John S. Brown, who is farming successfully on section 14, Washington township, was born in Miami county, Ohio,
on the 4th of November, 1853, a son of Isaac and Anna (Delzell) Brown being one of a family of eleven children,
but two of whom survive, our subject and a brother, Stewart C. The parents, who were natives of Camden, New Jersey,
removed to Ohio, where they resided for some time, but in the fall of 1856 came with their family to Iowa and took
up their residence in Iowa county.
John S. Brown has devoted his life to farm work and has never had reason to regret his choice of an occupation
as he has gained a competence and has found the work congenial. He owns two hundred acres of excellent land on
section 14, Washington township, and follows general farming and stock raising, finding that method of procedure
more lucrative than specializing in one phase of agriculture. He is energetic, progressive and foresighted and
ranks among the most efficient farmers of his township.
Mr. Brown married Mrs. Jennie Young, widow of David Young, on the 4th of July, 1879, in Washington township. Her
father, a blacksmith by trade, was a native of West Virginia and her mother was born near Springfield, Ohio, and
in that state their marriage occurred. Mr. and Mrs. Brown have become the parents of two children. Leo J., born
June 20, 1882, married Miss Belle Beckler and to them four children were born: Lulu Belle; Kenneth Reno, who has
passed away; Veda May; and Lester Lee. Lowell D., who was born on the 21st of August, 1889, is farming in connection
with his father. The older son, who is a highly educated young man, is also devoting his time to agricultural pursuits.
He is much interested in numismatics and has one of the finest collections of coins in the state. By a former husband
Mrs. Brown had four Minnie, whose birth occurred on the t8th of April, 1866, married Harry Harris, by whom she
had a son, Arthur J. Following the demise of her first husband she became the wife of Charles Sweeney. William
married Miss Louisa Shaw and passed away in February, 1895, when twenty five years of age, leaving two children.
J. W., of Davenport, Iowa, married Miss Minnie Bagley, by whom he has one child. Charles V., of Cedar Rapids, has
been twice married. He first wedded Miss Martha Geerhart, by whom he had two children, and his second union was
with Miss Inez Knapp.
Mr. Brown is a democrat and takes a good citizen's interest in affairs relating to local government. He is identified
with the Improved Order of Red Men and with the branch of the Woodmen which provides for accident insurance. He
is one of the progressive farmers who are adding to the wealth of the county and state and who are upholding the
reputation of Iowa as one of the banner agricultural states of the Union. He is not only entitled to honor because
of his success as an agriculturist but also because of the high standard of manhood which he upholds. His life
has been guided by principles of right and justice and there has never been a question as to the integrity of his
dealings. He not only has the respect of all who know him but there are many who are his warm personal friends.
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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