John R. Brown, who is living retired upon his farm in Cono township, was born in Benton county, Iowa, on the
12th of September, 1858, a son of Ebenezer S. and Martha Jane (Hoisington) Brown. The parents were both natives
of Ohio, but met and were married in Iowa. The father and the paternal grandfather of our subject were numbered
among the earliest settlers of Johnson county, this state, and some idea of the pioneer conditions that prevailed
at the time of their settlement here may be gathered from the fact that the father used the bounty money paid him
for killing timber wolves in buying land from the government. He passed away in December, 1896, and on the 1st
of August, 1897, his widow was killed in a runaway accident. They were the parents of eight children. Elizabeth,
who passed away in 1882, left a husband and three children. John R. is the next in order of birth. Mary is the
wife of Joseph Hadliska, of Johnson county. Lucinda married W. A. Crawford, of Cono township. Alexander is residing,
in Tama county. William lives in Seattle, Washington. Lois Ann married W. L. Allen, of Benton county. Joseph lives
in Conway Springs, Kansas.
John R. Brown grew to manhood under the parental roof and received a good common school education. Upon reaching
mature years he determined to make farming his life work and he has met with a large measure of success in that
occupation. He owns an excellent farm on section 2, Cono township, and still makes his home there, although he
has retired from active work, the land being cultivated by his son in law.
Mr. Brown married Miss Sophia Schuchert, and they have five children: Coila May, born September 30, 1881, married
Mardie Cronbaugh, by whom she has four children. Delfa, whose birth occurred on the 20th of August, 1884, married
Arthur Cronbaugh, by whom she has a son, and they also lost a daughter. Naomi, who was born on the 12th of February,
1892, became the wife of John Coufall, and they have a daughter Helen. Gladys was born on the 8th of August, 1896;
one died in infancy.
Mr. Brown is a republican and is ably serving as trustee of his township. He is much concerned for the welfare
of the public school system and while school director furthered its interests to the extent of his power. While
actively engaged in farming he was industrious and progressive, and the competence which he has gained is the merited
reward of persistent and well planned labor. He is not only one of the substantial men of his locality but is also
held in high esteem by all who know him, as his personal characteristics are admirable.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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