Biography of Clarence A. Brown
Jefferson County, NY Biographies





Clarence A. Brown. - As president of the Hygienic Dairy Company, Mr. Brown is prominently associated with the business life of Watertown. He was born at Lorraine, N. Y., Feb. 25, 1886, the son of Henry M. and Ella (Caulkins) Brown.

Henry M. Brown, deceased, was a member of one of the first families of Lorraine, where he was born April 21, 1836. He was a farmer and a large land owner, and died at Lorraine, March 31, 1914. He was a Democrat and held membership in the Baptist Church, which was built on part of the original Brown homestead. His wife was born at Lorraine and resides at Syracuse, N. Y. Their children were: Elizabeth M., married Merritt C. Welbanks, lives at Syracuse; Henry M., Jr., lives at Utica, N. Y.; Clarence A., the subject of this sketch ; Clara, deceased, twin sister of Clarence A ; and Florence, married James W. Hyde, lives at Utica.

Henry M. Brown was the son of Hon. Aaron and Betsy (Burpee) Brown. The former was born in Connecticut in 1785 and the latter was a native of Vermont. Aaron Brown was a son of Ebenezer Brown, who was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. Betsy Burpee Brown was the first school teacher in the town of Lorraine (1807). She was a daughter of Ebenezer Burpee, who also served in the Revolutionary War. Aaron Brown was among the first settlers of Lorraine, N. Y., and lived there from 1805 until his death in May, 1870. The homestead farm, as cleared from a dense woods and developed by Aaron Brown, was owned and occupied by him from 1805 to 1870; Henry Martin Brown, father of Clarence A. Brown, lived on the place from 1870 to 1915 and Clarence A. Brown from 1915 to date. Aaron Brown served throughout the War of 1812. He was a Democrat in politics, and in 1829 served as a member of the Assembly at Albany.

Clarence A. Brown grew up on his father's farm and attended the public schools of Lorraine and Adams High School until 1905. He was associated in farming and lumber business with his father until 1911, at which time he became interested in the mail order paint business. Mr. Brown came to Watertown in January, 1917, as president of the Hygienic Dairy Company. This business, organized in November, 1916, with headquarters in Watertown, has had a phenomenal growth, and since Mr. Brown's association with it the following affiliations have been established: Northern Milk Corporation of Adams, N. Y., built in conjunction with H. E. Machold and Herman C. Lange, of New York, Nov. 1, 1927, with Mr. Brown as treasurer and country manager; Hygienic Dairy Company of Cape Vincent, N. Y., established Sept. 1, 1928, with Mr. Brown as president and treasurer; and Northeastern Milk Corporation of Ogdensburg, N. Y., on April 1, 1929, with Mr. Brown as president and treasurer. He is also a director of the Northern New York Trust Company, of Watertown, and the Farmers National Bank of Adams. He is vice president and director of the New York State Milk Distributors Association.

In 1911 Mr. Brown married Miss Florence E. Rice, the daughter of Arthur L. and Carrie (Englehardt) Rice, the former a native of Henderson Harbor, N. Y., and the latter of Watertown. Mr. Rice died Oct. 10, 1920, and his widow lives at Adams. Mr. and Mrs. Brown have two sons: Clarence A., Jr., born Dec. 17, 1913; and Arthur Henry, born Aug. 9, 1917.

Mr. Brown holds membership in the First Presbyterian Church, and is affiliated with Rising Sun Lodge, F. and A. M., No. 213, Adams Chapter, R. A. M., vice president of the Rotary Club, and a member of Black River Valley Club. He has always been a Republican in politics.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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