Death Claims Fred Brown
SOUTHWICK - Fred Brown, 58, a member of a pioneer Southwick family, died Monday morning at Los Angeles, where he had lived in recent years, friends here learned Wednesday.
Brown was a grandson of William Brown, one of the first settlers of the Southwick area. His grandfather came here from the Midwest in 1881 and was the first white man to be buried at Southwick. He died in 1882 and his body rests in a field of the old Brown homestead near the Southwick community.
The younger Brown, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Brown of Southwick, attended Southwick schools and moved to California as a young man.
He loved the theater and he was attracted to Los Angeles by the lure of show business. For many years he played the part of a detective in the Uncle Tom's Cabin shows there he met Mrs. Bonnie Mock, an actress whom he married about 35 years ago after the death of her first husband.
For the last 25 years Mr. Brown had driven a taxi for the Yellow Cab. Co. at Los Angeles. He had received company citations for having an accident-free record throughout his driving career.
Mr. Brown was on his way to work Monday morning when he felt ill and drove into a service station for help. He collapsed in the service station and was dead before he could be taken to a hospital by an ambulance.
Survivors include his wife, at home; a brother, Edd Brown, Kendrick; and seven sisters, Mrs. Maggie Akins, who operates Shady Grove Trailer Court at Clarkston; Mrs. Sadie Dygert and Mrs. Martha Sapp, both of Clarkston; Mrs. Ethel Hepler, Southwick; Mrs. Goldie Tempero, Palouse, Wash., Mrs. Edith Walston, Longview, Wash., and Mrs. Jesse Maxwell, Port Alberni, B.C.
The funeral will be held Friday at Los Angeles. Burial be at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Los Angeles.
(Note: Grandfather William Brown's remains were removed from their original resting place and re-interred at the Pine Hill Cemetery in Southwick)
Lewiston Morning Tribune , January 19, 1961
Transcribed by Jo Frederiksen, 2014
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