Funeral Services

Over the Remains of the Late Z.E. Brown

At the First Baptist Church yesterday occurred the funeral services over the remains of Z.E. Brown, who died recently in California, where he had gone in the hope of recovering his health. The church was well filled with old acquaintances and friends of the deceased and his family. Rev. W.T. Chase, D.D., pastor of the church, led the services and paid an eloquent tribute to the memory of the deceased, who was a member of the First Baptist Church, a conscientious and hard-working Christian and excellent citizen. The minister spoke particularly of how much Mr. Brown did toward forming the Young Men’s Christian Association in this city. He characterized him as a frank, open-hearted, Christian man, who faithfully did the right as he saw it.

Rev. Mr. Manton, of Richfield, an old friend of the deceased, followed Mr. Chase and spoke of the glory of a death that comes after a life of usefulness and honor. The life of the deceased furnished the text for an eloquent sermon.

In attendance at the church were 16 young men from the State University, who are members of the same society as Walter Brown, son of Z.E. Brown.

The casket was metallic, draped in black, and was furnished by Warner & Co., which firm conducted the funeral. On it in the church rested a beautiful floral pillow, marked in rosebuds with the word “Father.” Besides these were a handsome basket of flowers, an upright cross, a sickle and a sheaf. The pallbearers were T.K. Gray, E.G. Cook, N.F. Griswold, C.G. Rollins, Allen Hill, B.F. Haseltine, E.H. Steele and S.S. Small.

After the services at the church a long line of carriages followed the remains to Lakewood cemetery, where they were deposited in a vault.


The chamber of commerce has adopted the following resolutions on the death of Zelora E. Brown:

Resolved. That the chamber of commerce learns with regret of the death of one of its early members, Zelora E. Brown, which occurred in California on Jan. 29, 1888. Mr. Brown was an active and enterprising business man, and an excellent citizen, ever alive to the best interests of our city and its people, and his labors will be greatly missed.

Resolved. That the sympathy of our members be extended the family of the deceased, and that these resolutions be spread upon the records of the chamber.

Geo. B. Kirkbride,

G.D. Rogers,

O.P. Carter.

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune, February 8, 1888.

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