Charles Brown was born at Schenectady, New York, Dec. 26, 1832. When he was but 8 years of age, he went to Rochester, N.Y. where he remained for seven years, during which time he completed his apprenticeship as a shoemaker. In 1817, when he was only fifteen years of age, he went to California and engaged in gold mining for about thirteen years. In 1861, he returned to his native state where he remained but a short time. His next move was to Wayland, Mich., where he married Miss Emily L. Morley in the year 1868. Two years afterward, he moved to Grand Rapids where he worked at his trade until the fall of 1883, when he moved on a farm three miles east of Coffeyville. He moved to this city in 1888, and opened a shoeshop, where he remained working at his trade up to the time of his sad and tragic death at the hands of the Daltons on the 5th of October, 1892. He leaves an aged widow in the dependent circumstances, who has heart-felt sympathy of all in her great sorrow. The funeral services were held on Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock in the M.E. church, and were conducted by Rev. McDole, who delivered a very touching and appropriate discourse. The deceased was a member of the Methodist church, an honorable, upright, industrious citizen, and enjoyed the confidence and respect of his fellowmen.
Copied from microfilm roll: M122A of the Coffeyville Journal, 14 October, 1892. Microfilm is located at the Coffeyville Memorial Library, Coffeyville, Kansas.
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