Frank Brown, who is occupying the position of postmaster at Milton, is also a prominent factor in commercial circles there as the proprietor of the leading mercantile establishment. He was born in Cornwall, Addison County, Vermont, on the 2nd of December, 1857, and therefore almost the breadth of the continent lies between his birthplace and his present abode. He is a son of Frank and Nancy (Dwyer) Brown, and is of English and Irish lineage. His parents, however, were both natives of the Green Mountain state, and to them were born seven children while they were residing in Cornwall. Five of this number are yet living. The mother died in 1887, in the fifty-seventh year of her age. The sons are Alexander, who came to California in 1872 and is now a prominent citizen of the state, residing at Milton; he has served in the general assembly and is now a member of the state board of equalization; and Daniel, who is a well known businessman in Stockton.
Frank Brown, the third son, was educated in the public schools in his native town. He continued his studies in the Middlebury high school, after which he graduated in the Middleton College, with the class of 1882. Subsequently he spent two and a half years in the Empire state, as a traveling representative for a Middlebury marble house doing a wholesale business. In 1885 Mr. Brown came to California and accepted the position of salesman in the mercantile house of his brother Alexander. On the expiration of three years he became a partner in the business and in 1890 he purchased his brother’s interest, becoming sole proprietor of the store, which he has since successfully conducted, and is enjoying a large patronage. He deals in men’s furnishing goods, boots, shoes and notions and is recognized as an enterprising merchant. He has made a close study of the public needs and is thoroughly in touch with the progressive methods of the west.
In 1886 Mr. Brown was appointed postmaster by President Cleveland, filling the position until after the change in the presidential administration; but when Cleveland was again elected as chief executive of the nation he was once more honored with the appointment and is now serving in a manner creditable to himself and highly satisfactory to his constituents. He has been a life-long Democrat, being prominent in the work of the party and doing everything in his power to secure the adoption of its principles. He has been a member of the Democratic county central committee for twelve years and of the Democratic state committee for eight years, and his opinions carry weight in political councils, his sound judgment and comprehension making his ideas of value in party management. He was elected a justice of the peace by the Democratic Party in 1886, ’88 and ’90. Socially he is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in which he has filled all the chairs. He also belongs to the D. K. E., a college fraternity. Mr. Brown owns one hundred and sixty acres of land in Fresno County and has a business building and lot in Mendota, California, in addition to his property interests in Milton. Success has crowned his well-directed efforts, and industry has been the key which has unlocked for him the portals of prosperity. He is a gentleman of broad education and genial manner, of sterling worth, and is both popular and prominent in social, business and political circles.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.