Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens
Lawrence County Pennsylvania 1897


[p. 652] a prominent business man of New Castle, and a dealer in agricultural implements, buggies and wagons, fertilizers, etc., and also conducting a prosperous transfer and storage business, with warehouse located at 165 South Mill Street, was born in the neighboring township of Union Sept. 1, 1859. He is a son of John and Esther (Sankey) Brown; the latter was born in Union township, and was a daughter of James and Nancy (Cox) Sankey; James Sankey was a son of Ezekiel and Jane (Cubbison) Sankey, and Nancy Cox was a daughter of Joseph Cox.

John Brown, our subject's father, was born near Pulaski in 1859, and died at the early age of twenty-eight years. He made a business of dealing in horses, shipping them to the eastern markets; in politics he was a Republican. His parents were Nathan and Rebecca (Willy) Brown; the former was a stonemason by trade, and died in 1874, aged seventy-five years.

John D. Brown was reared in Union township, attending what was known as the Sankey School until he was eighteen years of age. For the next two years, he worked on a farm, and then for two years was employed in the saw-mill of Young Bros. During the past seventeen years Mr. Brown has owned and operated through the summer season a threshing machine, with which he has traveled over a large part of Lawrence County. Since 1892 he has been dealing very largely in agricultural and farm implements, handling some of the most reliable and standard makes, and is patronized very well by such agriculturists as come to New Castle for their supplies, because of his wide acquaintance. On Jan. 1, 1897, Mr. Brown opened a large storage house at 165 South Mill Street, and entered the draying and hauling business in addition to his agricultural implement business, and it has proven in its short trial to be a profitable enterprise.

Mr. Brown was joined in the bonds of matrimony June 2, 1885, with Olive A. Echols, a native of Tipton, Missouri, and a daughter, of John Echols, and three children now bless their home: Archie B.; Merrill; and Dwight. Mrs. Brown is a member of the Baptist Church, but the family generally attend the United Presbyterian Church. Politically, Mr. Brown is a Republican, and has served on the election board and the board of education. In the community at large he exerts a powerful influence as a superior man of business, and as one who has ever thrown his influence in maintaining a high order of morality in public affairs.

Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens Lawrence County Pennsylvania
Biographical Publishing Company, Buffalo, N.Y., 1897

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