Indiana McCaslins

James McCaslin BrownAge: 91 years19152006

Name
James McCaslin Brown
Name suffix
Sr
Birth May 19, 1915 36 33
Death of a paternal grandfatherJames Harding Brown
March 8, 1917 (Age 21 months)
Burial of a paternal grandfatherJames Harding Brown
after March 8, 1917 (Age 21 months)
Note: Forest Hill Cemetery, block 64 lot 5
Census 1920 (Age 4 years)
Death of a maternal grandfatherDavid Serril McCaslin
May 9, 1921 (Age 5 years)
Source: S1495
Source: Find a Grave
Burial of a maternal grandfatherDavid Serril McCaslin
May 12, 1921 (Age 5 years)
Source: S1495
Source: Find a Grave
Note: Fairlawn Cemetery, Section K, lot 372, grave 3; Find A Grave Memorial# 59695070
Occupation
Railroad engineer

Christening of a sisterMarian Mower Brown
August 16, 1922 (Age 7 years)
Death of a paternal grandmotherAnna Sarah Taft
March 16, 1926 (Age 10 years)
Burial of a paternal grandmotherAnna Sarah Taft
March 17, 1926 (Age 10 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Note: Forest Hill Cemetery, block 64 lot 5 (Find A Grave Memorial# 90691529)
Census 1930 (Age 14 years)
Death of a maternal grandmotherHarriette Barrett Studley
September 8, 1931 (Age 16 years)
Burial of a maternal grandmotherHarriette Barrett Studley
September 9, 1931 (Age 16 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Note: Fairlawn Cemetery, Section K, lot 372, grave 2; Find A Grave Memorial# 59695165
Birth of a son
#1
Frederic Emil Brown
July 9, 1943 (Age 28 years)
Death of a fatherFrederic Dill Brown
November 1, 1956 (Age 41 years)
Source: S471
Burial of a fatherFrederic Dill Brown
November 3, 1956 (Age 41 years)
Note: Lakewood Cemetery, Lot 244 Section 30 Grave 3; Find A Grave Memorial# 35443396
Death of a motherChristine McCaslin
March 29, 1958 (Age 42 years)
Source: S472
Note: Died at daughters home (Fredica Brown Bishop), 2802 W 40th Street, of liver cancer.
Burial of a motherChristine McCaslin
March 31, 1958 (Age 42 years)
Note: Lakewood Cemetery, Lot 224 Section 30 Grave 4; Find A Grave Memorial# 35242649
Death of a sisterFrederica Brown
November 10, 1965 (Age 50 years)
Note: died from metastisized breast cancer
Burial of a sisterFrederica Brown
November 12, 1965 (Age 50 years)
Note: Lakewood Cemetery, Lot 266 Section 30 Grave 2; Find A Grave Memorial# 32288249
Death of a sisterElizabeth Studley Brown
March 30, 1967 (Age 51 years)
Death of a wifeAlvi Vieno Ojennus
November 21, 1976 (Age 61 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Note: Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital
Burial of a wifeAlvi Vieno Ojennus
after November 21, 1976 (Age 61 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Note: Bruce Crossing Cemetery (Find A Grave Memorial# 166539477)
Death of a sisterMarian Mower Brown
September 20, 1990 (Age 75 years)
Burial of a sisterMarian Mower Brown
September 22, 1990 (Age 75 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Note: Cemetery: Austin Memorial Park Plot 5a-59-7 (Find A Grave Memorial# 41640705)
Death August 3, 2006 (Age 91 years)
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father
mother
Marriage: September 2, 1908St Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota
7 months
elder sister
21 months
elder sister
2 years
elder sister
2 years
himself
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wife
son
Private
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Frederic Emil Brown
Birth: July 9, 1943 28 27Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna, Alaska
Death: June 26, 2014Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna, Alaska

Census1920 US Federal Census
Census1930 US Federal Census
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Chas St.George, Director Public Relations 907.232.0503 WASILLA, ALASKA (August 4, 2006)
Legendary Iditarod Photographer Passes

The IDITAROD Sled Dog Race has lost a very talented and dedicated friend. On August 3rd, Jim Brown passed away in Palmer, Alaska at the age of 91. Jim was described as a consummate photographer who shared his love for the Last Great Race on Earth and shear beauty of the Iditarod Trail with millions of race fans from around the world.

