Santa Cruz County History - People

Old Soldiers: Santa Cruz County Civil War Veterans
by Robert L. Nelson

BROWN, JOHN B (1831-1920)

Santa Cruz Evening News (August 16, 1920)

Photograph of John B. Brown
John B. Brown

John B. Brown Called by Death on Sunday

After being in ill health for the past three years, and more so for the past few months, when his health showed rapid sighs of declining, John B. Brown passed away Sunday afternoon at his home at 103 Myrtle street. Mr. Brown has been an invalid for the most part of his prolonged illness, but handicapped as he was, possessed a kindly, cheerful disposition and was highly esteemed by his neighbors and all acquaintances. Mr. Brown loved Santa Cruz and its people and after coming to California from Missouri in 1883, took up his residence here in 1886 and has resided here continuously ever since. Mr. Brown came from a large family and his death marks the passing of the last one of a family consisting of fourteen children.

Surviving Mr. Brown are his wife, a son Edward Brown, and a daughter Mrs. Nellie Chamberlain, who resides in New Hampshire. Neither of the children ever resided in Santa Cruz, though the daughter as here for one winter with her parents on a visit. John H. Hill of the firm of Hill & Douglas is a nephew of the deceased.

Mr. Brown was a member of the Odd Fellows and also of Wallace Reynolds post, G.A.R.

The deceased was eighty-nine years of age and a native of Maine. The funeral will be held from the Chase Undertaking Parlors.

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