Bert L. Brown, Prominent In Manlius Business Circles Many Years, Dies

Bert L. Brown, 66, identified with the development of Manlius and its first mayor, passed away at the residence at 9:30 p.m. Friday. Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. at the English Lutheran Church, with the Rev. John Zeltin, pastor, officiating. Committal was in the Manlius Cemetery.

Mr. Brown was born at Prophetstown, June 18, 1877, the son of Hiram and Amelia Brown. He served as postmaster at Manlius, was the first mayor when the town was incorporated in 1905 and while a carpenter and contractor built several of the business houses in the town. In 1915 he opened a furniture store and undertaking establishment which he operated until 1925 when he went to El Paso and entered the same business. He was instrumental in platting the Manlius cemetery and was a charter member of the Masonic lodge, the Order of the Eastern Star, Modern Woodmen and Fidelity lodge.

He married Gertrude Seibel, Nov. 25, 1915, who survives. Others surviving are a son, Aviation Cadet Ward Brown, Fort Worth, Texas; a daughter, Mrs. Beverly Curby, Bloomington; a granddaughter Sharon Curby; his mother, Mrs. Amelia Brown of Walnut; and two sisters, Mrs. Grace May and Mrs. Verda Sargeant, both of Walnut.

Mr. Brown suffered a stroke Feb. 2, 1941, and he and his wife returned from El Paso to Manlius in 1942 when he disposed of his business there.


 (The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, December 27, 1943 - Monday, pg 9, submitted by Melva L. Taylor)




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