EUGENE BROWN. The manufacture of butter and cheese has increased enormously during the past thirty years. This is owing doubtless in a great measure to the
growth of cities, which is in itself an indication of the increasing wealth of the country. Wealthy people are able to supply themselves, not only with the necessaries of life, but also with such luxuries as their tastes require. The processes of making both these articles have been much improved since the war, and better cheese and better butter are the results. Hence their manufacture and sale have come to be a very profitable branch of business. Of the many engaged in it in Madison County one of the most successful is the subject of this sketch.
Mr. Eugene Brown was born May 5, 1842, in the town of Eaton. He is a son of John
H. and Elmina (Tuckerman) Brown. John H. Brown was a son of Chad Brown, a native
of Massachusetts, who, desiring to better his fortunes, emigrated from his native State to the State of New York, and was among the first settlers of the town of Eaton, where he followed farming the rest of his life. John H. Brown, also a native of Massachusetts, was a farmer and a dealer in cattle, and was
also for some years engaged in the manufacture of woollen goods. He reared a family of eleven children. six of whom are still living, namely: Healy, of Priceville, Madison County; Albert, of the village of Eaton; Jay, of Auburn, N. Y.; Eugene; Noble, of West Eaton; and Frank, living in Eaton. Mr. Brown, the elder, died at the age of eighty-two years, his wife having died previously, at
the age of sixty.
Eugene Brown was educated in the town of Eaton, and remained at home until he was nineteen years of age. About this time or a little later, animated by patriotic zeal, he enlisted, September 3, 1862, in Company D, One Hundred and Fourteenth New York Volunteer Infantry, under Captain Henry B. Morse, and served through the rest of the war, being honorably discharged in June, 1865. Though he participated in a number of battles, he was not injured until the battle of Port Hudson, in which he received a severe wound, from the effects of which he has never fully recovered. From the time of his discharge up to 1871 he was variously employed. In that year he became engaged in the manufacture of cheese and butter, which he still carries on with unusual success. At first his business was not of large proportions; but in 1892 he made three hundred and fifty thousand pounds of cheese and seventy thousand pounds of butter. For the year 1893 the business will exceed that amount, the daily receipts of milk for this summer being twenty-nine thousand pounds.
In 1869 Mr. Brown married Delia A. Brown, a native of the town of Eaton, and a
daughter of Adon and Rosanna (Tuckerman) Brown, both of whom are still living, and are mentioned more fully in the biographical sketch of George A. Brown elsewhere in this volume. Mr. and Mrs. Brown have had one child, Elma E., born in 1874, and died of consumption, July 31, 1893. Mr. Brown is a member of A. A. Morse Post, No. 268, Grand Army of the Republic, and of Lodge No. 356,
A. O. U. W. In politics he is a Democrat, caring not for office. He is a straightforward business man, and commands the respect and confidence of his neighbors to an unusual degree.
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