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Gladys Lena Brown

Female 1903 - 1997  (93 years)

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  • Name Gladys Lena Brown 
    Born 5 Apr 1903  Adrian, Jackson County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 6 Jan 1997  Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Adrian Cemetery, Delia, Jackson County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2694  Rossville
    Last Modified 23 Nov 2019 

    Father William Harmon Brown,   b. 21 Jun 1866, Belvidere, Boone County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1940, Jackson County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Selena Trezise Brown,   b. 10 Jul 1867, Ishpeming, Marquette County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Feb 1962, Wamego, Pottawatomie County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years) 
    Married 14 Apr 1887  Rossville, Shawnee County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Anniversary- Brown, William and Selena
    Anniversary- Brown, William and Selena
    Celebrate Golden Wedding

    Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Brown of Delia announce an open house on Sunday, April 11th, from 1 to 5 p.m. celebrating their Golden wedding anniversary. The Browns were married in Rossville, April 14, 1887.

    Celebrate Golden Wedding

    Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Brown who live six miles north of Delia, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, Sunday, April 11, with a family dinner and open house in the afternoon. They are Jackson county pioneers. Mr. Brown came to Kansas from Illinois in 1880. Mrs. Brown came from Michigan in 1871. Jackson county was a vast open prairie when Mr. Brown arrived and he broke the sod on the farm where he has resided for 53 years. They were married in Rossville, on April 14, 1887. Mr. Brown is 70 and Mrs. Brown is 69. They are the parents of four daughters, Mrs. Mabel Clark, Belvue; Mrs. Charlotte, Wamego; Mrs. Iva Bailey, Silver Lake and Miss Gladys of the home. They have eight grandchildren and two great-grandsons.

    A color scheme of gold and white was carried out in the decorations and refreshments. The rooms were artistically decorated with white streamers and gold tinted wedding bells. Cut flowers and potted plants, gifts from relatives and friends were in profusion. Five beautiful golden anniversary cakes were baked by the four daughters and three grandchildren.

    Among the many congratulation cards received was one from Mr. Brown’s cousin, Grove Cleveland Preston of Dunedin, Florida. Relatives and friends came from far and near and the house was filled to overflowing. The guests were entertained with a short program furnished by the grandchildren and great-great nieces and nephews. The following poem was composed by Mr. Brown’s niece, Mrs. Anna Franz Gaumer of Wamego and read by the oldest granddaughter, Mrs. Alva Flinn, of Wheaton:

    On April 14, 1887,
    A young man his lady fair
    Were on their way to Rossville where
    A marriage was to be performed,
    Which was to last thru many years.
    And that is why we’re here my dears.

    Then back to the old “Homestead Brown”
    The happiest bride and groom around
    No “mock orange” wreath for them.
    The vows they made, they kept
    Until today, thru fifty years
    They still are happy yet.

    Four daughters came to bless
    This little home of happiness.
    The circle still remains unbroken.
    This we know is another token.
    That God was in this home to care
    And see that all kept safely there.

    The grandchildren number eight;
    The girls and boys an even score—
    Four of boys and girls four more;
    Two small great-grandchildren if you please,
    To sit upon great-grandparents’ knees.

    And then one daughter has her turn
    To see that home fires brightly burn
    And help in every way she may
    To brighten many a lonesome day.
    Their Golden Wedding Day!

    What a flood of memories it brings,
    Many joys as well as sorrows.
    And a host of other things.
    How few folks pierced by Cupid’s dart
    Even live and love to play the part
    Of celebrating as do they
    Their happy Golden Wedding Day.

    They must have whispered soft and low
    In that beloved long ago—
    Come grow old along with me
    “The best, my dear, is yet to be
    “The last of life, for which the first was made.”

    April 14, 1887
    April 14, 1987

    50 years and many more
    Those attending from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. F.H. Franz and family, Hutchinson; Mr. and Mrs. Theron Redmon and Martha, Kansas City; Mrs. Jim Gance, Kansas City, Kan.; John Franz Gaumer, Manhattan; Mr. and Mrs. S.L. Franz, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Oashorn, Westmoreland; Mr. and Mrs. M.F. Day, Onaga; Miss Harriet Franz, Topeka; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Glynn and family, Wamego; Jacob Sheetz, Topeka; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Barney of Rossville; Mr. and Mrs. Louis Tresize and family, Topeka.
    Family ID F767  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Documents
    Obituary- Brown, Gladys
    Obituary- Brown, Gladys
    Gladys Lena Brown, 93, Topeka, died Monday, Jan. 6, 1997, at a Topeka nursing home.
    Miss Brown had been a licensed practical nurse in hospitals and in private homes.
    She was born April 5, 1903, in Adrian, the daughter of William Harmon and Selena Trezise Brown. She lived on a farm near Adrian for many years and also had lived in Kansas City, Mo., before she moved to Topeka.
    Miss Brown was a member and past matron of the Order of the Eastern Star at Emmett. She was a charter member of Community Baptist Church in Topeka and a former member of the Past Matrons and Past Matrons Club. State of Kansas, Shawnee Count and National LPNs organizations. She also was a member of Gage Park Baptist Church, Beulah Chapter No. 34 of the Order of the Eastern Star, Toltec Council No. 1, Mayflower Society, and Daughters of the American Revolution.
    Survivors include five nieces and nephews.
    Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Adrian Cemetery in Jackson County. Miss Brown will lie in state from 2 p.m. today to 11 a.m. Thursday at the Parker-Price Mortuary in Topeka. Memorial contributions may be made to Gage Park Baptist Church, 3601 S.W. 10th, Topeka, 66604.