A. W. BROWN, merchant, Ullin, was born in Wabash County, Ind., December 26, 1848; is a son of Ephraim and Elizabeth (Birds) Brown, both natives of Pennsylvania. He was the fifth of twelve children, and received but a common school education in the schools of his county. At the age of fifteen, he started out for himself and went first to Buchanan, Berrien Co., Mich., where he worked on a railroad, and then after a year's visit at his native town, he came to Ullin, Ill. Here he first acted as sawyer in Morris, Rood & Co.'s mill; remained with them three years, then worked in James Bell's mill as setter; next he opened a saloon which he ran for about three years, and then embarked in the mercantile business. He now carries a stock of about $3,000. He has a farm of forty acres, located in Section 15, Town 14, Range 1 west, and is also engaged quite extensively in buying and selling lumber. Mr. Brown was married October 13, 1870, to Alice James, a daughter of Samuel and Eliza (Garust) James. She is the mother of three children — Bertie, Lela Gertrude and Maude. Our subject is a member of the Mound City Lodge, K. of H., No. 1847, and in politics votes the Democratic ticket.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, pages 326-327.