Biography of Earle W. Brown
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Earle Wayne Brown. Outstanding among the representative citizens and highly successful business men of Lorain County and North Central Ohio is Earle Wayne Brown, who is general superintendent of the National Tube Company. He was born at South Coventry, Conn., Oct. 30, 1880, the son of Howard Curtis and Lucy (Teift) Brown.

Howard Curtis Brown was born at Willimantic, Conn., and spent his entire life in New England. He was the founder of the H. C. Brown Paper Company, of East Hampton, Conn. Mr. Brown died in 1915, and is buried at Willimantic. His widow, born in New York, lives at East Hampton. Mr. Brown was a Republican and a member of the Methodist Church. To Mr. and Mrs. Brown were born four children: Curtis Palmer, who is president of the H. C. Brown Paper Company; Jessie, married George Wilcox, lives at Willimantic, Conn.; Earle Wayne, the subject of this sketch; and Helen Louise, married Dr. Williams, lives at Los Angeles, Calif.

The early education of Earle Wayne Brown was received in the public schools of East Hampton, Conn., and he is a graduate of Hilihouse Preparatory School. He received the degree of Bachelor of Science at Yale University in 1902 and the degree of Master of Engineering at the same institution in 1904. During 1903 Mr. Brown had spent some time in the blast furnace department of the Lorain Steel Company, now in the National Tube Company, and he later was appointed assistant superintendent of that department. He also held the office of superintendent of the docks and coke plants, and in 1928 was appointed assistant general superintendent of the entire plant. He has held his present responsible position as general superintendent since January, 1930.

In 1909 Mr. Brown was united in marriage with Miss Florence Suppes, the daughter of Max M. and Anne (MeConhie) Suppes, natives of Pennsylvania and New York, respectively. Mr. Suppes held the position of general superintendent of the National Tube Company for many years. Mr. and Mrs. Brown are the parents of four children: Betty, who was graduated from Miss Spence's School, New York, in 1929, lives at home; Anne, who attends Science Hill School, Shelbyville, Ky.; Earle Wayne, II, a student; and Patricia, a student.

Politically, Mr. Brown is identified with the Republican party. He holds membership in the Congregational Church, and belongs to King Solomon Lodge, F. & A. M. No. 56, Sigma Psi fraternity, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and Elyria Country Club.

From:
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931


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