Page 182, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




GEORGE MANVILLE BROWN was born in Otsego, New York, on the 9th day of January, 1813. He lived on a farm until he was thirteen years old. At that time his parents moved out to the western part of the state and he went to live with a brother, supporting himself and attending school. His school work was prosecuted with such vigor and success that at the early age of seventeen he became a teacher, an avocation which he followed for upwards of thirty years. In 1857 he left New York and came to Kansas, locating in Geneva township, Allen county, where for ten years he farmed the land now occupied by Mr. B. O. Miller. In 1871 he was elected Register of Deeds and removed to Iola which has ever since been his home. He held the office four years, and then after a vacation of two years, he was again elected and served four years more. Since retiring form office the last time he has not been actively engaged in business but has devoted his time to managing the property he had acquired. Mr. Brown was married at the age af[sic] twenty-two to Miss Caroline Griswold, deceased, of Bath, New York. Five children have sprung from this union, of whom but two, Mrs. D. D. Spicer, of Geneva, and Miss Flora Brown, are still living.

During the long years he has been a resident of Iola and Allen county Mr. Brown has had the unqualified confidence of all who knew him. And during the later years of his life, this confidence deepened into affection. He was an honest man, who feared God and loved his neighbor and did his duty; and he had his reward in a serene and cheerful old age and in the love of troops of friends. No man was ever more ready for the great change, and few men have left behind them a more fragrant memory.

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