Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The
Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties,
State of Washington", published by Western Historical Publishing
JOSIAH J. BROWN was born in Columbiana county, Ohio, on October 6, 1846. He is now one of the wealthy and substantial farmers in Lincoln county and resides about six miles southeast of Edwall, where he owns a large estate. He came here about 1883, coming from Iowa to San Francisco, thence to Portland, on to Walla Walla and from that place by wagon to his present location. He owns seven hundred and thirty-nine acres of good land, four hundred of which are devoted to the production of wheat and the balance to pasture. He has a band of cattle, plenty of horses and equipments for his farm, and other property. His place is well improved with buildings and other conveniences and during the winter the family reside in Sprague where he owns a good residence. Mr. Brown's parents are James and Catherine (Fox) Brown. They were both born in Pennsylvania, and died in Iowa, the father in 1855 and the mother in 1881. When six years of age, our subject came to Iowa with his parents and then six years later he started out for himself. He went to Illinois and there received his education, working for his board and clothes during the summer and winter and attending school during the winter months. At the age of eighteen he enlisted at Monmouth, Illinois, in the Forty-seventh Illinois Infantry and served one year. He participated in the battles of the Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely and did efficient services as a soldier until mustered out at Selma, Alabama, in January, 1866, having been in the ranks one year. He then devoted himself to farming in Henderson county, Illinois. In 1874, he came west to Iowa and a second time purchased a farm near Red Oak, which was his home until 1883, when he took the journey west above mentioned. Mr. Brown did services in various public capacities, having been assessor and justice of the peace in Iowa, and in 1894, was elected treasurer in Lincoln county. He is a man of good ability and unquestioned integrity and has won the esteem and respect of all who know him. Mr. Brown has the following brothers and sisters, Morgan D., Thomas V., Harmon P., Mrs. Mary McMillen, Mrs. Elizabeth Dobbin, Mrs. Lavina J. Weaver.
On October 28, 1868, at Olena, Illinois, Mr. Brown married Miss Adaline W. Starling and to them five children have been born; Mrs. Minnie E. Misner of Sprague; Mrs. Nettie K. McDonald of Medical Lake; Arthur C. attending college at Pullman; Zaida A.; and Spencer A. at home. Mrs. Brown was born in Greene county, Indiana, on August 17, 1850. When small, she went with her parents to Ohio, remaining about nine years. Then they removed back to Indiana, where the mother died, when this daughter was fourteen years of age. Then she went to live with her sister, Mrs. Mary Starling. In September, 1865, she came with her brother to Olena, Illinois, and there she married Mr. Brown, as stated above. Mrs. Brown's father, Israel Starling, was of Scotch ancestry and a relative of Lord Sterling, the name being changed when they came to America. He died at Harrison, Ohio, in 1853. The mother, Cinderella Sultzer, was born in Virginia, on March 6, 1800, and when quite small, came with her father, Dr. Sultzer, to Kentucky, where he took a homestead, the mouth of the famous Mammoth cave being on the claim. She removed thence to Ohio, in 1845, and was married three time during her life. She was a relative of Abraham Lincoln. In 1865 her death occurred, the day being in February. Mrs. Brown has one half brother, William Smith, of Red Oak, Iowa, and one sister, Mrs. Sadie Sharpnack, of Wilbur, this county.
Mr. Brown assisted to organize the first school district and the first Methodist church on Rock creek, and has always been enterprising and active in furthering the interest of the community.