CLYDE E. BROWN.
There is no more important relation sustained to a community than that which concerns the proper control and maintenance
of its public utilities, especially that concerning transportation, and those who so direct such a service as to
afford satisfactory accommodations to the public are benefactors. These reflections are suggested by the career
of one who forged his way to the front ranks of his profession and, by strong inherent force and superior ability,
directed and controlled by intelligence and judgment of a high order, has been recognized for a number of years
as one of the able managers of electric transportation lines in this country.
Clyde E. Brown, vice president and general manager of the San Francisco, Napa & Calistoga railroad, with headquarters
at Napa, is a native of New York state, where he was born on the 4th day of September, 1882. After receiving his
elementary education in the public schools near Syracuse, he attended Danville College, at Danville, Indiana, and
the Fayette Normal School, at Fayette, Ohio, taking the preparatory and scientific courses. He has been identified
with railroads all his active life, his first employment having been in the engineering and transportation departments
of the Baltimore & Ohio railroad. He was afterwards with the Chicago & Rock Island railroad for a time.
He then became assistant general manager of the Michigan United Railroad, with headquarters at Jackson, Michigan,
and previously was with the Chicago and Milwaukee Electric Railway. He then accepted the position of assistant
manager, in charge of purchases, of the Tallulah Falls Hydraulic Electric Company of Atlanta, Georgia, the largest
power plant of the kind below the Mason & Dixon line at the time. On February 1st, 1915, Mr. Brown came to
Napa and accepted his present position as vice president and general manager of the San Francisco, Napa & Calistoga
railroad. By his persistent, well directed efforts, coupled with sound business judgment, he succeeded in bringing
this line up to a paying basis and it is now one of the best railroad properties in northern California.
Mr. Brown is a member of the American Society of Engineers, the American Railway Engineering Association, the National
Committee of management of the American Electric Railway Association of New York and the American Society of Military
Engineers. He was largely instrumental in the organization of the Kiwanis Club of Napa, was its first district
trustee, its third president and in 1925 was lieutenant governor of the Kiwanis clubs of the California-Nevada
district. He is an active and prominent member of the Masonic order, a member of the blue lodge of that order in
Colorado, the chapter of Royal Arch Masons in Michigan, the council of Royal and Select Masters in Atlanta (Georgia),
the commandery of Knights Templar in San Francisco, the consistory of the Scottish Rite in Santa Rosa and Islam
Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, in San Francisco. He also is a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in
Napa. He is a member of the Napa Country and Golf Club and is a very popular member of the circles in which he
Mr. Brown married Miss Bermah R. Ford, who was born and reared in Fayette, Ohio, and they are the parents of two
children, Lowell F., aged fifteen years, and Leland R., aged eight years. Personally, Mr. Brown possesses a kindly
and genial disposition and is extremely well liked by all who know him. While his time and attention are largely
absorbed by his official duties he has always given his earnest support to all movements or measures for the development
and advancement of the community, for he is eminently public spirited and progressive in his tendencies.
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Napa County, CA
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