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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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Paul T. Brown.

Paul T. Brown was but three years of age when brought to Adair county, where he has since lived.  He now makes his home on section 18, Eureka township, adjoining Berea, and he is identified with both mercantile and agricultural pursuits.  He was born in Grundy county, Illinois, August 19, 1882, a son of Samuel and Almira (Tabler) Brown, both of whom were natives of Grundy county.  The father was a framer and cultivated a tract of land in Grundy county until 1885, when he removed with his family to Adair county and purchased four hundred acres of land in Eureka township, of which two hundred acres is now owned by Isaac Brown, while Paul T. Brown has ten acres and his brother one hundred and ninety acres.  The father improved this place and operated it until 1903, when he sold the property and went to Atlantic, Cass county, there retiring from active business life.  Indolence and idleness, however, are utterly foreign to his nature and he could not bear to be without some occupation.  He therefore purchased land in Cass county and is now again actively engaged in farming.  His wife died October 28, 1894.

Being but three years of age when his parents removed to this county, Paul T. Brown was accordingly reared and educated here and to his father he gave the benefit of his services until he reached the age of twenty years, when he went to Ohio, where he engaged in farming for a year.  He then returned home and for six years cultivated a rented farm, at the end of which time he purchased a general store in Berea and has since conducted a successful business along that line.  He also buys cream and produce and he enjoys a large patronage.  In addition he owns a fine home and ten acres of land and he is actively engaged in raising hogs.  Both branches of his business are proving profitable and bring to him a substantial financial return.

On the 18th of October, 1903, Mr. Brown was joined in wedlock to Miss Etta Smith, a daughter of Thomas T. and Paulina (Brown) Smith, the former a native of Highland county, Ohio, and the latter of Kentucky.  The parents came to Adair county, Iowa, in 1879 and Mr. Smith purchased land in Jackson township, where he carried on general farming until 1901, when he retired from active life and removed to Ohio, where he and his wife are now living at the ages of seventy-three and sixty-seven years, respectively.  Throughout the period of the Civil war Mr. Smith served as a loyal defender of the Union, going to the front with the boys in blue of Company A, Forty-eighth Ohio Infantry.  There were ten children in the Smith family, all of whom are living, and the youngest is now twenty-two years of age.

Mr. and Mrs. Brown are well known in Adair county and enjoy the warm friendship and kindly regard of many with whom they have come in contact.  He exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the republican party and keeps well informed on the questions and issues of the day, but does not seek office.  In business he is making steady progress and is meeting with well deserved success.



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