Some Short Business Items

Hobart O. Hamlin and Zelora E. Brown, (under the firm name of Hamlin & Brown), will open their Real Estate, Insurance & Loan office at room No. 2, Centre Block, over the National Exchange Bank, Monday, April 2d next. (Minneapolis Star Tribune, March 26, 1877)

The new auto shop of John Rorick is nearly completed and will soon be ready for use. The new structure is of brick and is an addition to the appearance of the street. (San Bernardino, September 13, 1907)

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Husband of Caledonia Native Taken in Death

Word has been received here of the death in Cambridge, Mass., of Prof. Walter Rollo Brown, 76, husband of a former Caledonia woman. A native of Ohio, he was a lecturer, author and college teacher. His death occurred in his home and funeral services were conducted Monday at the Congregational Church in Cambridge. Mrs. Brown was before her marriage Miss Ella Brocklesby.

Born March 15, 1880, near Crooksville, Prof. Brown was a son of Alexander and Roselba Search Brown. After graduation from Ohio Northwestern University he taught at Wabash College in Indiana, Carleton College in Minnesota and Harvard University at Cambridge. His marriage was Sept. 6, 1905. Among the many books he wrote are “Dean Briggs,” Creative Spirt [sic], “The Hillikin” and “The Hills Are Strong.”

Surviving with his widow are nieces and nephews including Rev. Burl Brown of Grafton, O. Two brothers preceded him in death.

Source: The Marion Star, October 16, 1956.

Noted Lecturer Visits In City

Rollo Walter Brown, one of Perry county’s distinguished native sons, was in this city yesterday and visited via phone with Tom Berkshire, a member of the Times-Recorder staff. The noted writer and lecture was on his way to New Concord, to spend Monday and Tuesday at Muskingum college presenting a series of lectures and meeting with any of the students interested in creative writing.

Brown has had, in the words of one educations, a “disturbingly vivid careers.” Born on a hillside farm near Crooksville he worked in mines and potteries and had visions of becoming an inventor, but at 17 he discovered Victor Hugo, Defoe and Byron and the spirit of invention surrendered another recruit to the spirit of literature.

After completing his high school education, Brown found employment in Zanesville and then went on to college, receiving and AB from Ohio Northern and his MA at Harvard. After years of successful teaching at Wabash, Carleton and Harvard he turned exclusively to writing.

His literary reputation was made with his biography of Dean Briggs of Harvard. For years he has spent six months of each year at the McDowell Colony at Peterborough, N.H., where most of his writing is done. There he has been in contact with many of the great literary figures of the time and his “Next Door to a Poet,” a memoir of Edwin Arlington Robinson his friend and neighbor, added much to the general knowledge of this strange shy genius. Other books include four novels laid in the Perry county locale, and special studies such as “Lonely Americans, ” “I Travel by Train,” and his latest book “Harvard Yard in the Golden Age.” The last is a collection of short biographies of Charles Eliot, William James, James Royce, George Santayana and other notable men associated with the University. He is also a contributor to the Atlantic Monthly.

The time not spent in writing is devoted to lecture tours such as the one that brings him to Muskingum. He has traveled over the whole of the United States, lecturing before college audiences and holding conferences for students interested in creative writing. At his first appearance at Muskingum, Berkshire’s coverage of his lecture so impressed Brown that he contacted the local man, with the result that a firm friendship has been established and Berkshire is the proud possessor of several autographed first editions of Brown’s books.

The lectures at Muskingum are open to the public as part of the college lyceum program.

Source: Zanesville Times-Recorder, October 30, 1951.

Former Minneapolis Attorney is Dead

Clarence Z. Brown, 69, Los Angeles, Calif., former Minneapolis attorney, died last night in Kansas City of a cerebral hemorrhage.  He was on a trip to the east.

He and his brother, Walter R. Brown, also of Los Angeles, were law partners here more than 30 years.

Source:  Minneapolis Star, November 11, 1941.

 

Oldtimer is Recent Guest at Irvington

Irvington, Oct. 17—Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Brown, Los Angeles, who, en route to Minneapolis, recently visited the H.E. Rists at Algona, also drove through this vicinity.  Clarence is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Zelora Brown, who lived here many years ago.  The browns lived in a house which then stood, with many other buildings, east of the tracks in a field now farmed by Richard Leigh.  Zelora, now a resident of Minneapolis, also ran a store here.  Mrs. Zelora Brown was a sister of the late Dr. J.R. Armstrong, who is so well remembered and often recalled by the older residents here.  Doctor Armstrong, besides being the sole physician here at that time, also taught school was superintendent of the Sunday school.  The late J.B. Robison was one of his pupils.  Doctor Armstrong built and lived in the house now occupied by the Richard Leighs.  Later they moved to the property now owned by the U.B. Frankel’s, where the doctor died.  Mr. Brown said things did not look familiar here; so many buildings have either been moved, torn down, or remodeled.

Source:  Kossuth County Advance, October 19, 1933.

