CHARLES W. BROWN - While not one of the first settlers of Imperial County, Charles W. Brown of Calipatria has
the honor of being appointed the first postmaster of that place and has held the office continuously since the
town was started, April 1, 1914. Mr. Brown came to the county in 1909, and has witnessed many striking and phenomenally
rapid changes. He is now the owner of a 160 acre homestead, which has been brought up to a high state of cultivation,
and Mr. Brown is considered one of the reliable rancher of his community. He was the first man to plant a vineyard
in his locality. Charles W. Brown was born in Lamar, Missouri, October 22, 1872, a son of Charles H. and Emma (Wills)
Brown. His parents are both deceased and buried in the family plot at Lamar, Missouri. The family are of old English
origin, and the first of the Brown family to come to America was Brigham Brown, who came in the Mayflower. Mr.
Brown's father was a banker of Lamar, Missouri, and was a pioneer of that locality, but his grandfather and great
grandfather were prominent Baptist clergymen. The subject of this sketch acquired his education in the William
Jewel College of Liberty, Missouri, and the New York Military Academy, which he left at the age of twenty years.
Returning to his native town, Charles W. became identified with banking in his father's bank. He later started
the First National Bank at Tulsa, Oklahoma, which was the second bank started in the Indian Territory, and Mr.
Brown was named by the Indians "Taneha," which means a "good fellow." Remaining in Tulsa for
sixteen years, Mr. Brown came direct to Imperial County and took the position as assistant cashier of the First
National Bank of Imperial. He also served as police judge for a period of one year. Leaving Imperial, Mr. Brown
was the first man in Calipatria. Fraternally Mr. Brown is a member of the B. P. O. E. No. 946 of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
He married at Rialto, California, August 18, 1914, Babette Gage, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gagel. Mrs. Brown's
mother is deceased and is buried at Rialto, California, and her father is an orange grower of that place. Mr. Brown's
grandfather, Abel Brown, was killed as the result of a riot when he was preaching the doctrines of abolition. The
subject of this review served as captain of Company C, Second Missouri Regiment, during the Spanish-American war.
The History of Imperial County, California
Edited by: F. C. Farr
Elms and Franks, Publishers
Berkley, California 1918
Imperial County, CA
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