Edwin L. Brown

(1870 - 1943)


Johnny & Margaret Thon Files
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Edwin L. Brown, Former Lusk Lawyer Fatally Hurt in Rail Yard Accident at Angell, Ariz.; Burial made In Illinois

Edwin L. Brown, 73, former well known attorney of this city, and who for some time past had been engaged as telegrapher and train dispatcher for the Santa Fe Railroad, was fatally hurt last Saturday at Angell, Ariz. when he was struck by a train in the railroad yards of that place. The accident is presumed to have occurred in the afternoon. Mr. Brown was immediately after the accident, rushed to a hospital at Winslow, Ariz., a distance of about 30 miles, where he passed away at 9 p.m. that evening.

Word of the tragedy was received by County Attorney Thos. O. Miller Saturday night, and he conveyed the sad news to Mrs. Brown at her home in this city. According to information received here, Brown had just delivered orders to a train crew and had turned to go back to his office when he was struck by the tender of another engine on the track. It is believed his injuries consisted in the main of concussion of the brain, resulting when he was knocked down, since he was not run over by the engine. Angell is a busy center of the Santa Fe line and Mr. Brown's work necessitated him dispatching as many as 28 trains each day.

The remains of the victim were shipped directly to Chicago, Ill., where a son, Edwin L. Jr.,an attorney, practices his profession. His family resides at Evanston, Ill. near Chicago. Mrs. Brown left here Monday for Chicago where she will meet her son and family and from there accompany the remains to Grand Ridge, Ill. where funeral services were to have been conducted yesterday or today (Thursday). Aside from his wife, Lucy E. and son, Edwin L. Jr., the deceased is survived by two grandchildren of Evanston, Ill. and a niece living in Boston, Mass.

Mr. Brown was a native of Illinois, born in that state in 1870. When a young man, he took up telegraphy and upon completion of training served as operator of the Santa Fe railroad for a number of years. He then studied law and in 1900 graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Upon receiving his degree, he opened a practice in Parker, So. Dak. for 18 years, during a majority of which time he served as probate judge. In 1919 he moved with his wife and son to this city, establishing a law partnership with M. H. Neil who now resides in Colorado.

About ten years ago, Mr. Brown retired from the practice of law, and only last winter resumed his original life of railroading with the Burlington in Nebraska. About eight weeks prior to the fatal accident he transferred from the Burlington line to the Santa Fe.




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