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Brown, W. R., was born in the town of Henderson, August 29, 1854, a son of James S. Brown. James S. was born on the homestead in Henderson which his parents, Amasa and Sally (Hopkins) Brown, had settled in 1805. He married Cornelia N. Raudell, and through life was interested in agriculture, but personally gave his attention to mercantile pursuits. In 1864 he moved to Adams, where he died in 1895. W. R. Brown was educated at Adams and Rochester, and in 1875 went to Big Rapids, Mich., and engaged in the hardware business; he returned to Adams in 1878 and engaged in the furniture and undertaking business with his father, buying his father's interest in 1888. He traveled for some years and in 1891 established his present business of boots and shoes. In 1877 he married Ella A. Coughian of Adams, and they have three children: Austin J., Cornelia H. and Lillian C. Mr. Brown has always taken an active interest in school and church work, serving as trusteee of the Baptist church for several years.

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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1898

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