Sidney P. Brown, M. D. - One of the prominent representatives of the medical profession in St. Lawrence County
is Dr. Brown of Potsdam, who has engaged in practice there for more than 35 years. He was born at New Berlin, N.
Y., June 12, 1870, the son of Hiram and Angeline (Pope) Brown.
Hiram Brown was born at New Berlin, and successfully engaged in the manufacture of cheese and butter there until
1890. He then located at Potsdam, where he died in 1918. Mr. Brown was a Republican and held membership in the
Presbyterian Church. His wife died in 1908. They were the parents of the following children: Two died in infancy.
3. Nellie D. Henderson, who died in 1899. 4. Duane, who died in 1902. 5 and 6. Burton and Bertha, twins. The former
lives at Adams. 7. Elizabeth, who died in 1890. 8. Mary Myers, who died in 1924. 9. Sidney P., the subject of this
sketch. 10. L. R., lives at Cleveland, Ohio.
Sidney P. Brown received his early education at New Berlin. He was graduated from Potsdam State Normal School in
1891 and received the degree of Doctor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 1894. With the exception
of the World War period, when he served in France, Dr. Brown has been located in practice at Potsdam. He enlisted
in July, 1917, and served as a first lieutenant, U. S. Medical Corps, attached to the 32nd division. His company
participated in active service at the front and later served in Germany with the Army of Occupation. He was discharged
in June, 1919.
Dr. Brown was married (first) in 1896 to Miss Ruby Welch, of Hammond, N. Y., the daughter of David and Alice Welch.
To them were born two children: 1. Alice, born in 1898, a graduate of Potsdam State Normal School, married Clemment
C. Coleman, and they have a son, William Coleman. 2. Gary M., born in 1920. Dr. Brown was married (second) in 1928
to Miss Pauline Forrester, of Hammond, the daughter of Alton W. and Margaret (Henderson) Forrester. The former
resides at Chippewa Bay, N. Y. The latter died in 1920.
Dr. Brown is a member of the Presbyterian Church and is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge, Modern Woodmen of America,
and Independent Order of Forresters. He also belongs to the American Legion. He has served as local health officer
and county coroner and holds membership in the St. Lawrence County, New York State, and American Medical Association.
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