Sunday, September 16, 2012

1927 Brown Family Reunion Meeting in Hudson, Ohio

I have started transcribing the minutes and associated letters and papers from the Hudson Library Collection of Owen/John Brown Family Reunions.The Reunions began in 1926 and continued through the 1960's, except for two years during WWII, due to the high cost of traveling.

Here are the minutes from the 1927 meeting.  Note that the numbers in { } are the numbering system that Dr. Clarence Gee started tracking the family with, and I have continued to use.  Please enjoy.



Minutes of the Brown Reunion


June 5, 1927


Meeting was opened by the President, John Owen Brown{B18732}of Fort Wayne, Ind., greeting all and expressing his pleasure that so many of the family were present, happy to see some new faces’ and regretting that a few were missing.
In the absence of the Secretary, Doris Brown Malone, the President called as Secretary pro tem Edna Brown Kalbrunner, {B187311} who read letters from Mrs. Nellie Lusk and Doris Brown Malone, regretting their inability to be present. Doris Malone’s letter coming from Capris, Italy, where she is now living. Also a letter from our Historian, Lydia Crothers {B18792}, regretting her absence, due to illness in her family.  She reports in the year past, no marriages, two births – daughter [Dorothy Stiles {B1873451}]to Mr. and Mrs. Newell Styles  B187345}, Washington D.C. – a son [Perry Crothers, Jr {B1879241}]to Mr. and Mrs. Perry Crothers {B187924}, Tacoma, Washington.
The grim reaper having taken four* members of our family:
Lucien Brown {B1867}, St. Andrews Fla. (son of Oliver Owen Brown {B186} – grandson of Owen {B18)
Charles P. Brown {B18422}, Akron Ohio (Son of Jason {B1842} – grandson of John {B184})
Charles Brown {B18632} (Son of Lemual Brown {B1863}– grandson of Oliver {B186})
Lucien Brown {B18XIII1}, Portland, Oregon (Son of Edward Brown {B18XIII} – grandson of Owen {B18})

She also reports on Decoration Day – she stood beside the graves of Grandfather Frederick Brown {B187} and father Salmon Brown {B1879} in the Kilbourn, Wis. Cemetery. Her grandfather died in 1877 and she has only a few remembrances of him, but many of his expressions were often repeated by her father, the one “Filled with pardonable pride” comes to her and it applies very well in speaking of our ancestry. She also recalled how her father looked singing “Land where my fathers dies, land of the Pilgrims pride,” and she realized the ownership he felt.
She thinks to, we should instruct our children in our family history that they may be filled with pardonable pride in their ancestors service to this our country, and in this way help safe guard their integrity.
There also was a letter from Mrs. F B Alexander {B18412} of Put-in-Bay who is the daughter of John Brown {B1841} the eldest son of Captain John Brown {B184} and Wealthy Hotchkiss Brown, thanking Mrs. Shiley for her kind invitation and owing to business reasons she would be unable to be with us. She also states that John Brown {B1841} came to Put-in-Bay after the insurrection at Harpers Ferry and that she, Mrs. Alexander, was born, married and is still living in the same house.
Two interesting papers were read. One was the story of the life of Owen Brown {B18}, early settler of Hudson, by himself for his daughter Marion Brown Hand {B189}, and was a wonderful description of the hardships endured after the Revolution and yet the devote attitude which over came and helped bear all the trials.
The other paper was an accurate description of the John Brown home on the lane, connecting two main roads, this home is still standing.
Both papers may be had from the Secretary for inspection.
Mr. Charlie Brown {B18731} then moved the date for this annual reunion be changed from the first Sunday in June to the last Sunday in June, and his motion was adopted.
Mrs. Aura Styles requested we express our appreciation by letter to our absent Historian Lydia Crothers {B18792}, and the Secretary was so instructed.
Our President called on Mr. A N Waite who gave us a very interesting and humorous talk on the apprenticeship of his grandfather to Owen Brown, he also told us that the staircase which stands in the home now occupied by the Snedon family in Hudson was built by John Brown himself.
Rev. John Logan Lindlay of the Congregational Church of Hudson then told us that Owen Brown {B18}was a charter member of his church, and because of this connection he was very much interested in the Brown family, and wondered where the family Bible given to Lawrence Pease by Owen Brown was, and he expressed a desire to see it returned to the Brown family. He also suggested we assume care of the Brown graved in the Hudson Cemetery. He further extended an invitation to us to attend the 125th anniversary of Hudson, beginning September 4, 1927 with morning services at his Church.
Mrs. Elizabeth Rogers Miller, who now lives in the Old John Brown home in Hudson extended an initiation to us to her home.
The following officers were elected for the ensuing year:
President                     John Owen Brown {B18732}
Vice Pres                     Mrs. Eliza Lavina Reed
2nd Vice Pres               Salmon Brown
Secretary                     Edna Brown Kalbrunner {B187311}
Assistant                     Isabel Brown  {B187913}
Historian                     Lydia Crothers  {B18792}
Assistant                     Mrs. Flora Bartsche {B18XIII2}

Our President requested we sing “God be with you ‘till we meet again” which we did, and after all together repeating Mizpah, we adjourned, and accepting the kind invitation of Mr. and Mrs. Earl John Johnson, who now occupy the John Brown Farm, we walked down the roadway to their home, where we saw the site of the old tannery, the old burial vault, the deed to this vault in Mrs. Johnson’s possession, the old home and all had a drink of cool water from the old, old well.
After which we returned to the Hine Home to bid adieu to each other and to thank our kind host and hostess for our very happy day.
                        Signed
Edna Brown Kalbrunner
                                    Secretary

*Additional deaths are list at the end of the minutes. They must have been announced at the meeting.

Doris Jeannette Brown {B186325}– daughter of Charles S {B18632} and Hannah Brown,    Died Jan 22, 1927, aged 28 years

Charles Stores Brown {B18632} – son of Lemuel Stores {B1863} and Julia Brown       Died March 31, 1927 aged 65 years

Both are buried in Lakewood Park Cemetery Cleveland Ohio

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