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                                    LEMUEL LE CLAIRE BROWN
                                         Biography
                                    Cook County, Illinois

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Information contributed for use in Cook County ILGenWeb by
        Sherri Hessick, added May 2001.



Source: Album of Genealogy and Biography, Cook County, Illinois with
Portraits 3rd ed. revised and extended (Chicago: Calumet Book & Engraving
Co., 1895), pp. 143-146



LEMUEL LE CLAIRE BROWN, an active business man of Chicago,
residing at Morgan Park, is a son of Lemuel Brown, of whom
extended mention will be found on another page of this
volume.  He was born at Le Claire, Scott County, Iowa,
October 17, 1854.  Much of his early life was spent on stock
farms at DeWitt, Iowa, and in Waubansee County, Kansas, at
which points his father was an extensive farmer and
stock-raiser.  The son was employed a great deal in herding
cattle and caring for sheep, so that his educational
opportunities were limited.  Beside the little time he
attended the common schools, he spent two terms at the
DeWitt High School.  However, nature endowed him with an
observing mind, and reading, observation, and an active
business career have provided him with an abundant stock of
general information, without which no man is properly
equipped for the battle of life.

In the summer preceding his majority, young Brown, with his
fatherís consent and blessing, set out to make his way in
the world, his capital at that time consisting of fifty
cents in money, supplemented by a stout heart and abundant
energy.  He soon made his way to Iowa, where his first
permanent employment was on the Missouri Valley & Sioux City
Railroad, the first month being spent in work as a section
hand.  He was soon transferred to a surveying party, which
laid out the approaches to the bridge across the Missouri
River at Blair, Nebraska.  One of his duties through the
summer was the carriage of the mail across the river to
Blair from Missouri Valley each morning, which was
accomplished by means of a skiff.  In the fall he went to
Lemont, in this county, and was employed by his uncle, N. J.
Brown (see biography elsewhere), as timekeeper in his
immense quarries at that point.  When the quarries closed
down for the winter, he went to Lansing, Michigan, and
pursued a course of commercial studies in the business
college there.  April 1, 1876, he returned to Lemont and was
bookkeeper and shipping clerk for his uncle until the fall
of 1877.  The following winter was spent in New York City,
and in the spring he returned to Lemont.

February 26, 1879, Mr. Brown was married to Miss Ida E.
Derby, daughter of S. L. Derby, a prominent business man of
Lemont, extended mention of whom is made in this work.  Six
of the eight children born to Mr. and Mrs. Brown survive,
namely: William L., born at Topeka, Kansas; Nathaniel J.,
Ida Belle, Sylvester L., Charlotte Augusta and Martha
Emogene.  Mr. Brown took up his residence at Morgan Park in
the spring of 1895, to give his children the benefit of the
exceptional educational opportunities of that suburb.
Soon after his marriage he went to Waubansee County, Kansas,
and engaged in cattle-raising.  The second winter after he
went there was exceptionally severe, and he lost a large
share of his herd, upon which he became discouraged and
returned to Lemont, where he became general business manager
for his uncle, continuing until the latter leased his
quarries to the Western Stone Company.  For a short time he
took charge of the quarries of the Marblehead Lime Company
at Eden, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, and has since been a
dealer in sand, gravel and building material in Chicago,
residing until recently, at Lemont.

Like his father, Mr. Brown adheres to the Methodist faith,
and has been a straightforward Republican ever since
becoming a voter.  He is in no sense a seeker of political
favors, but believes it the duty of every American citizen
to interest himself in politics, and bear his part in
securing honest and efficient government.  Being socially
inclined, he has become identified with numerous social and
benevolent orders, among which may be named Lincoln Council,
National Union, and Landmark Lodge Number 380, Knights of
Pythias, of Chicago, being a charter member of the latter
organization.  He was also among the initial members of the
Illinois Mutual Aid and of the Royal Arcanum, though not now
identified with those orders.
		



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