Biography of Samuel M. Brown
Kings County, CA Biographies





SAMUEL M. BROWN.
The record of Mr. Brown is that of a man who by his own unaided efforts has worked his way from a modest beginning to one of comparative prominence in the community where he lives, and as a faithful and competent public official he has won and retains the sincere good will and respect of his fellow citizens. He was born in Kansas, Illinois, on the 18th day of April; 1881. Early in life he was taken by his parents to the state of Oregon, where he secured a good common school education. His first employment was with the Pacific Coast Glass Company of San Francisco, which he entered as an apprentice, and with which concern he remained for sixteen years. He had completely mastered the mechanical equipment of the plant and later was placed in charge of all machinery. In 1916 Mr. Brown became a special agent for the J. R. Watkins Products, in which capacity he came to Hanford, his territory covering Kings and a part of Tulare and Fresno counties. He continued in that business until April, 1922, when he resigned in order to accept an appointment to the police force of Hanford. He proved an efficient officer and in 1924 was appointed city marshal. This position, equivalent to that of chief of police, is a responsible one, but Mr. Brown has discharged his duties in a manner that has won him popular commendation. In addition to his police duties Mr. Brown is also city tax collector and health officer. Hanford has wisely provided for proper sanitation inspection and has also provided a city health center, with a paid trained nurse. The police force consists of one day man and two night men and this comparatively small force has adequately provided its citizens with protection and maintained good order at all times. It is worthy of note that during his entire active career Mr. Brown, has had but three employers.

Mr. Brown was married to Miss Margaret Gillian, a native of Ohio. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias; the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Woodmen of the World and the Dramatic Order of the Knights of Khorassan.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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