A Twentieth century history and biographical record of Crawford County, Kansas, by Home Authors; Illustrated. Published by Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, IL : 1905. 656 p. ill. Transcribed by staff and students at Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas.

1905 History of Crawford County Kansas


C. C. Brown, postmaster at the village of Arma, in Washington township, has been a leading and prosperous citizen of eastern Crawford county for over twenty years. He is very popular as the incumbent of the postoffice, being by nature accommodating and obliging and a man who wins friends wherever he goes. For a number of years he has also been in the general merchandise business at Arma, in fact, has been identified with this town almost throughout its period of existence. He was first in partnership with Mr. Holtensworth, and later with Mr. Sowers. He keeps a first-class general line of goods, such as groceries, dry goods, notions, etc., and by progressive and energetic business methods has extended his trade over a large territory in the eastern part of the county.

Mr. Brown is a native of Effingham county, Illinois, where he was born June 28, 1861. He is a son of an ex-soldier of the Civil war, H. H. Brown, who served and made a gallant record with the Fifth Illinois Cavalry, the crack rough rider regiment of that state. He was in the war for three years. He now lives at Altamont, Illinois. The mother, whose maiden name was Deffenbaugh, is also living at this writing. There are three children in the family, C. C., Isabel and Lena. The father is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, and politically is a Republican.

Mr. C. C. Brown was reared in Effingham county, learning the duties of the home farm, and his education was received in the Illinois schools. At the age of twenty-one, in 1882, he came to Crawford county, and bought a farm of eighty acres in Washington township. He made this a first-class and highly improved farm, and has been a successful man in agriculture as well as in merchandising. For some years he successfully operated a steam threshing outfit in the county.

Mr. Brown married Miss Maggie Morrill, who was reared and educated in Missouri, being a daughter of M. M. and Catherine (Burrison) Morrill, the former now living in Labette county, this state. Mr. and Mrs. Brown have six children, William, Fred, Earl, Charlie, Nellie and Katie. Politically Mr. Brown is a Republican, and has served as a delegate to the conventions, taking an active interest in party affairs.