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                                     JULIAN A. LE BRUN
                                    Cook County, Illinois


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. 91-92

JULIAN ALBERT LE BRUN, one of the faithful and capable
public officials of Cook County, was born at Columbus, Ohio,
November 8, 1838.  He is the only son of Prof. Thomas F. Le
Brun and Rebecca Duncan.  Thomas F. Le Brun was born in
York, Engand [sic].  He received a musical education, and
while still a young man came to America.  He first located
at Buffalo, New York, where he played the violin for a time
in the orchestra of the Eagle Street Theater.  He
subsequently removed to Columbus, Ohio, and visited various
other cities, performing in numerous orchestras.  In 1850 he
became a resident of Chicago, and organized the first
theatrical orchestra in the city.  His first engagement was
with John B. Rice, and he afterward played at McVicker’s and
other leading playhouses, becoming one of the best-known
violin performers in the West.  He died in Chicago, on the
8th of October, 1884, at the age of seventy-nine years.
Mrs. Rebecca Le Brun died in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, about
1855, at the age of forty years.  She was born in Yorkshire,
England, and came to America with her father, Robert Duncan.
The latter became interested in shipping on the Erie and
Illinois Canals, and later on the Great Lakes, where he
owned several vessels.  He first made his home in Buffalo,
but soon removed to Chicago, where his death occurred in
1863.  Besides Julian A., Mr. and Mrs. Le Brun were the
parents of a daughter, Frances, now the wife of Thomas
Powell, of Chicago.

The subject of this sketch was a small boy when the family
located in Chicago, where he was educated at the public
schools.  At the age of sixteen years he secured employment
in a billiard-room, and a few years later went to Milwaukee
and opened a billiard-room in Young’s Block, at the corner
of Main and Wisconsin Streets.  He was thus employed when
the War of the Rebellion broke out, and soon after the
beginning of hostilities he enlisted as a member of the
Third Wisconsin Battery of Artillery.  He served nearly two
years in the Army of the Ohio.  In common with many of his
comrades, he was afflicted with chronic diarrhśa, which kept
him in a hospital a considerable portion of the time.

After his discharge from the service he returned to Chicago,
and in 1865 was appointed to a position in the County
Recorder’s office.  His duty was that of folio writer, but
after a few years he was promoted to the position of index
clerk, which he filled regularly and satisfactorily until
1892, when a change in the administration of the county
affairs caused him to vacate the office.  About 1870 he
introduced the publication of a daily report of real-estate
transfers through the newspapers, and prepared this report
regularly during his connection with the Recorder’s office.
His experience of nearly thirty years in the compilation of
county records made him thoroughly familiar with the details
of the work, and his duties were always promptly and
accurately performed.  Soon after severing his connection
with the Recorder’s office he was appointed vault clerk in
the office of the County Clerk, a position of considerable
responsibility, which he has ever since filled.

Mr. Le Brun was married, in Milwaukee, in 1861, to Miss Emma
Comstock, daughter of Charles Comstock, of Portage City,
Wisconsin.  Mrs. Le Brun was born in Wisconsin, and is the
mother of a daughter, Hattie, now Mrs. H. S. De Sollar, of
Denver, Colorado.

Mr. Le Brun is a member of Post Number 28, Grand Army of the
Republic.  He joined the Masonic order early in life, and
served as a member of Milwaukee Lodge Number 3.  He has been
a stanch Republican from youth, casting his first vote for
Abraham Lincoln for President in 1860.  He is held in the
highest regard by his business contemporaries and social
acquaintances, a sentiment which he merits in the highest

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