Biography of Ira Brown
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BROWN, IRA.- Born at Perry sburg, Ohio, in 1835. His father, Ira Brown, a native of New York State, was one cf the earliest settlers of Ohio. He was the son of Ephraim Brown, who died in the service of the country in the war of 1812; the famiJy passed through all the experiences incident to early life in the west, making the usual number of moves from point to point, until finally settling near I)efiance, Ohio, where his father engaged in farming on an extensive scale. He is now over 90 years of age. Ira Brown, Jr., attended school in Defiance, afterward working on the farm; when a mere boy he left his home, arriving in Chicago on March 9, 1854. This city had then a population of about 25,000, and the new arrival had less than $4 in his pocket. Stopping at the American hotel he made himself useful in minor capacities, and later became night clerk, gradually drifting into the real estate business, for which he seemed to be especially qualified, and from his boyhood to the present time has been prominently identified with the real estate business of Chicago and its suburbs. He was the founder of the system which has given homes to hundreds of thousands of industrious people on what is known as the easy payment or monthly payment plan, and has built up many of the most thriving and most beautiful of the suburbs. He is a member of the board of trustees of one of the leading banks, and a large stock holder in the Title & Trust company; has been identified with many charitable and religious movements; is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church of Evanston, the suburb in which he resides, and was one of the trustees of that town. He has been a most liberal donor to the Northwestern University at Evanston; was the founder and builder of the Ada street church of Chicago; was one of the movers in inaugurating the famous Desplaines camp meetings; and, although a Methodist, he has done much toward the establisment of the Independent church, of which Dr. H. W. Thomas is pastor. In politics he has been a republican since he cast his first vote for John C. Fremont. Ira Brown is through and through a secret society man, belonging to the Masons, Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias, Encampment and Du Page Valley Council of the National Union. He went to Salt Lake city and instituted the first K. of P. lodge of Utah territory in 1872. He loves fast horses and his barn in Wheaton contains many blooded animals of value. Has one child, a daughter, 16 years of age; is recognized as an able, conscientious and energetic citizen, and a typical Chicagoan. He has never lacked faith in the future of this city, and has done much toward its upbuilding,

The Handbook of Chicago Biography
Edited by John J Flinn.
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