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William C. Brown Cemetery ~ Henry Monroe Brown ~ part of the Polk County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
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Brown, Henry Monroe
BORN: 18 Apr 1859 DIED: 7 Dec 1912 BURIED: 9 Dec 1912 (William C. Brown Cemetery)
BIRTH PLACE:  Dallas, Polk Co, Oregon
DEATH PLACE: Dallas, Polk Co, Oregon
1st MARRIAGE - Henry Brown & E.F. Plummer md 26 Feb 1879 at house of John Ashbaugh; C.G. Rowell, JP. Wit: J.G. Brown & John Ashbaugh. Book B, page 341
1900 OR CENSUS - H.M. Brown (b Apr 1859, OR; md 21y); enumerated with him were wife Flora (b Mary 1859, IA; md 21y; mother of 6 ch, 5 living), and 4 children, Lott (b Mar 1882, OR), Cummins (b Mar 1884 OR), Martha (b Aug 1888, OR) and George (b Mar 1890, OR)
2nd MARRIAGE - Henry M. Brown & Mary E. Murry md 16 June 1907, Multnomah Co, Oregon
Note - Mary remarried 17 Oct 1914 in Vancouver, Clark Co, Wash, to John Bird [Washington Digital Archives]; after his death she moved to Missouri; she died 27 Nov 1922 at St Joseph, Buchanan Co, Missouri [death certificate on Missouri State Archives website]; death certificate gives her parents as Ambrose Murray and Frances Kearny; 1910 census shows she was twice married, so Bailey was probably her first husband.
1910 OR CENSUS - Henry M. Brown (51y, b OR), enumerated with wife of 3 years, Mary E. (50y, b MO, her 2nd marriage) and son George M. (20y, b OR)
Has Been a Resident of Dallas Nearly All His Life; Funeral Services Held Monday Afternoon.
Henry M. Brown, a native son of Dallas and Polk county, passed away suddenly at his Jefferson street home on Saturday afternoon, at 6:40 o’clock, death being caused by heart failure. Mr. Brown’s illness was of but a few weeks’ duration, and his last attack continued less than twenty minutes. The last struggle ended in the same room where he first saw the light of day, the old home built by his father in 1857. Mr. Brown’s illness dates back for some time, but he had been able during his last day on earth to attend to his work in the country, where he made almost daily visits, and just as he was about to enjoy his evening meal the end came, with but a brief warning. 
Having been about his regular work and frequently about town, the report of his death came as a general surprise. He was a robust man, made little complaint of illness, and news of his sudden taking off seemed hardly credible for a time. 
A Resident All His Life
With the exception of four years, deceased has made Dallas his home ever since his birth. He was a well-known character throughout the county, as well as the town, being owner of the large estate of 800 acres adjoining Dallas, and a portion of North Dallas. 
The immediate survivors are a wife and three sons, Frank B., Lott D. and George, all of Dallas. Two brothers and a sister are other near relatives, being John G. and Joe L. Brown and Mrs. William Kersey, all of Dallas. 
Henry M. Brown was born in Dallas, Oregon, April 18, 1859; died December 7, 1912, aged 53 years, 7 months and 19 days. He was married in 1880 to Florence Plummer, who died in 1902. The surviving children mentioned above were born of this union. In 1907 deceased was united in marriage to Mary E. Bailey. 
Mr. Brown was never engaged to any great extent in business in Dallas. Several years ago he was interested in the livery business, and again in the butcher business; for about four years he owned and operated a livery business at Salem, but of late years his time was taken up with looking after the estate left him by his father, the late W.C. Brown, a pioneer of 1847, and whose early day history is well known. 
Deceased was a member of the firm of Brown & Bird, real estate agents, at the time of his death. The funeral yesterday was one of the largest held in Dallas for many months, and was held from the home, the body being taken to the Brown cemetery north of town by train, three coaches being filled by mourners, pallbearers and friends of the deceased. The pallbearers were selected from members of the BPOE, of which order Mr Brown was a member, he belonging to No 336, of Salem. The services, which were brief, were in charge of Rev C.C. Curtis, pastor of the Christian church.
Polk County Observer, Tuesday, December 10, 1912, 1:7

Well Known Native Son Passes to His Reward.
Twenty-eight years ago we made the acquaintance of Henry Brown, on our first coming to Dallas, and from that time on have valued him as one of our closest friends. He was a man particularly jealous of the sancity of his word or obligations, and a man on whom you knew you could rely. 
The news of his death came like a shock to our community on last Saturday evening, for but few of his most intimate friends had any idea that he was suffering from any serious malady. He was looking bad, but continued to attend to his business affairs until the evening of his death, and those who noticed his ill looks laid it to some complaint that would soon be better. He had really been in poor health for two years. After a day outside, he was taken ill at the supper table, and carried to his room breathed his last. He passed away in the same room he was born in, having some three years ago purchased the old house from S.M. Ray, it being his desire to make both life’s beginning and ending occur in the same apartment. 
His funeral occurred Monday afternoon at the family burial ground north of town, a special motor being run from Dallas for that purpose. The stores all closed from 12 to 2 in recognition of his worth, and the esteem he was held in by all residents. Rev C.C. Curtis, pastor of the Christian church, was the officiating minister, and three coach loads attending the obsequies. 
When we first knew him Henry was engaged in the butcher business here with Wm Garren; since which he has been engaged in farming, livery and real estate, and other lines, being a continuous resident of this vicinity except a few years spent in the real estate business in Portland. At the time of his death he was the senior partner of Brown & Bird. He was a member of the Salem lodge of Elks, but beloned to no other fraternal organization. 
Henry Monroe Brown was born at Dallas, Oregon, April 18, 1859, being in his 53rd year at the time of his death. He was the youngest son of Hon William C. and Martha J. Brown, both old pioneers. Deceased leaves surviving him his widow, Mary E. Brown, and three sons, Frank V., Lott D. and George M. Brown, all residing in or near Dallas. He was twice married, first in 1880 to Florence Plummer, who died in 1902, and again in 1907 to Mary E. Bailey, there being no children by the second marriage. John G. Brown, J.L. Brown and Mrs. Wm Kersey were brothers and sisters of the deceased. Large property interests in and near Dallas were left by Mr. Brown.
Polk County Itemizer, Thursday, December 12, 1912, 2:6
Henry M. Brown
Branigar Survey
Saucy Survey & Photographs
Polk County, Oregon, Marriage Records, 1849-1879, page 81
1900 OR CENSUS (Marion Co, Salem, ED 133, page 135, lines 55-60)
Oregon Marriage Index 1910 OR CENSUS (Polk Co, East Dallas, ED 240, page 214, lines 58-60)
PCO 10 Dec 1912, 1:7
PCI 12 Dec 1912, 2:6

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