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Biography of Cassius H. Brown

It is very acceptable to have the privilege of giving in epitome the salient points of the career of the esteemed gentleman whose name is at the head of this article. Mr. Brown, familiarly known as Judge Brown is one of the pioneers of this County and has always been much interested in its welfare, prominent in politics, a leader in the advancement of the cause of education, a prominent citizen and property owner and a large hearted, genial, upright, capable, and talented American citizen. The birth of Cassius H. was on December 27, 1852, in a log cabin in Mt. Hope, McLean County, Illinois, being the son of George W. and Eleanor (Kenyon) Brown. This was in the Mt. Hope colony and the father enlisted in Company A, One Hundred and Seventeenth Illinois Infantry, being second lieutenant under General A. F. Smith. He participated in the battles at Nashville and Belmont and in many skirmishes. But just before Sherman started to the sea, the elder Brown W. as taken with pneumonia and died at Pulaski, Tennessee. His enlistment was on July 12, 1862. In 1869 our subject, after having gained a good education in the common schools, went to Henry County, Illinois, and in the fall of the following year he went to Iowa, but soon returned to Henry County. In February, 1873, he came to Plumas County, California, following farming and driving stage until the spring of 1879, when he went to Reno, Nevada, and clerked in a store, then went on the coast survey for the United States. In the spring of 1886, he went to...

Biographical Sketch of A. Ball

A. Ball, of Redlands, is a native of Vermont, born April 5, 1832. His father, Orange Ball, moved to Ashtabula County, Ohio, in 1840, where he farmed until his death, which occurred in December, 1873. The subject of this sketch was reared in the “Buckeye” State, and in 1854 left his native State to be gone only three months. He went to Jefferson County, Wisconsin, where he engaged in farming. Then he took five months to drive with wagons to Silver City, Nevada, where he mined and teamed until 1864, when he went to Sonoma County, California, and engaged in the dairy business for three years. He was married in Wisconsin in 1858, to Miss Jennie McElroy, of Clarkson Center, New York, and they have had eight children, five of whom are still living, viz.: Edith, now Mrs. McCrary; Effie died at at the age of four years; Edison died at the age of two years; Forest, Frank died at the age of four; Lewis, Grace and Jennie. Mr. Ball has been a resident of the county since November 12, 1869. He was a citizen of Riverside from 1873 to 1879. After this he ran a farm three miles east of San Bernardino, on Base Line, until 1886, when he moved to Redlands and engaged in the hotel business, keeping the Pioneer House. He now runs a saloon and billiard hall. Last spring he took up a ranch of 160 acres on Santa Ana River, on Bear valley trail. He also owns property in Redlands, all of which is devoted to oranges. Politically Mr. Ball is a Republican. He...

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