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The 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.

The 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. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011