Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Well Known Resident and Merchant of McDonough Passes Away After Years of Suffering

   Joseph Gibson Brown died at his home in McDonough Tuesday evening, July 27, 1920, at the age of 74 years.  He has been afflicted with rheumatism and bed ridden most of the time for the past four years.

   Mr. Brown was born March 8, 1946, on a farm in Greene, the son of Francis F. and Sarah Gibson Brown and is the last survivor of a family of five sons and four daughters.  He came to McDonough in 1871 and purchased a hardware business which he conducted until his retirement, since which the business has been conducted by his son who later was joined by Mr. Brown's son-in-law, Leon Tucker.

   Mr. Brown was very public spirited, always seeking to better the conditions of his home village and many of the improvements around the square are due to his enterprise.  He did not neglect to make his own home as attractive as possible or to advise and help other public improvements.

   Surviving him are his wife, who was Miss Addie Morse of Greene, whom he married in February 1875, and an only son, Arthur A., and two daughters, Cora, wife of J. J. Kirby of Clymer and Grace, wife of Leon Tucker of McDonough.

   Funeral services will be held this Friday afternoon, Rev. E. R. D. Briggs of Oxford, a boyhood friend, officiating.  Burial will be made in the family lot in the McDonough cemetery.

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