Indiana McCaslins

Otelia Clara MadsonAge: 84 years18881972

Otelia Clara Madson
Married name
Otelia Clara Brown
Birth January 23, 1888 59 35
Note: Her parents were born in Norway.
Census 1900 (Age 11 years)
Note: Living with her parents
Death of a fatherOle Madson
before 1910 (Age 21 years)

Note: His wife Olava is listed as head of household in the 1910 census for Raisson, Sawyer, Wisconsin
Census 1910 (Age 21 years)
Note: Living with her mother
Birth of a son
James Harding (Hardy) Brown
January 9, 1914 (Age 25 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Birth of a son
Robert Kendall Brown
August 4, 1919 (Age 31 years)
Note: Probably Couderay, Sawyer, Wisconsin as that is where his father registered for the draft about a month later.
Census 1920 (Age 31 years)
Census 1930 (Age 41 years)
Census 1940 (Age 51 years)
Death of a husbandJames Harding Brown
February 22, 1962 (Age 74 years)
Note: Certificate 005762
Death November 27, 1972 (Age 84 years)
Family with parents - View this family
Marriage: about 1873
15 years
Family with James Harding Brown - View this family
6 years


Her parents were born in Norway.


Living with her parents


Living with her mother

Shared note

In the 1900 US Federal Census for Sand Creek, Dunn, Wisconsin, 71-year-old Norwegian-born merchant Ole and his 48-year-old Norwegian-born wife Olava [Halderson] Madson have been married 27 years and have had eight children, but only five are living. Three of the five, all Wisconsin-born, are living with them. They are 25-year-old clerk Herman, 18-year-old milner Minnie and 12-year-old school girl Otillia [sic] Clara. The family is living in a house that Ole owns, free of mortgage. Otilia has attended school nine months of the past year. Everyone can read, write and speak English. Ole and Herman have had no months unemployed in the past year, but Minnie has had six months without employment. Ole emigrated from Norway in 1862 and has been in the United States for 38 years. Olava emigrated from Norway in 1871 and has been in the United States for 29 years. Neither are naturalized citizens. Everyone's parents were born in Norway.

In the 1910 US Federal Census for Radisson, Sawyer, Wisconsin, 57-year-old Norwegian-born widow Olive [sic] [Olava Halderson] Madson is head of household with her own income. She owns her home free of mortgage. Living with her are her 34-year-old Wisconsin-born son Herman (partner in a general store), her 26-year-old Wisconsin-born daughter-in-law (and Hermans wife) Julia, and her 22-year-old Wisconsin-born daughter Otelia (a sales lady at the general store). Herman and Julia have been married within the year and have no children. Everyone in this family can read, write and speak English. All their parents were born in Norway.

According to James Hardings WW I Draft Registration Card, the Brown family was living in Couderay, Sawyer, Wisconsin on 12 Sep 1918. Her 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, Harding J Brown (age 37) is renting a house (no address given). He is a store keeper for a general store. In his household are his wife Otalia M (age 22), his sons, Harding Jr III (age 6) and Robert K (age 6 months) , his mother-in law, Olava Madson (age 67) and his sister-in-law, Nora Madson (age 38 and a lady salesman in a department store). Next door is Herman Madson, Otelias brother, 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.