J. W. Brown
COLLINS PLOW COMPANY HEAD PASSES AWAY
J. W. Brown Died Sunday Morning at His Home at the Ripe Age of 79 J.
W. BROWN. Late Head of the Collins Plow Company, Who Died Sunday
Death Sunday morning ended the long and honorable career of
J. W. Brown, for 46 years a resident of this city and for 38 years
actively identified with the growth and prosperity of the Collins
Plow company. Seventy-nine years old at the time of his death, up to
a short year ago he was active in the management of the great plant
which has grown up under his careful guidance, from a small
beginning to one of the largest manufacturers of farm implements in
this section of the country. Some twelve months ago the natural
decline of age began to tell on him, and he decided to retire from
active pursuits, although up to the first of January of the present
year he remained as treasurer of the company, of which he had been
the secretary – treasurer and general manager for the last 30 years.
At the time of his death he was president of the Quincy Humane
Society, in which he had always taken a great interest, succeeding
the late Henry P. Walton on the latter's death. The funeral is to
take place Wednesday afternoon from the First Christian church.
Mr. Brown was born on a farm some four or five miles
northeast of Palmyra, January 20, 1840, being the son of William P.
and Martha Brown. He was educated in the common schools of that
period and later took a course at the Palmyra Academy, which was
conducted by the late Dr. William Corbyn, later and for many years
rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd and principal of the High
School here. Among his papers this morning was found a certificate
showing he taught school in 1864, Before teaching school, however,
he worked on the farm and was orphaned at an early age, his father
passing away when the son was only 13 years of age. His early
struggles, therefore to obtain an education, were such as to require
the true grit, which showed itself all through his life.
Mr. Brown was married in 1861, on Oct. 31, to Charity
Lovelace, three children being born to this union, all of whom
survive. They are John M., of Columbus, Ohio; Mrs. Mary Farrar of
Quincy and William, also of this city. There are also four
grandchildren, besides two sisters and two half-brothers.
residence in Quincy he has been a member of the First Christian
church, for many years past being the chairman of the board of
trustees. He had always taken a deep interest in religious matters,
and was one of the staunch pillars of this church.
Long Career In
Mr. Brown came to this city in 1873, his first employment
being with H. Burtner & Co., who conducted the large implement
business in the building now razed, which stood in the rear of The
Journal office. Later, while 'making his home in Quincy, he traveled
for Hearst, Dunn & Co. of Peoria, manufacturers of corn planters.
1881 he went with Battell & Collins, who conducted the “plow shop,”
as it was known, at Twelfth and Hampshire. The company was
reorganized at the time and known as the Collins Plow company, and
he became the secretary.
In 1880 the company was reorganized, it
having grown to large proportions under his management, and he was
made the general manager as well as the secretary – treasurer. He
remained in this capacity until his health failed him a year ago
last April, when he retired from the active management, retaining
only the treasurership. This he turned over to his son, William,
[The Quincy Daily Journal, May 19, 1919, Transcribed
by Debbie Gibson]