Biography of George H. Brown


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GEORGE H. BROWN, surical instrument maker, was born in Dayton, Ohio, November 6, 1833. When five years of age, his mother having died, his father moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, and there married. Here he lived until 1842, when he went to Perrysville. Ind., and engaged in the gun business up to 1854. when he moved to Danville. Ill., where he now resides. The subject of this sketch left his father's home in Perrysville, and went to Covington, Ind., where he learned the trade of a tinner. From 1851 to 1854, he worked as a journeyman at various points, and then with his father engaged in the tin and stove business at Danville, Ill., remaining with him up to 1858. He then went into partnership with James Dean in the same business at Champaign, Ill., which continued up to 1860, when he returned again with his father to Danville, Ill. In 1863 he enlisted in the United States Secret Service up to the fall of 1864, when he came to Chicago and engaged in the tin and stove business on Madison Street, rear of Franklin, which he carried on up to 1865, when, having sold out he went to Evanston and engaged in the same business until the fall of 1866, again selling out and returning to Danville, Ill. In August. 1869, he moved to Indianapolis, Ind., where he remained up to 1875, part of the time in the tin and stove business, and the balance of the time as superintendent of the mechanical department of the National Surgical Institute. In time summer of 1875, he came to Chicago, and commenced the manufacture of surgical instruments, and in 1879, to Rogers Park. where lie is now engaged in the same business. He is a trustee and steward of the Methodist Episcopal Church. and also Secretary of the Board of Trustees. He was married to Miss Mary V. Burt, of Champaign. Ill., May 9, 1860. She died April 14. 1867. leaving three children - Edwin B., Ina B. and Frederick W. He married his present wife Miss Jennette McDonald, of Lodi. Ind., September 2, 1868. They have three children - Frank Mc., Harry R. and Arthur C. Mrs. Brown's father died when she was seven years old, and her mother moved to Attica, Ind.

History of Cook County, Illinois
From the earliest period to the present time.
BY: A. T. Andreas
A. T. Andreas, Publisher
Chicago 1884.