"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Brown, James S. who was for some ten years a prominent business man of Merrill, Lincoln County, being proprietor of an ice business, but who has since passed away, was born at Briggsville, Marquette County, Wis., Sept. 11, 1863, son of Mr. and Mrs. William BROWN, the parents being pioneer settlers in that locality. He was reared to manhood on the home farm, on which he resided until reaching the age of 25 years, and about 1891 he was married to Agnes DONAHER. In 1900 he moved to Wausau and organized the Healey & Brown Company, and in that city his wife died two years later, in 1903. In 1911 Mr. BROWN married for his second wife Sadie DELANEY, who parents were old settlers in Wausau, and in the same year he came to Merrill and purchased the ice business of Justin MEANS, which he subsequently operated until his death on July 4, 1921. He was a faithful member of the Catholic Church, also of the Catholic Order of Foresters and of the Knights of Columbus, being a charter member of Wausau Council, K.C., in which he held the officer of treasurer for seven years. Since his death his business has been carried on, under the name of the Brown Ice Company, by his wife and his son, William P. Mr. BROWN left one brother, Neal BROWN of Milwaukee, and three sisters, Mrs. Thomas CONWAY of Antigo, and Anna and Nellie BROWN of Seattle, Wash.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 595-596; History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co

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