Perita Sanborn & Clarence Z. Brown

A wedding that took place this week in Kansas City will add to the number of brides who have come to Minneapolis during the winter to make their home.  The marriage of Miss Perita Sanborn to Clarence Zelora Brown was solemnized Tuesday, Jan. 16, in the Christian church, Kansas City.  The wedding was remarked for its charm of appointments and the interest attached.  The appointments were in green and white, and the church was embowered in tropical foliage, where palms thickly covered the altar and a sheaf of Easter lilies lay on the lectern.  A tangle of wild smilax enwreathed the organ loft and the gallery rail was festooned with smilax.

Preceding the entrance of the bridal party, which includes six ushers and six bridesmaids, Mrs. S.S. Gunlack sang “Amorita,” a favorite selection of the bridal pair.  The Lohengrin chorus played by Herbert Sisson at the organ, announced the coming of the bridal train.  The users were Messrs. Roy Sanborn, Orla Severance, William McCrum, Robert Brockett, Fred Mertsheimer, William Stevens; the maids attending were Misses Edith McQuaid, Lelia Mather, Myrtle Scott, Edith Branhan, Anna Kirk, Evan Harris, all Kansas City young people.  The maids were dressed in white organdie over green silk, the skirts finished with deep accordeon [sic] pleated flounce with tiny ruches at the foot.  The waists were tucked all over, had lace yokes tucked sleeves, and were finished with filmy white fichus of liberty silk.  The all carried arm bouquets of America Beauty roses.

Two little Greenaway maids in long high-waisted white frocks, their hair piled high on their heads and falling in curls before their ears, preceded the maid of honor, carrying baskets of flowers.  Miss Allie Hurley was maid of honor.  She was simply gowned in white and carried a bouquet of maiden hair ferns.

The bride entered with her father and wore a gown of lustreless [sic] white satin draped with an over skirt of lace.  A lace bolero trimmed the bodice, the lace on the waist and skirt having adorned the wedding gown of the bride’s mother.  A long veil of brussels [sic] net was fastened with a sunburst of diamonds, a gift of the bridegroom.  The bride’s bouquet was lilies of the valley and orchids.  The bridegroom was attended by Frank H. Morrill, Minneapolis, as best man.  Rev. Dr. Combs performed the ceremony.  At the close of the ceremony, which had proceeded to musical accompaniment, the flower girls receded before the bridal pair scattering rose petals in their path.

A wedding supper followed at the residence of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Sanborn.  White carnations and roses furnished the floral decoration.  The bride presented fleur-de-lis pins to her maids and small gold lockets to the flower girls.  Mr. Brown gave his groomsmen silver matchsafes and his best man a gold matchsafe.

The wedding trip upon which Mr. and Mrs. Brown left during the evening and which they are now enjoying, will occupy over two months, and will lie through Old Mexico and California, where they will spend a month at Coronado Beach.  They will arrive in Minneapolis in April, and will be at the “The Trossachs,” Lake Minnetonka, during the summer.

Among the guests were Mrs. Z.E. Brown, mother of the bridegroom, and Mrs. Kremer.  Mark Ewing and Fritz Rumsey, St. Louis; Miss Mayme Bagley, Duluth, and Miss Edith McQuaid, Des Moines, were also guests.

Source:  Minneapolis Star Tribune, January 28, 1900.

Perita Sanborn & Clarence Z. Brown

Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Sanborn of Kansas City have issued invitations for the wedding of their daughter, Miss Perita Sanborn, to Clarence Z. Brown of this city, son of the late Z.E. Brown, which will take place in Kansas City, Tuesday, Jan. 16. The bride has spent several summers at Lake Minnetonka and has many friends in Minneapolis.

Source: Minneapolis Journal, January 6, 1900.

Perita Sanborn & Clarence Z. Brown

A wedding in which a number of Minneapolis people were interested occurred Tuesday, Jan. 16, in Kansas City, when Miss Perita Sanborn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Sanborn, and Clarence Zelora Brown of Minneapolis, were married. It was a church wedding and decorations and appointments were in green and white. There were six ushers, Roy Sanborn, Orla Severance, Will McCrum, Robert Brockett, Fred Merisheimer, Will Stevens, and the same number of bridesmaids, Misses Edith McQuaid, Leila Mather, Myrtle Scott, Edith Dranham, Anna Kirk and Eva Harris. Their gowns were of white organdie [sic] over green silk. The long skirts were finished with accordion pleating and the tucked waists had fichus of white liberty silk. They all carried arm bouquets of American Beauty roses. The two little flower girls, in short waisted white frocks, were Margery Lambeth and Rose Mayhugh. Miss Allie Hurley was maid of honor and was in white with a bouquet of ferns. The bride entered with her father. She wore white silk, the skirt and bodice trimmed with the lace that had been on her mother’s wedding gown. A long tulle veil was held in place by a sunburst of diamonds, the gift of the bridegroom, and her flowers were white orchids and lilies of the valley. The bridegroom and his best man, Frank Morville, of Minneapolis, met the bride at the altar, where the service was read by Rev. Dr. Combs. A wedding supper followed at the home of the bride’s parents. Mr. and Mrs. Brown will take an extended wedding journey through Old Mexico and California, spending a month at Coronado Beach, Cal. They will be at home at “The Trossachs,” Lake Minnetonka, after June 1. Among the guests were Mrs. Z.E. Brown, Mrs. Kremer of Minneapolis and Miss Mayme Bagley of Duluth.

Source:  Minneapolis Journal, January 27, 1900.