Obit: Brown, Peter (1856 - 1933)

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Surnames: Brown, Vornholt, King, Buss, Hemphill, Hommel, Krause, Stoffel, Counsell, Taylor, Kuechenmeister, Wenzel, Spencer, Rudduck, Selves, Howard

----Sources: Neillsville Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) 21 Dec. 1933

Brown, Peter (8 May 1856 - *16 Dec. 1933)* Could be off

Funeral services for Peter Brown, one of Neillsville’s oldest residents, whose death occurred at 2 p.m. Saturday; were held Tuesday at 2p.m. from the Lowe Funeral Home, Rev. E. H. Vornholt conducting the rites. Burial was made in the Neillsville cemetery.

Peter Brown, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Brown, was born may 8, 1856 at Stevens Point, and came to Clark County in 1864, settling with his parents on a farm in the town of Grant on land which his grandfather, Jacob Brown, had homesteaded.

In 1890 Mr. Brown married to Miss Lucy King, two sons, Ben, postmaster of this city, and Frank, jeweler, being born to this union. The two sons and Mrs. Brown and two grandchildren survive. Mr. Brown is also survived by one sister Mrs. Joe Buss of the town of Grant. One sister and three brothers preceded him in death.

Mr. and Mrs. Brown sold their farm in 1907, coming to Neillsville where they have since made their home. About a year after taking up their residence here Mr. Brown began his employment as caretaker of the W. L. Hemphill home on South Hewett Street, a position he held until about four years ago.

Mr. Brown was a good citizen, a man of quiet disposition, high character and industrious habits. Throughout his life his hobby was work and he was happiest when engaged in some task. He remained employed until forced to retire because of ill health four years ago. Mr. Brown, whose illness began nearly six years ago, was a patient and uncomplaining sufferer. For the past year he was confined to his home, most of his time being spent in bed. Despite his condition Mr. Brown remained mentally alert and took keen interest in the affairs of his home and community.

When Mr. Brown moved to Clark County Neillsville’s main street was merely a cow path with stumps standing along the highway. He recalled many interesting episodes in the City’s development. For sixteen winters and springs he worked in the lumber camps and took part in the log drives down the streams. Mr. Brown was a bunkmate of the late J. W. (Tom) Hommel in the Coleman logging camp.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Gust Krause, William Stoffel, Joe Counsell, Dave Taylor, Clemens Kuechenmeister and Anton Wenzel.

Those from away who attended the funeral were Mrs. Brown’s sister, Mrs. A. Spencer, Milwaukee, who came up with Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Rudduck, Tom Selves, Colby, Mrs. John Howard, St. Paul.



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