Zelora E. Brown

He had nearly completed his fifty-fourth year at the time of his death. In early life he became a member of the Baptist Church, and ever after maintained an unblemished Christian character. He located in Minneapolis, Minn., in 1870, and at once identified himself with the First Baptist Church, and until his death was active and influential in all that pertained to its temporal and spiritual welfare. He served the Church as Trustee until within a year of his death.

Integrity, force and wisdom characterized him as citizen and man of business. He exemplified the Apostle Paul’s grand ideal of the business man, “Diligent in business, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.” He belonged to that class of men whose courage, push, and wisdom have made Minneapolis what it is. He was a Christian of the most decided convictions. He held the truth with that good old Puritan grip which he inherited through his grandmother, from his great-grandsire, the renowned Elder Abram Coon, of Hopkinton, R.I.

He was frank to a fault, cheerful and tender. His wife and two sons were members with him of the First Baptist Church. They cherish in memory the devoted husband and father, the wise counselor, who was an example of Christian integrity, whose name was honorable and honored within a large circle of relatives and friends. “He rests from his labors and his works do follow him.”

Source: Bowler, N.P. 1905. Record of the Descendants of Charles Bowler. New York: Forman-Bassett-Hatch Company.


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