Randolph County, Indiana
Arla M. Brown
There is always
satisfaction in writing, even briefly, of men of the type of Arla M. Brown,
secretary of the National Poland-China Record Company and an extensive stock
raiser, breeder and farmer, of Winchester, and one of the valued citizens of
Randolph county; for it is a record of triumph after hard climbing up the steps
of life, often in the face of obstacles and with little or no encouragement. It
shows, in a word, what one may accomplish with the attributes of grit,
perseverance and honorable impulses, when rightly directed. There is always a
satisfaction, gained no other way, to the individual, who feels that his
struggles have brought success, even if delayed.
Mr. Brown was
born on January 24, 1872, in Washington township, Randolph county. He is
a son of Edward I. and Melsena J. (Hinshaw) Brown. The father was born
in Darke county, Ohio, and the mother in Randolph county, Indiana, both representing
prominent pioneer families. The father is still engaged in farming in
Washington township, where he is highly esteemed. The mother was called to her
eternal rest on July 7, 1892.
Arla M. Brown
was reared on the farm where he worked when growing to manhood, and he received
his early education in the district schools and the Normal School at Danville,
after which he began life for himself by teaching three years in the district
schools of Randolph county, He was then deputy county treasurer under M. H.
Rubey for some time, and deputy county auditor for over four years under Calvin
S. Engle, giving very satisfactory service under both. In 1903 he
became secretary of the National Poland-China Record Company, with offices in
Winchester. Prior to that he was secretary of the Ohio Poland-China Record
Company at Dayton, Ohio, for a period of two years, then that association
consolidated with the Poland-China Record Company of Indianapolis, becoming the
National Poland-China Record Company, with international scope, including all
the states of the Union, Canada, Argentine Republic and other countries. The
general offices have been in Winchester since 1903. Mr. Brown has given
eminent satisfaction as secretary, and although he is a very busy man he has
found time to look after his farm, being extensively interested in general
farming, feeding and breeding live stock, and he is regarded as one of the
county's leading agriculturists and stock men. He is a stockholder in various
banks and other interests and by his industry and good management has become
one of our substantial citizens.
Brown is a member of the Masonic Order and the Knights of Pythias, being
grand chancellor of the latter in 1910 and a representative to the supreme
lodge of the world in 1911, which is a term lasting four years.
Politically, he is a Republican and is active in public affairs.
Mr. Brown was
married on February 11, 1892, to Eva E. Price, a daughter of James
and Lydia (Woofter) Price, a highly respected family of Randolph
Floyd H. is a student of
osteopathy at the Sill school at Kirksville, Missouri; Norville E., Mary
M. and Mabel are attending high school.
Mr. Brown and
family are members of the Friends church, and he is superintendent of the
Sabbath school and has long been active in church and Sunday school work.
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson
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