CURTIS W. BROWN. The center of a great grain producing country, the commercial populace abounds
in middlemen who deal exclusively in the chief products of the State. Our subject, Mr. Brown, is
one of these operators, being a large grain dealer, buying from the farmers and finding a market
in the eastern metropolitan cities. He has displayed such quickness of perception, knowledge of
the resources of the country and influences upon the trade, that he has gained the confidence of
both factions or classes of people with whom he deals. The farmer know that in selling to him, they
get a reasonable price, and the eastern buyers and elevator owners are aware that the grains they
get of him are the best that the country produces, and are willing to make concessions in his favor.
Like most of the inhabitants of the Central and Western States even yet, our subject is of Eastern
parentage, and also of birth. His father was Job Brown, a native of New Jersey. His mother was Phoebe
Williams, who was probably born in New York. They first settled in New Jersey where they continued
to reside for five years. He was a carpenter by trade and was constantly so employed in his early home.
They removed from New Jersey to Ohio, and settled in Butler County, where they remained about two years,
and then settled in Johnson County, Ind., in the village of Edinburg. There they lived for nine years
and then came to Illinois early in 1860 and settled in Clay County, where they remained until their decease.
Our subject is one of eight children, the family comprising five sons and three daughters. Of these,
he of whom we write was the eldest, having been born in New Jersey, August 18, 1842. He made his home
with his parents until he was about twenty years old, coming with them to this State early in the '60s,
and with the exception of the time spent in the war, he has ever since here made his home, early engaging
in business for himself and acquiring business ways and knowledge.
When the terrible period in our country's history began, at the firing of the first gun of Ft. Sumter,
Mr. Brown responded to the call for volunteers and enlisted in the army in 1862, joining Company C of
the Ninety-eighth Illinois Regiment. He served until the close of the war, seeing much hard fighting
and a great deal of both good and bad on both sides. He took part in the battles of Chickamauga, Mission
Ridge, and was through the siege of Atlanta, Ga., at the battle of Selma, Ala., at Montgomery and Macon,
Ga. He was so fortunate as throughout his service to have escaped sickness and bore the hardships of
army life with fortitude and an admirable spirit that made the best of all discomforts that could not
be remedied. He received his discharge at Springfield, this State, after which he returned to Clay
County, Ill., and engaged in farming, remaining there from 1869 until the fall of 1872, when he came
to Moultrie County.
Upon settling in this county, the gentleman of whom we write engaged in farming and stock raising, his
residence and place of business being in Dora Township. He was thus occupied for nearly seven years,
when he removed to Lovington Township, and has here resided for two years, during which time he was
engaged in farming. The next change was made to the village of Lovington, and here he has been engaged
in active commercial business. He has sold agricultural implements and dealt largely in stock, the grain
business, however, occupying the greater portion of his time and attention.
Curtis W. Brown left the bachelor ranks when in Clay County, Ill., and February 3, 1866, was united in
marriage to Miss Minerva Price, who was a native of the same county in which their marriage was solemnized.
Mrs. Brown is an admirable lady and has been a true helpmate and companion to her husband. The rearing
of her family has not left her a great deal of time for social pleasures, for she has had the care as
well as maternal duties of ten children. Their names are as follows: Elma, Mollie Guy, James, Inis,
Charles, Albert, Emma, Ida, and William. Most of the children are sturdy and original young people, with
a strong vital energy, and having ideas of their own regarding their individual and personal rights.
Politically, our subject casts his vote with the Republican party, having great faith in the leaders and
executives that in the wisdom of the party have been placed at the head of the nation. That his fellow-townsmen
have reposed the greatest confidence in his judgment and intelligence and ability as a manager, is evidenced
by the fact that he has been appointed to many local offices in the gift of the township. While in Clay
County, for two years he held the office of Collector, and also served a School Director and Highway
Commissioner. Since coming to Lovington Township he has filled most acceptably the chair of Supervisor
for a space of one year, and has also been a member of the Masonic fraternity and also belongs to the
Lovington Post of the Grand Army of the Republic. Mr. Brown is a public spirited and generous man and
has always shown himself ready in any time of emergency either for the country at large, or the locality
in which he resides, to become an active and responsible party in the upholding of the principles of
right and justice.
Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, 1891 - p. 341-343
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