of his sons emigrated from that country to Pennsylvania and settled at North Washington, where he married a Miss McCalvin, a daughter of Hon. McCalvin, a member of the Pennsylvania legislature. Her husband dying early in life, left Mrs. (McCalvin) Graham with five small children, which she reared and gave a liberal and classical education. To the influence of her noble character, her son, Thomas Graham (maternal grandfather), always attributed all the success of his after life.

Eugene L. Brown attended the public schools, Oakland academy and Clarion seminary, and then learned the trade of tinner at Putneyville. In May, 1882, lie opened a hardware store at Putneyville, but in November of the following year he embarked in the drug business with Dr. Klingensmith, under the firm name of Brown & Klingensmith. In May, 1877, Dr. Klingensmith died, and Mr. Brown formed a partnership with Mr. D. I. Shick, which lasted until February, 1888, when they dissolved business. Since then Mr. Brown has continued in the drug business successfully up to the present time, He manufactures all kinds of handles, which he sells direct to the trade. He owned a printing establishment at one time and did a large amount of job work.

September 11, 1879, he married Nora Alva Putney, a daughter of Thompson Putney, of Putneyville. To their union have been born four children, two sons and two daughters: Tillie H., Nellie A., Ralph E. and Lloyd O.

Eugene L. Brown is a republican in politics. He is a trustee of the Methodist Episcopal church of Putneyville, of which both he and his wife are esteemed members. He is a member of Lodge No, 735, Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Putneyville, and Lodge No. 245, Knights of Pythias, of which latter organization he has been keeper of the records and seals since its organization in May, 1889.


From:
Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia
of Indiana and Armstrong Counties, Pennsylvania
Samuel T. Wiley, Historian & Editor
John M. Greshan & Co.
Philadelphia, 1891


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