Biography of George Brown
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GEORGE BROWN.
The changing experiences which destiny brings into every life and which to an unusual degree have given breadth to the activities of Mr. Brown brought him eventually into intimate identification with the civic development of Corona, where for eight years he discharged the duties of postmaster. While he stanchly supports Republican principles, in efficiency of labors and dispatch of business he displays no partisanship. The office was placed above party bias and conducted ably and sagaciously and for the welfare of the entire citizenship without regard to political sympathies. To this high sense of official honor may be attributed his long retention in the responsible position. The universal testimony of the citizens proved his fidelity to every duty, his promptness in carrying forward the work and his exactness in every detail.

Many of the qualities most noticeable in the character of Mr. Brown came to him as a heritage from his Canadian parents, Archibald and Mary (Rutherford) Brown, who passed their active years upon a farm in Ontario. There George Brown was born October 29, 1843, and there he learned the first lessons of life, by self reliance and industry laying the foundation of subsequent success. Not satisfied with a grammar school education, he took a high school course and in 1860 completed the studies of the latter institution, receiving a diploma at graduation. His education completed, he took up practical agriculture and aided in the cultivation of his father's farm until he was twenty six years of age. Coming at that time to the United States, he secured at Washington, D. C., a position as a messenger in the senate. After three years he resigned and started west, his first destination being at Eureka, Nev. Near that city and elsewhere in the west he engaged in prospecting for three years.

Returning to Canada about 1875, Mr. Brown settled upon the old homestead and resumed farm labors. To the comfortable farmhouse he brought his bride in September of 1885, at which time he had married Miss Nellie Austin. of Ogdensburg, N. Y. The young couple worked industriously and with some success, but the long winters and rigorous climate proved so trying that they determined to seek a more congenial climate. Accordingly in 1893 they disposed of their Canadian property and removed to California, establishing a home in a comfortable cottage at Corona, where later Mr. Brown organized the Sunset Fruit Company. Of this concern he acted as general manager until 1903, when the Republicans of the city succeeded in securing his appointment as postmaster and for eight years he concentrated his attention upon the duties connected with the position. Since 1906 he has been connected with the banking interests of Corona, becoming a stockholder in the Citizens Bank; it was changed into a savings bank upon the purchase of the First National Bank by a number of the leading men of the city. Mr. Brown also maintains an intimate association with many projects for the upbuilding of this district and through membership in the Corona Club as well as in other ways he aims to assist local enterprises of value. Aside from his connection with the blue lodge of Masonry he has no fraternal ties, but in this order he has been an interested participant in philanthropic movements. With his wife and only child, Miss Elsie D. (the latter a graduate of the Corona high school), he holds a high position in social circles and enjoys the regard of the people of the city and surrounding district.

From:
History of Riverside County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Elmer Wallace Holmes
And other well known writers
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1912


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