Today, we mourn the loss of one of Alaskas legendary photographers.

Biography written by James and Fred Brown Celebrated Alaska photographer James M. Brown died in his sleep on August 3 in Palmer, Alaska. He was 91. Brown was born in Huron, South Dakota, the fourth of four children, to Christine McCaslin and Frederic Dill Brown. Dubbed the lead dog of Iditarod photographers by the Anchorage Times, Brown was also a musician and railroader. He graduated from Minneapolis John Marshall High School in 1933, while already working in the photography department of the Minneapolis Star. He was learning photography during a time before film, when a separate plate and flash bulb were used for every shot.

In the 1950s Brown became official photographer for the Alaska Dog Mushers Association in Fairbanks, sometimes assisted by one of his sons. In 1977 Joe Redington asked Brown to be official photographer for the Iditarod Trail Race, and he agreed, and continued photographing Iditarod events through 2000 sometimes assisted by son Jim or a granddaughter or two. Brown welcomed Jeff Schultz to the Iditarod photo coverage, and eventually Brown took black-and-white photos and Schultz did the color photos. After the 1993 Iditarod race Brown was presented with the Spirit of the Iditarod award, in acknowledgement of his extensive contribytions of time and of his massive experience in photography.

Browns interests in photography sometimes involved his music. He photographed musicians in Fairbanks from the 40s to the 90s, including photographing participants at the annual Fairbanks Summer Arts Festivals (including major artists), as well as entire ensembles.

In 1933-1935 Brown studied flute at the McPhail School of Music and attended the University of Minnesota, and performed in summer concerts of the Minneapolis Symphony. In those lean years Brown sometimes found radio music jobs for himself and friends, including Perry and Buzz Como, and the Andrews Sisters. Buzz made the mistake of introducing his girlfriend Alvi Ojennus to Brown, who then married her in 1937.

Jobs were scarce, so Brown and a friend relied on a coin-flip by Brown, which came up tails, so they both decided to find work in Alaska rather than Australia, while Brown assured his wife Alvi that he would send for her and her first son Jim Jr., born in 1938.

The elder Jim Brown then shipped steerage on Alaska Steamship lines, arriving in Anchorage in 1939. He secured work in 1940 as a section gang hand on the Alaska Railroad, and then sent for Alvi and Jim, Jr. When the war broke out, he worked as engineer and conductor for the Army at Fort Richardson, and then returned to the Alaska Railroad proper as he called it. Over 25 years he worked his way up, from cook to section man to brakeman, conductor and then Yardmaster in Fairbanks. While a yardmaster he lead a fight to keep union status for yardmasters in the Fairbanks yard: he maintained his membership in what was then the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. As a union member, he frequently represented railroad workers (at their request) in disciplinary matters and grievances.

When Brown retired he was asked which trainmen would be the better yardmasters. The men he indicated ran the Fairbanks yard for many years thereafter: he had trained both of them.

Family memories range from a summer spent living in a boxcar in Curry with his wife and two small sons to a few years later shoving those same sons away from their model train to work out switching problems with his yard crew.

Along the way Jim Brown or his progeny were involved in founding the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra, the Fairbanks Light Opera Theater; the Anchorage Community Concert Band, the Wasilla Community band, the Fairbanks Community Band, and the Front Row Seats Band.

For 20 years Jim was a member of the College of Fellows of the University of Alaska; for 70 years, a Democrat; for 25 years a cancer survivor. He gave pep talks to colostomy patients on things still possible in life.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife Alvi and his sisters Frederica Bishop, Marion Lenhart, and Elizabeth Chase. He is survived by his sons Jim and Fred Brown, daughters-in-law Dean, Helen and Gladys Brown; granddaughters and spouses Robin and Paul Reindl, and Shelly Brown and George Hearin, and eight nephews and nieces and their children.