"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, George I., now deceased, for many years a prominent business man and public-spirited citizen of Woodruff, was born in Nova Scotia, Canada, June 12, 1860. He received a good education there and was subsequently engaged in farming and railroad work in New Brunswick for many years. He came to Chippewa County, Wisconsin, in 1895, and from there came to Woodruff in 1896 and established himself in the grocery business, being one of the pioneer business men of the village. He later left the grocery business to engage in the livery business, and it was in this line that he is perhaps best remembered by the present-day citizens of Woodruff. In 1904 he suffered the loss of his livery barn, store building, and residence by fire, but this catastrophe did not daunt him and he rebuilt the barn and purchased a new home. During the period of his residence here he was also engaged in farming, having 112-acre tract adjoining the village, and he made a fine contribution to the agricultural prosperity of the community by developing this land from its original timbered state into a find farming property. He was a man always on the alert for an opportunity to advance the welfare of the community or to do a service to a fellow man, and his loss was keenly felt throughout this portion of the country when he was claimed by death on June 4, 1909. He left a wife and five children; Mrs. BROWN is still living in Woodruff and continues to maintain the home property and the farm. She was born in New Brunswick Feb. 5, 1868, and previous to her marriage to Mr. BROWN on June 23, 1889, she was Rose ANDERSON. The children born to her and her husband are as follows: Earl, who is married to Milda BACKLAND and is cashier in the Chicago & North Western depot in Wakefield, Mich.; Nan, who is a clerk and is living at home; Georgia, now Mrs. Jerome WALSH of Milwaukee; Stella a student in the Oshkosh State Normal School; and William who lives at home. Mr. and Mrs. Earl BROWN have one child, Blaine, and Mr. and Mrs. WALSH have a daughter, Joy. Mrs. George BROWN is a loved and respected member of the community at Woodruff; she belongs to the Methodist church and is a member of its Ladies' Aid Society, and she is a member of the local camp of Royal Neighbors of America.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 237-238; 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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