FRANK E. BROWN
For some time prior to the Civil War, Frank Brown's grandparents
resided in Jefferson Co. His maternal grandparents were Dr. Thomas
Bernard and Hawkins Bernard. His paternal grandparents were Calvin M.
Brown, born in Washington Co. m., Dec. 27, 1827, and Anne Eliza Foster.
Both came from Tennessee. Calvin M. Brown served in the Mexican War,
enlisting at age 19. He served with the sixth Reg., Ill. Inf. Col.
Collins, Co. A. He returned to Spring Garden Twp. where he farmed 840
acres of fertile land. In the spring of 1851, he married Anne Eliza
Foster and they had 9 children, one of whom was Stephen Edgar Brown,
father of Frank E. Calvin died in Oct. 1922.
Stephen E. Brown was born in 1862, and married Fannie B. Bernard,
daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Bernard. Later Stephen inherited the
land of his father and subsequently donated the land for the R.R., the
streets, alleys, churches and school for the present town of Ina.
Stephen and Fannie had three children. Ina, for whom the village was
named; married Ralph Wyatt; Ann Eliza, who remained single; and Frank
Frank E. Brown was born in Ina on July 9, 1895. He attended grade
school there and spent some months at college in Valparaiso, Ind. He left
college to work briefly for Standard Oil Co. Frank loved animals and
horses especially. His father gave him a fine gaited horse whose name
was "Winnie McGee". Frank enjoyed recalling the happy times he had with
Old Winnie, including the trips to take his sister back and forth to
Ewing College. Frank entered military service Feb. 27, 1917 and served
in England, France, and Germany during W.W. # 1. Shortly after the
war's end, Nov. 11, 1918, he returned home. He entered the lumber business
in 1922 and continued in it until his death. He loved the farm life and
raised registered Hereford cattle. He married Miss Merle E. Dunbar of
Benton on July 8, 1931, at the home of D. C. Youngblood in Ina. Frank
and Merle have two children. Marilyn Joan Brown, married James E. Lane
and have Stephen Raymond and Sarah Elizabeth, and live in
Mt. Vernon. Judith Eleanor Brown married Bradford F. Storey. They have
one son Todd, and live in Ina. Frank was a member of Trinity Baptist Church
at Benton, III. He passed away Oct. 24, 1977.
Merle is a member of Ina Freewill Baptist Church, and she continues to
run the lumber company and to reside in Ina.
Some ommisions may have occured to protect living individuals.
Source: "Facts and Folks A History of Jefferson County, Illinois"
Jefferson County Historical Society
Printed by Taylor Publishing Company, Dallas, TX
Page 101, 102
Submitted by Sandy Whalen Bauer