Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
John W. and Lovonia (Sadler) Brownell were natives of New York who came to Allegan township in 1838 and engaged
in farming. The subject of this sketch, Charles R. Brownell, was born Feb. 25, 1841, and continued at home and
school until twenty-two years of age. lie married Clarissa A. Moon, of Van Buren Co., Mich. One (their only) child,
Horace Brownell, born April 25, 1864, was left Mr. Brownell upon the death of his wife, in september, 1868, and
is now attending college at Kalamazoo, Mich. Jan. 1, 1874, Mr. Browneil married Fidelia M. Spencer, daughter of
Simeon and Mehitable (Baker) Spencer, known as one of the pioneers of Clinton Co., Mich. In 1873 Mr. Brownell purchased
the Rabbit River Mills; previous to and since that date he has made several purchases of pine-lands, and has been
quite extensively engaged in lumbering. At the present time he is preparing to engage largely in peach-culture.
Aside from his business interests, Mr. Brownell has served his townsmen as supervisor and clerk since 1869; although
not a politician, favors the Democratic party. Is known and recognized among a large circle of acquaintances and
friends as a thorough and conscientious business man.
History of Allegan and Berry Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Their Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.