Brown, James Garfield (1882-1919)

Signature of James Garfield Brown, witness to marriage of Garfield Howard Macrum and Athey Isabella Brown, Vancouver, August 7, 1916; https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JDZL-C4S

Signature of James Garfield Brown, witness to marriage of Garfield Howard Macrum and Athey Isabella Brown, Vancouver, August 7, 1916; https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JDZL-C4S

J. Garfield Brown appeared at 1943 Comox Street in the 1917 Vancouver directory, but the directory said nothing more about him. The directory’s list of names for 1917 showed a James G. Brown at 2574 West Fifth Avenue; he was a salesman for Simonds Canada Saw Company.

Simonds Canada Saw Company Ltd - Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory - 1916 - page 64

Simonds Canada Saw Company Ltd – Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory – 1916 – page 64

It appears that James Garfield Brown was born on December 13, 1882, in Ontario. His father was John Hossock Brown (1847-1920); his mother was Elizabeth Shannon (1862-1922).

Until 1901, James was living with his family in London, Ontario. About 1903, the family moved to Portland, Oregon, where James began working with the Simonds Manufacturing Company.

In 1911, James married Ethel Margaret Craib, possibly in Oregon. She was born in Quebec, Canada, probably on August 7, 1885.

Miss Ethel Craib - The Sunday Oregonian - Portland, Oregon - May 22 - 1910 - page 14; http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn83045782/1910-05-22/ed-1/seq-14/

Miss Ethel Craib – The Sunday Oregonian – Portland, Oregon – May 22 – 1910 – page 14; http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn83045782/1910-05-22/ed-1/seq-14/

Ethel’s father was Alexander Craib (1859-1927); her mother was Mary (1861-1915). Ethel was a talented actress who performed in several productions in Portland.

In 1914, James and Ethel went to Spokane, Washington. James worked for the Simonds Manufacturing Company in Spokane. About 1916, he arrived in Vancouver, where he was a salesman for the Canadian branch of the Simonds company.

In 1919, James developed influenza in the great flu epidemic. He died in Vancouver on January 16, 1919. He was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Portland, Oregon.

Ethel and her four children went to Portland to live with Ethel’s father.

Ethel died in Portland on November 30, 1979. She was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Portland, Oregon.

James and Ethel had the following children.

 

Mary E. Brown

Mary E. Brown was born about 1913, probably in Oregon.

 

Ethel I. Brown

Ethel I. Brown was born about 1915, probably in Washington State.

 

James G. Brown

James G. Brown was born about 1917, probably in Vancouver.

 

Barbara L. Brown

Barbara L. Brown was born about 1918, probably in Vancouver.

 

 

Sources

 

James Garfield Brown

Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial# 111898952, John Hossock Brown, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=111898952; Birth: 1847, Canada; Death: Feb. 10, 1920, Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA.; Burial: Lincoln Memorial Park; Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA; Plot: Greenleaf section.

Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial# 111899492, Elizabeth Shannon Brown; Birth: 1862, Canada; Death: Mar. 26, 1922; Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA.; Burial: Lincoln Memorial Park; Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA; Plot: Greenleaf section.

Vancouver directories.

Simonds: The Saw Makers: http://sawnutz.galootcentral.com/simonds/.

“Canada Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWLN-MRF : accessed 22 Aug 2014), John Brown, Ward 3, London City, Ontario, Canada; citing Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148153; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1891/pdf/30953_148153-00648.pdf, (possible connection).

“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KHLF-W8Q : accessed 22 Aug 2014), James G Brown in household of John H Brown, A, London (city/cité), Ontario, Canada; citing p. 14, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario.

Genealogical Forum of Oregon, marriages, http://www.gfo.org/m1910/m1910_07.htm, Craib, Ethel Margaret; Brown, James Garfield, Year: 1911, volume: 29; page 89.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL23-HHX : accessed 22 Aug 2014), James Garfield Brown, 16 Jan 1919; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13115, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1927143.

James Garfield Brown, death notice, Vancouver Sun, January 17, 1919, page 12: “Brown – The death occurred Jan. 16, of James Garfield Brown, at his late residence, 2574 – 5th Ave. W. He leaves a wife and 4 four small children to mourn his loss. The remains have been removed to Center & Hanna’s parlors. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

James Garfield Brown, death notice, Vancouver World, January 17, 1919, page 18: “Brown – died January 16, at his home, 2574 Fifth Avenue West, James Garfield Brown, aged 36 years. Funeral will take place from Center & Hanna’s chapel, Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Interment in Mountain View cemetery.” [Note: it appears that the actual burial was in Portland, Oregon.]

James Garfield Brown, death notice, Vancouver Province, January 17, 1919, page 23: “Brown – Died Jan. 16, at his home, 2574 Fifth avenue west, James Garfield Brtown, aged 36 years. The funeral will take place at Center & Hanna’s chapel at 10 a.m. Saturday.”

