Biography of Fred W. Brown

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One of the attractive homes in Caledonia Township is the property of Fred W. Brown, who is engaged in general farming and dairying. He was born in Granville, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, June 9, 1872, a son of William and Johanna (Schrader) Brown, both of whom are natives of Germany, the former born in 1850 and the latter in 1846. They were married in the land of their birth and their wedding trip consisted of a voyage to the new world with Milwaukee as their destination. The father served as a soldier in the Franco-Prussian war of 1870-71. After coming to Wisconsin he worked as a section hand for some time, for he arrived in the new world empty-handed, but eventually he rented land and in 1898 purchased a farm of fifty-five acres in Caledonia Township, Racine County, and is now devoting his energies to the further development and improvement of that place. His political allegiance is given to the Republican Party, and both he and his wife are consistent members of the German Lutheran church. Their family numbers two children, the younger being Augusta, the wife of Joe Olle, a farmer of Caledonia Township.

The elder, Fred W. Brown, attended the district schools of his native Township and also the Lutheran parochial school and then took up the occupation to which he had been reared as a life work. He has always engaged in farming and now devotes his entire time to that occupation. He owns a farm in Caledonia Township, upon which he has erected a comfortable residence and also put up large and substantial outbuildings for the shelter of grain and stock. He has also built a silo, which enables him to furnish green fodder for his stock during the winter months. He carries on both general farming and dairying and keeps from ten to fourteen cows, shipping the milk to Racine.

In 1896 Mr. Brown was married to Miss Amanda Pofahl, who was born in Milwaukee County and removed to Mount Pleasant Township, this County. They now have two children, Mabel and Elmer Leo. The parents are loyal members of the German Lutheran church, and in his political views Mr. Brown is a republican, interested in the progress and welfare of the community but never holding office, as he feels that his entire attention should be devoted to his business affairs.

MLA Source Citation:

Racine County Wisconsin History: Racine Belle City of the lakes and Racine County Wisconsin a record of settlement organization progress and achievement. SJ Clarke Pub Co. Chicago. 1916. 1216 pgs. Web. 28 January 2015. - Last updated on Aug 14th, 2012


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