C. A. BROWN, contractor and builder, Alameda, is a native of the Hoosier State, born in Switzerland county, March 19, 1837, where he was reared and educated. He is the son of James and Deborah (Hatch) Brown, who had eleven children, our subject being the sixth. The father was a native of the Buckeye State, and moved to Indiana in 1816. His parents were of Scotch- Irish ancestry and came to America before the Revolutionary war. The grandfather of our subject was a participant in the destruction of tea in Boston harbor. Mrs. Deborah Brown was a native of New York, her people being of the influential families and early settlers of that State.


Mr. Brown came to California and located in the city of Alameda in 1876, and has since been connected with the building trade. He has designed and erected a large number of handsome residences in the city and suburbs.


He was elected a member of the Board of Education in 1884, and is now president.

Politically he is allied with the Democratic party on all national matters, although not active in local politics. Socially, he affiliates with Oak Grove Lodge, No. 215, and Chapter No. 70, F. & A. M.; K. of P., No. 81, and United Workman, lodge No. 5, all of Alameda.


He was joined in marriage at Mt. Sterling, Indiana, in 1872, with Levica M. Cotton of this State. The family is numbered among the early settlers of Indiana. The grandfather was one of the framers of the State Constitution.


Mr. and Mrs. Brown have two sons, viz.: Loyd B. and Philip E.


Mr. Brown is a useful and worthy citizen and has the respect of the community in which he resides.

Transcribed by Walt Howe. 

Source: "The Bay of San Francisco," Vol. 1, pages 590-591, Lewis Publishing Co., 1892.

2004 Walt Howe.


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