The Lusk Herald
February 11, 1943
Services Held for Elmer J. Brown, Niobrara Pioneer
Funeral services for Elmer John Brown, pioneer Niobrara County settler, were conducted Monday afternoon from the Peet Funeral home with Rev. Wm. F. Strey of the Church of God, a neighbor friend, in charge. Pall Bearers were S. W. Boyd, Fred Sheaman, Frank Bradley, Pat Costlow, Lyle Berry and Jim Hoblit. Music was furnished by a quartette composed of Patricia Taylor, Palmer Watson, Frank Kuhn and Harriett Beck, accompanied by Mrs. J. P. Watson. Graveside rites were performed by members of Harmony Lodge, A.F.& A.M. Mr. Brown was a charter member of Mt. View Masonic Lodge No. 161 of Edgemont.
Mr. Brown was born March 23, 1875 at Elgin, Ill. and died February 4th at the age of 67 years.
At the age of twelve, he accompanied his parents to Crawford, Nebr. and at the age of nineteen, he came to Niobrara County where he worked for a number of years on different ranches.
Mr. Brown was married to Mary Elvira Hogg at Hot Springs, So. Dakota in 1899.
Since, Mr. Brown engaged in the ranching business near Lance Creek. When his health failed, he moved to Lusk, where he built a house at the west end of town. Here he spent the remainder of his life. His time was occupied by making wooden articles as souvenirs and tending a garden in the summer months. About three years ago Mr. Brown suffered a paralytic stroke and has not been able to get around since that time. However, in spite of this handicap he did many kind acts for friends who came to see him. At one time Mr. Brown was in comfortable circumstances, but through ill health and other reverses he lost most of his life's savings.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Mary Elvira Brown, who has been ill at the home of her daughter in Denver and was unable to attend the funeral; four daughters Mrs. Clarence Zurcher of Belle View, Nebr., Mrs. Everett Bird of Hat Creek, Mrs. Lyle Holland of Denver and Mrs. Clark Bancroft of Cheyenne and one son John Elmer Brown of Venice, California.
Grace Maxine Bancroft (November 23, 1908 - August 24, 1985)Everett Bird (April 28, 1897 - June 18, 1970)S. Berniece Bird (January 24, 1903 - April 18, 1995)Charles Logan Brewster (March 14, 1875 - November 15, 1959)John Byron Brewster (May 29, 1898 - May 2, 1980)John Logan Brewster (June 16, 1929 - March 15, 2013)Julia Inez Brewster (July 16, 1872 - October, 1959)Maybelle Karen Brewster (October 15, 1897 - February 23, 1966)Stan Van Lear Brewster (April 8, 1906 - May 3, 1978)John E. Brown (August 13, 1913 - March, 1976)Mary Elvira Brown (September 17, 1878 - October 3, 1943)Ethan Allen Hogg (1877 - September 16, 1962)Harriet Lucy Hogg (December 17, 1849 - November 1, 1904)John T. Hogg (January 22, 1844 - September 11, 1932)William Gilmer Hogg (December 17, 1870 - August 9, 1940)Inez Kelly (November 26, 1902 - August 15, 1975)Jack William Marchant (October 17, 1930 - August 16, 2008)James A. Marchant (June 5, 1908 - May 9, 1994)James Anthony Marchant (January 6, 1942 - January 30, 1982)James Madison Marchant (May 13, 1880 - February 5, 1962)Marjorie Mary Marchant (September 19, 1911 - March 16, 1994)Patrick Henry Marchant (January 28, 1911 - August 16, 1970)Pauline Marchant (August 6, 1911 - March 18, 1999)Sylvie Maupin Marchant (February 24, 1884 - February 11, 1954)Neale Charles Sprague (January 2, 1923 - November 24, 1956)David Weston Townsend (June 4, 1960 - September 17, 1985)Dennis Wasserburger (May 21, 1964 - November 17, 2001)Charles Richard Zerbst (February 10, 1870 - February 5, 1952)Edna A. Zerbst (June 14, 1917 - August 2, 1997)Helen Julia Zerbst (Date Unknown - February 28, 1926)Leonard A. Zerbst (August 6, 1948 - May 22, 2000)William R. Zerbst (March 7, 1910 - May 29, 1985)
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