Frank J. Brown, BiographyPorter County biographical sketches . . . .

Transcribed biography of Frank J. Brown


Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Brown have been married 61 years and resided all 61 years at 1207 Evans Avenue, Valparaiso, Indiana. Mrs. Brown was the former Mabel Gertrude Bull, daughter of G. W. Bull and granddaughter of T. W. Bull whom were quite prominent in Liberty Township. Mrs. Browns's grandfather's home picture was painted by an artist and hangs in the local historical society building. Mrs. Brown was born and reared in what is presently Camp Lawerence. Camp Lawerence was formerly called the Moss Lake Farm, acquiring it's name from the moss that covered the pond. The barn foundation that Mrs. Brown helped put together is still there. Her younger sister, Bertha has her foot prints in the floor. The rocks for the foundation were all taken off the property. Moss Lake Farm was sold to the Gary Catholic Diocese in 1950 by her sister and her husband.

Mr. Brown was born in Chicago, Illinois and moved to Valparaiso, where he currently resides on September 23, 1908, on his twentieth birthday.

He met his wife and brought her to his home to live. He was a farmer, and worked for the Grand Trunk Railroad on the section between Port Huron, Michigan and Chicago, Illinois. He also was a carpenter and in his younger days engaged his spare time in painting china, and other arts.

Mrs. Brown remained at home and raised their four children, Helen, John, Mabel Leanna, and Alma Elizabeth. Mrs. Brown is active in Trinity Lutheran Church and the William Henry Harrison DAR. In her spare times she quilts and cans. Mr. Brown tends to a fine garden, and at the age of 87 he is employed by the Porter County Farm Bureau.

At one time Mr. and Mrs. Brown's home belonged to our present Mayor's grandmother.

Source: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County. 1976. A Biographical History of Porter County, Indiana. Valparaiso, Indiana: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County, Inc. 180 p.
Page(s) in Source: 84-85

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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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