“Business Man Victim Of Influenza Here,”The Morning Oregonian, Tuesday, January 21, 1919, http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn83025138/1919-01-21/ed-1/seq-11/; http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn83025138/1919-01-21/ed-1/seq-11/ocr.txt. “J. Garfield Brown buried: Requiem Mass Celebrated by the Rev. Father J. H. Black. Requiem mass over the remains of the late J. Garfield Brown, who died January 16 in Vancouver, B.C., was celebrated yesterday morning at St. Francis Church, with the Rev. Father J. H. Black officiating. Interment followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Mr. Brown was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Brown, of Portland, and was in business in this city from 1903 to 1914, being an employee of the Simonds Manufacturing Company. In 1914 he went to Spokane for the concern, and for the past three years had been with the company in Vancouver, B. C. Floral pieces from the Vancouver office and from the main office of the company at San Francisco were sent to the funeral. Aside from his parents. Mr. Brown is survived by his widow and four children, by two brothers. Sergeant Gordon Brown, who is with armed forces overseas, and E. J. Brown, of Portland and by two sisters, Mrs. G. H. Macrum and Miss Lillian Brown, of Portland.”

Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial# 43198695, James Garfield Brown, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=43198695; Birth: 1882; Death: 1918 [sic]; Burial: Mount Calvary Cemetery; Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA

 

Ethel Craib (wife of James Garfield Brown)

“United States Census, 1900,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MSDL-3X7 : accessed 22 Aug 2014), Alexander Craib, Precinct 39 Portland city Ward 9, Multnomah, Oregon, United States; citing sheet 14B, family 269, NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1241350.

“Oregon, Death Index, 1903-1998,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VZWM-F99 : accessed 22 Aug 2014), Alexander Craib, 01 Jan 1927; citing “Oregon, Death Index, 1898-2008,” Ancestry.com; Portland, Oregon, certificate number 2, State Library, Salem.

Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial# 43199002, Alexander Craib, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=43199002; Birth: 1859, Canada; Death: Jan. 1, 1927, Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA

“Oregon, Death Index, 1903-1998,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VZWM-MF5 : accessed 22 Aug 2014), Mary A Craib, 1915; citing “Oregon, Death Index, 1898-2008,” Ancestry.com; Portland, Oregon, certificate number 22750, State Library, Salem.

Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial# 43199022, Mary C. Craib, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=43199022; Birth: 1861; Death: 1915; Burial: Mount Calvary Cemetery, Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA.

“Canada Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MW5D-ZX7 : accessed 22 Aug 2014), Ethel Craib, Montcalm Centre Ward, Québec City, Quebec, Canada; citing Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148216; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1891/pdf/30953_148216-00703.pdf.

The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) 1881-current, May 22, 1910, page 14, http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn83045782/1910-05-22/ed-1/seq-14/: “DRAMA GIVEN BY GIRLS IS ARTISTIC SUCCESS Leading Roles Are Well Portrayed. New Comediennes Make Reputation and Real Talent Is Displayed by Support. THAT the entertainment and play given last Thursday night by the students of St. Francis’ Academy was an artistic success, is being confirmed by the many complimentary comments heard from those who attended the production. Interest centers particularly In the excellent dramatic work of Miss Ethel Marsh and Miss Ethel Craib, who assumed the leading roles in’ “The Promise,” the four-act play. Miss Marsh, beside being talented in the drama. Is a versatile young woman, and teaches Latin and mathematics at the academy. Her portrayal of the Lady Melrose was stamped with fervor and intensity that won her much praise. Miss Craib was seen in the role of Marion, a girlish part which she interpreted in an unassuming and wholly graceful manner. Misses Ethel Dugan and Marion Lehr established reputations as comediennes, the first-named in an Irish character, the latter as Topsy, a “lil black chile.” Margaret Ainsworth attracted favorable notice as a French maid, by reason of her perfect dialect, as well as her clever adaptation of the part. Others whose acting brought forth praise were Charlotte Delaney as a gypsy queen; Margaret Mock in the role of a governess, and Monica Smith, who appeared as a witch. The production was picturesque in the extreme, especially In the gypsy dance, and the costumes were very handsome.”

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JDZL-C4S : accessed 22 Aug 2014), Garfield Howard Macrum and Athey Isabella Brown, 07 Aug 1916; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11379, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1983707.

“United States Census, 1920,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M48F-RFM : accessed 22 Aug 2014), Ethel M Brown in household of Alexander Craib, Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States; citing sheet 2A, family 34, NARA microfilm publication T625, FHL microfilm 1821501.

“United States Census, 1930,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XCSS-BZS : accessed 22 Aug 2014), Ethel M Brown, Portland (Districts 271-553), Multnomah, Oregon, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0287, sheet 3B, family 90, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 1951.

“United States Census, 1940,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VRT2-PD7 : accessed 22 Aug 2014), Ethel M Brown, Tract 12, Portland, Portland City Election Precinct 89, Multnomah, Oregon, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 37-137, sheet 61A, family 137, NARA digital publication of T627, roll 3387.

“Oregon, Death Index, 1903-1998,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VZH9-TDH : accessed 23 Aug 2014), Ethel M Brown, 30 Nov 1979; citing “Oregon, Death Index, 1898-2008,” Ancestry.com; Multnomah, Oregon, certificate number 79-18826, State Library, Salem.

“United States Social Security Death Index,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V95W-2XM : accessed 23 Aug 2014), Ethel Brown, Nov 1979; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial# 43198370, Ethel Craib Brown, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=43198370; Birth: 1885; Death: 1979; Burial: Mount Calvary Cemetery, Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA.

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