ITS HISTORY AND TRADITION
H. D. Brown
Every successful commercial enterprise adds to the growth and consequent
prosperity of the district in which it is conducted and through his activities
as a merchant and realtor Herman D. Brown has contributed materially toward
the development of Sioux City and Woodbury county, while at the same time he
has won the legitimate reward of honest labor, intelligently directed. He was
born March 13, 1853, in Chenango county, New York, and his parents were
Franklin and Sophia B. (Thompson) Brown, the latter of Scotch lineage. The Thompson family were among the earliest settlers of Connecticut, and Mrs. Brown's great-grandfather, Ellis C. Colburn, was a passenger on America's first steamboat, which was the product of the inventive genius of Robert Fulton, of Pennsylvania. The vessel was launched on the Hudson in 1807 and made the trip from New York City to Albany. Elihu Thompson, the great-grandfather of James S. Thompson, who was Mrs. Brown's grandfather, married Desire Palmer, a great-granddaughter of John and Priscilla Alden.
Herman D. Brown was born and grew to manhood in Chenango county, New York, and his education was acquired in its public schools. At the age of twenty-one years he came to the west with his parents, who settled in Springfield,
Missouri, and he there resided from 1874 to 1893. He then came to Iowa, choosing Sioux City as the scene of his activities, and organized the Brown Coal Company. He was thus engaged for thirteen years and built up a large wholesale business. In 1906 he sold his stock of coal and entered the real estate field, in which he has since continued. He specializes in farm lands and transacts annually a large business. He thoroughly understands every phase of the trade and his well directed efforts have acted as a stimulus to the agricultural development of the county.
Mr. Brown married Miss Martha M. Stewart, a native of Springfield, Missouri,
and a niece of General Holland, in command of the troops that defended that
city during the Civil war. Mr. and Mrs. Brown have two children. The daughter, Catherine F., received a liberal education, attending the Curry School of Expression at Boston, Massachusetts, Morningside College of Sioux City, and Belmont College in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a member of the Woman's Club of Sioux City and has been its president. The son, Herman D. Brown, Jr., received his higher education at Amherst College of Massachusetts, which awarded him the degree of Bachelor of Arts, and is now associated with his father in business, residing at Fort Myers, Florida. He was a student of aviation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and served in that department of the United States navy during the World war.
Mr. Brown is a prominent Mason, belonging to Tyrian Lodge, No. 508, F. & A.
M.; Columbian Commandery, No. 18, K. T.; Sioux City Consistory, No. 5, A. &
A. S. R.; and Abu-Bekr Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S. He is connected with Rose
Croix Chapter, No. 400, of the Eastern Star, and along the line of recreation
is identified with the Sioux City Boat and Country Clubs. He is one of the
influential members of the Sioux City Real Estate Board, of which he was
president for two years, and the Chamber of Commerce, and has been vice president of the latter organization. He is affiliated with the Presbyterian church and exemplifies in his life the sterling qualities of his Scotch ancestors.
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