Biography of Robert Sivewright Brown


Brown, Robert Sivewright, Buffalo, was born at Bathurst, New Brunswick, Mirimachi county, Lower Provinces of Canada, of Robert and Carolina Elizabeth Sivewright Brown, on the 30th day of January, 1865, and has resided in Buffalo on Hagerman street, in what is known as the Hydraulic, since 1870. He received his education in the old public school No. 5 on Seneca street, passing as far through as the second grade when had to leave to go to work in 1877, at the age of twelve years, starting as newsboy and bootblack, and while such had as customers the Hon. Grover Cleveland, Hon. Lyman K. Bass, Wilson S. Bissell, Robert C. Titus, Mark Hubbell, present city clerk of Buffalo, and others. His first business experience was in the tannery of Hartwell Bowen, where he remained for about two years. and then went to work as waiter, learning it in the employ of Charles Huber, in the Model Coffee House, where he remained until 1883, when he then learned the trade of paper hanging and decorating, which trade he has followed ever since, working for the house of Adams & Allen, 616 Main street, Buffalo. In 1894 he formed a copartnership with John J. McKenna and went into business under the firm name of Brown & McKenna, dealers in fine wall papers and mouldings. at 702 Swan street, Buffalo. Starting by carrying a stock at Mr. Brown's house and having a show room 10 by 12, with plate glass front on Swan street, they now occupy a store on the same location, 20 by 50, and carrying a large stock of the finest grades of paper. In 1889 he married Mary L. Couburn of Buffalo, born in 1872, and were blessed with four children, of which one (Hazel Gertrude Brown) is now living, being four years of age.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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