SOLOMON K. BROWN.-This venerable pioneer, is a native of Ohio, where he was born February 6, 1850, and is therefore
live years beyond the allotted three score years and ten. Having resided respectively in Clark, Miami and Spaulding
counties, all in Ohio, until the spring of 1847, at that time, with his wife and three children, he set out to
cross the plains to Oregon with ox teams from Independence. After a journey occupying six months and seventeen
days Mr. Brown arrived where now we have the city of Corvallis, and after a few days delay, took up the donation
claim of six hundred and forty acres, now occupied by Mr. Porter. In 1849, our subject proceeded to the gold mines
of California, bat two months hard work was sufficient to convince him that the yield of gold was not commensurate
with the labor expended, he therefore took passage to Portland from San Francisco in a brig, which ultimately made
Astoria after a voyage of seven weeks, whence the remainder of the voyage was accomplished in an Indian canoe.
Our subject now returned to his home in Benton county and there remained until April, 1850, when selling his claim
he purchased the farm of seven hundred and fifty acres, located two miles and a half southeast of Philomath, which
he now owns. About ten years ago Mr. Brown moved into the town of Philomath here he now resides, enjoying the well
earned repose which a long life of activity entitles him to. Mr. Brown has never been an aspirant for office, although
he was once elected to the office of Justice of the Peace but never qualified.
History of Benton County, Oregon
Published by: David D. Fagan
A. G. Walling, Printers, Lithograohers, Ect.
Portland, Oregon 1885
Benton County, Or
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