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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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Allen R. Brown.

Allen R. Brown is a prominent stockman of Adair county.  His home on section 30, Eureka township, comprises two hundred and eighty acres of valuable land devoted to grain raising and to live-stock interests.  He came to Adair count in early manhood from his old home in Illinois, of which state he is a native, his birth having occurred in Grundy county, July 26, 1863.  He is a son of John and Sarah (Andrews) Brown.  The father, a native of England, was a hatter by trade and worked along that line in England until 1848, when he came to America, accompanied by his wife, who was also born on the "merrie isle."  They settled in Newark, New Jersey, where Mr. Brown again worked at the hatter's trade until 1855, when he went to Illinois and purchased farm land in Grundy county, there carrying on general agricultural pursuits until his death, which occurred in 1866.  His widow survived him for more than four decades and died in Grundy county in 1908.

Allen R. Brown attended school in Illinois and remained at home to the age of twenty-three years.  After his marriage he followed farming in his native state near the old homestead for two years.  Later he came to Adair county and rented land in Eureka township for five years.  He next purchased one hundred and sixty acres on section 30, where his son now resides, and upon that farm he continued to make his home until the fall of 1913, when he removed to his present residence not far from the old home.  He is now engaged in farming two hundred and eighty acres of land and raises considerable grain.  He likewise makes stock-raising an important feature of his place and is breeding Hampshire hogs and Aberdeen Polled Angus cattle.  In connection with his brother, Isaac Brown, and others, in 1900 he organized the Berea Horse Company, under the firm style of A. R. Brown & Company.  They purchased an imported stallion and since that time have been engaged in breeding horses.  They have a stable in the village of Berea and are now owners of Baba 41824 (60746), imported from France in 1907 --- a most splendid Percheron; and also two mammoth jacks --- Major Domo N. 474 and Shy James No. 4444.

On the 14th of March, 1889, Mr. Brown was united in marriage to Miss M. Jennie Pierce, a daughter of Dr. A. M. and Harriet M. (Frost) Pierce.  The father was born in Whitehall, New York, and became a physician and surgeon, being graduated from the Hay-Henman College of New York.  The mother was a native of Vermont.  They removed westward to Morris, Illinois, where Dr. Pierce passed in 1885, while his wife survived until 1891 and also passed away in Morris.  Mr. and Mrs. Brown have become the parents of five children.  Zort, who was born March 2, 1890, was married in 1912 to Miss Cora Brown, and they have one child, Zort Allen, born March 17, 1914.  Zilpha G. was born June 2, 1893.  Armandine, born May 27, 1897, is attending the high school at Anita.  Allegra J., born June 28, 1901, is also a student in the Anita high school.  Harriet S., born June 7, 1909, is a pupil in the Lone Tree school of Eureka township.  The eldest son is living upon the old home place and assists his father in carrying on the farm work.

In politics Mr. Brown is independent, voting for men and measures rather than any party.  He served as school director for several terms in his home district and he is interested in those things which pertain to the welfare and development of his community.  He has never desired public office, however, but devotes his entire attention to his farming and business interests, which, capably managed, have placed him on the plane of affluence.



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