Indiana McCaslins

James Harding BrownAge: 79 years18831962

James Harding Brown
Name suffix
Birth January 14, 1883 46 36
Census 1885 (Age 23 months)
Birth of a sisterCatharine Sophia Brown
October 20, 1888 (Age 5 years)
Death of a maternal grandmotherSophia Ann Mower
July 27, 1890 (Age 7 years)
Source: S364
Source: Find a Grave
Census 1895 (Age 11 years)
Census 1900 (Age 16 years)
Note: living with his father on Farwell Street
Death of a sisterElla Marian Brown
February 17, 1903 (Age 20 years)
Source: S1206
Census 1905 (Age 21 years)
Census 1910 (Age 26 years)
Note: Lumber Scaler
Census 1910 (Age 26 years)
Note: Foreman in lumber camp
Birth of a son
James Harding (Hardy) Brown
January 9, 1914 (Age 30 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Death of a fatherJames Harding Brown
March 8, 1917 (Age 34 years)
Burial of a fatherJames Harding Brown
after March 8, 1917 (Age 34 years)
Note: Forest Hill Cemetery, block 64 lot 5
Birth of a son
Robert Kendall Brown
August 4, 1919 (Age 36 years)
Note: Probably Couderay, Sawyer, Wisconsin as that is where his father registered for the draft about a month later.
Census 1920 (Age 36 years)
Note: Storekeeper
Death of a motherAnna Sarah Taft
March 16, 1926 (Age 43 years)
Burial of a motherAnna Sarah Taft
March 17, 1926 (Age 43 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Note: Forest Hill Cemetery, block 64 lot 5 (Find A Grave Memorial# 90691529)
Census 1930 (Age 46 years)
Note: Tire Inspector
Census 1940 (Age 56 years)
Death of a half-brotherCharles Lee Brown
1945 (Age 61 years)

Burial of a half-brotherCharles Lee Brown
1945 (Age 61 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Note: Forest Hill Cemetery, Block 41 Lot 3 (Find A Grave Memorial# 96108406)
Death of a brotherFrederic Dill Brown
November 1, 1956 (Age 73 years)
Source: S471
Burial of a brotherFrederic Dill Brown
November 3, 1956 (Age 73 years)
Note: Lakewood Cemetery, Lot 244 Section 30 Grave 3; Find A Grave Memorial# 35443396
Death of a sisterBertha Mower Brown
1957 (Age 73 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Burial of a sisterBertha Mower Brown
1957 (Age 73 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Note: Hope Cemetery (Find A Grave Memorial# 36873070)
1910 Lumber scaler-foreman, 1918 Owner of a laundry, 1920 Storekeeper in a general store, 1930 Tire Inspector

Death February 22, 1962 (Age 79 years)
Note: Certificate 005762
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Marriage: November 12, 1872Portage, Columbia, Wisconsin
17 months
elder sister
Ella Marian Brown
Birth: March 1874 38 27Wisconsin
Death: February 17, 1903, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
22 months
elder sister
2 years
elder brother
5 years
6 years
younger sister
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Eleanora Fay
Birth: September 13, 1843 35 33Grafton, Worcester, Massachusetts
Death: after July 28, 1870Porterville, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Marriage: September 13, 1863Waubeek, Pepin, Wisconsin
14 months
5 years
Delia Brown
Birth: August 1869 33 25Brunswick, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Death: after July 28, 1870Brunswick, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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6 years


living with his father on Farwell Street


Lumber Scaler


Foreman in lumber camp




Tire Inspector


Certificate 005762

Shared note

James Harding Brown is the name on his WW I Draft Registration Card, but the 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930 census names him as Harding J Brown.

In the 1885 Wisconsin State Census for Eau Claire Ward 3, Eau Claire, Jas [James] Brown has four white males [himself and his three sons, Charles Lee, Frederic Dill and James Harding Jr] and three white females [his wife Anna Sarah Taft Brown, and his two daughters, Ella Marian, Bertha Mower] in his household. His neighbors are the F.W. Deacon family and the Frank A Clay family.

In the 1895 Wisconsin State Census for Eau Claire Ward 3, Eau Claire, J.H. [James Harding] Brown has three white males [himself and his two of his three sons, Frederic Dill and James Harding Jr] and four white females [his wife Anna Sarah Taft Brown, and his three daughters, Ella Marian, Bertha Mower and Catharine Sophia]. His neighbors are the R. Farr family and the Dick Christenson family

The 1900 census confirms the move to Farwell St in Eau Claire, where 64-year-old New York-born engineer James, 52-year-old Vermont-born Anna S and their five Wisconsin-born children, 26-year-old Ella M, 24-year-old Bertha M, 22-year-old Fred D, 17-year-old Harding J [James Harding Jr], and 11-year-old Katherine [Catharine] are all in the Brown household. Charles, James' son by his first marriage, has left home. James and Anna have been married 28 years

In the 1905 Wisconsin Census for Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, 68-year-old New York-born J H [James Harding] Brown is a lumber company manager. He and his 58-year-old Vermont-born wife Sarah [sic] [Taft] Brown have in their household their youngest children, 22-year-old Wisconsin-born engineer J. Harding [James Harding] and 16-year-old Wisconsin-born Catharine. James' parents were born in Germany and England [sic], Anna Sarah's in Vermont, and J Harding and Catherine's parents in New York and Vermont.

