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west has become endeared to Mr. Brown through the associations of a
lifetime. Born in the state of Nevada, reared in Oregon and identified
with California ever since early manhood, he represents all that is
progressive, resourceful and alert in the vast region west of the
Rockies. Mental attainments conspicuously rich and social qualities
pre-eminently attractive have brought him influence in local affairs and
especially in the order of Masons, whose organization he has served with
tact as past master of the blue lodge, past high priest of the Royal
Arch chapter and past thrice illustrious master in the council, meantime
utilizing these offices as avenues for the exercise of generous
philanthropies and the other worthy measures that form the unwritten
creed of the order.
family residence was at Virginia City, Nev., for some years and during
that time occurred the birth of Egbert Alfred Brown, September 20, 1878.
In very early life he was taken to Oregon by his parents and there he
attended the common schools, completing his education in text-books,
although since then he has been a constant reader and thoughtful
observer, thereby greatly broadening his fund of information. "When
in 1895 he accompanied his mother to Sacramento he secured employment as
clerk in a department store and continued there for some time. During
1898 he entered the California State Bank as an office assistant,
beginning in the institution at the lowest salary and in the most humble
capacity of any of the employes. However, he soon proved his worth and
rose by gradual promotions to the position of assistant cashier. When
the bank surrendered its charter and became merged into the present
institution, the California National Bank, he remained as a trusted
employe and still holds the position of assistant cashier.
The comfortable home of Mr. Brown is brightened by the presence of his three children, Eleanor, Phoebe and Oliver. His wife, who was Miss Pearl Jackson, is a native daughter of California and a member of an honored pioneer family of Sacramento. Her father, Oliver Jackson, for many years held the office of chief of police in Sacramento. Mr. Brown's grandfather, George Bruce, for a long period acted as landlord of the Bruce house in this city. As early as 1852 he crossed the plains accompanied by his young wife and settled in Sacramento, whose gradual growth he. helped to promote by his own energetic and capable business efforts. In the annals of the city his name holds a place of prominence as that of a loyal pioneer. Supplementing the labors which gave him prominence in the frontier era, his grandson, Egbert A. Brown, supports the measures which he believes to be best adapted to the permanent welfare of the community and in politics gives steadfast allegiance to the Republican party, while fraternally he has membership with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows in addition to his identification with the Masons previously mentioned. The Episcopal Church receives his generous support in its maintenance and charitable efforts and for years he has been one of its communicants in the Sacramento parish.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011