Biography of Charles W. Brown
Imperial County, CA Biographies





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.

From:
The History of Imperial County, California
Edited by: F. C. Farr
Elms and Franks, Publishers
Berkley, California 1918


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