In the 1910 US Federal Census for Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, 73-year-old New York-born James and his 63-year-old Vermont-born second wife Anna [Taft] Brown have been married 37 years and have had five children, four are living [Ella died in 1903]. the Wisconsin-born children living with them are 21-year-old [sic] forman [lumber camp] Hardy [James Harding Jr] and 21-year-old Katherine [Catharine]. The family is living at 1236 Farwell which James owns free of mortgage. James Sr is living on his own income. James Sr's' father was born in Germany [sic] and his mother in New York. Anna's parents were born in Vermont.

Harding got counted twice in the 1910 US Federal Census. Once for Drummond Township, Bayfield, Wisconsin, Harding J Brown Jr (age 27 and single), is living in a boarding house, run by Herman Husman, with at least 47 other men. He is working as a lumber scaler in Company Camps. And counted again at his fathers house on Farwell Street in Eau Claire, where his father said Hardy was a foreman in a lumber camp.

According to his WW I Draft Registration Card, James Harding was a self-employed merchant (running a laundry) living in Couderay, Sawyer, Wisconsin on 12 Sep 1918. His wifes name is given as Clara Otelia , rather than Otelia C as it is on the 1930 census.

In the 1920 US Federal Census for Radisson, Sawyer, Wisconsin, 37-year-old Wisconsin-born Harding J Brown [James Harding Brown Jr] is renting a house (no address given). He is a store keeper for a general store. In his household are his 22-year-old Wisconsin-born wife Otelia M [Madson], his Wisconsin-born sons, 6-year-old Harding J III [sic James Harding Brown III] and 6-month old Robert K, his 67-year-old Norwegian-born widowed mother-in law, Olive [sic Olava Halderson] Madson (age 67) and his 33-year-old Wisconsin-born sister-in-law, Nora Madson (a lady salesman in a department store). Next door is Otelia's brother Herman Madson and his family. Herman also works as a storekeeper in a general store (the same one as Harding).

In the 1930 US Federal Census for Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Harding J Brown (age 47) is living in a rented house ($35 a month rent) at 754 Churchill Street. He is a tire inspector in a tire factory and he was at work the day before the census was taken (14 Apr 1930). In his household are his wife Otalia C (age 42), his sons, Harding Jr III (age 16) and Robert K (age 11) and his daughter, Norma O (age 3-1/2).

The 1940 US Federal Census for Radison, Sawyer, Wisconsin records 57-year-old, Wisconsin-born J Harding Brown, his 52-year-old, Wisconsin-born sive,Otelia [Madson] Brown and two of their three Wisconsin-born children, 20-year-old Robert K and 13-year-old Norma. James Harding, Otelia and Robert have completed four years of high school; Norma has completed seventh grade and attended school in the past year. The family is living on Martin Avenue in a rented house, for which James pays $6 rent. The family was living in the same house in 1935. James is the owner-operator of a summer resort and has worked six weeks in the past year. Otelia is a housewife. Robert is a garage mechanic who worked 75 hours in the past week and forty weeks of the past year.

His granddaughter, Kathleen Brown Stardy, called her grandparents Kitty and Pop.

Letter from Kathleen Brown Stardy to Marian Brown Lenhart on 27 Feb 1984: J.H. Brown II, b.1-14-1883, m. 6-27-1912 (Otelia), d. 2-22-1962. He lost an eye working in a lumber camp saw mill. Worked for the Soo Railroad as a surveyor. Wen to Minnesota & N. Dakota. Adopted by the Sioux Indians in 1902. In 1912 to Radisson as a time keeper and a scaler (measured logs) for the Hammer Brothers. Married 6-20-1912 to Otelia, bought some lake shore property on Blueberry Lake (15 mi. N. of Radisson). Bought it from an Indian named Mary Isham. Cleared some land & built a cabin. Rented it to a man who turned out to be Al Capone. He stayed there till his place was being built. J.H.B 2nd got an inspiration to build a resort. It was as a result of the profits from renting his cabin. Their Hiawatha Resort was the first white mans resort on the LacCourt Oreilles Indiana Reservation in Saywer Co., Wis. On July 7, 1926, Norma was born in Radisson, Wis. J.H.B. 2nd started working for the Gilette Rubber Co., in Eau Claire. Summers Otelia ran the resort during the week & he would return on the weekends to help. Family spent winters in Radisson where Otelia ran the store while J.H.B 2nd lived & worked in Eau Claire. He moved back to Radisson when the resort was profitable. Summers spent at resort & winters at store in Radisson. 2 notable guests at the resort were Ferde Groeffe. He wrote part of the Grand Canyon Suite during a rain storm. Also Mildred Bailey. She was a singer in the Groeffe Band. 1943 James, Otelia & Norma moved to Racine (1922 Grange) & had war jobs. James 2nd at Christianson Machine, Otela at J. I. Case, & Norma at Stybergs. Some people from Chicago came to Racine & bought the resort. J.H. 3rd & Dorothy to U.G. (Union Grove sic) in Nov 1952. (Robert & Marjie to U.G. about 6 yr before us). James 2nd & Otelia to U.G. in 1953. James 2nd died Feb 22, 1962. Otelia stayed here until 1971. She had an inner ear infection & then moved to Sun Prairie to live near Norma. (They were living in Sun Prairie at the time). Otelia died Nov. 27, 1972 in Racine while visiting her two sons, J.H.B. 3rd & Robert.