James McCaslin BrownAge: 91 years1915–2006
- James McCaslin Brown
- Name suffix
|Birth|| May 19, 1915 36 33|
|Death of a paternal grandfather||James Harding Brown|
March 8, 1917 (Age 21 months)
|Burial of a paternal grandfather||James Harding Brown|
after March 8, 1917 (Age 21 months)
Source: Family records
Note: Forest Hill Cemetery, block 64 lot 5
|Census|| 1920 (Age 4 years)|
Source: 1920 US Federal Census
|Death of a maternal grandfather||David Serril McCaslin|
May 9, 1921 (Age 5 years)
Source: Illinois Death Certificate
Source: McCaslin Data
|Burial of a maternal grandfather||David Serril McCaslin|
May 12, 1921 (Age 5 years)
Note: Fairlawn Cemetery, Section K, lot 372, grave 3; Find A Grave Memorial# 59695070
|Christening of a sister||Marian Mower Brown|
August 16, 1922 (Age 7 years)
Source: Genealogy of the Studleys
|Death of a paternal grandmother||Anna Sarah Taft|
March 16, 1926 (Age 10 years)
|Burial of a paternal grandmother||Anna Sarah Taft|
March 17, 1926 (Age 10 years)
Note: Forest Hill Cemetery, block 64 lot 5 (Find A Grave Memorial# 90691529)
|Census|| 1930 (Age 14 years)|
Source: 1930 US Federal Census
|Death of a maternal grandmother||Harriette Barrett Studley|
September 8, 1931 (Age 16 years)
Source: Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths
|Burial of a maternal grandmother||Harriette Barrett Studley|
September 9, 1931 (Age 16 years)
Source: Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths
Note: Fairlawn Cemetery, Section K, lot 372, grave 2; Find A Grave Memorial# 59695165
| Birth of a son|
|Frederic Emil Brown|
July 9, 1943 (Age 28 years)
|Death of a father||Frederic Dill Brown|
November 1, 1956 (Age 41 years)
|Burial of a father||Frederic 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 mother||Christine McCaslin|
March 29, 1958 (Age 42 years)
Note: Died at daughters home (Fredica Brown Bishop), 2802 W 40th Street, of liver cancer.
|Burial of a mother||Christine McCaslin|
March 31, 1958 (Age 42 years)
Note: Lakewood Cemetery, Lot 224 Section 30 Grave 4; Find A Grave Memorial# 35242649
|Death of a sister||Frederica Brown|
November 10, 1965 (Age 50 years)
Source: Minnesota Death Index
Note: died from metastisized breast cancer
|Burial of a sister||Frederica Brown|
November 12, 1965 (Age 50 years)
Note: Lakewood Cemetery, Lot 266 Section 30 Grave 2; Find A Grave Memorial# 32288249
|Death of a sister||Elizabeth Studley Brown|
March 30, 1967 (Age 51 years)
|Death of a wife||Alvi Vieno Ojennus|
November 21, 1976 (Age 61 years)
Source: US Social Security Death Index
Note: Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital
|Burial of a wife||Alvi Vieno Ojennus|
after November 21, 1976 (Age 61 years)
Note: Bruce Crossing Cemetery (Find A Grave Memorial# 166539477)
|Death of a sister||Marian Mower Brown|
September 20, 1990 (Age 75 years)
Source: Texas Deaths, 1964-1998
Source: Texas State Vital Records
|Burial of a sister||Marian Mower Brown|
September 22, 1990 (Age 75 years)
Note: Cemetery: Austin Memorial Park Plot 5a-59-7 (Find A Grave Memorial# 41640705)
|Death|| August 3, 2006 (Age 91 years)|
|Family with parents|
Frederic Dill Brown
Birth: May 27, 1878 42 31 — Porterville, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Death: November 1, 1956 — Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota
Birth: May 28, 1881 28 24 — Muncie, Delaware, Indiana
Death: March 29, 1958 — Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota
Marriage: September 2, 1908 — St Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota
7 monthselder sister
Birth: April 12, 1909 30 27 — St Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota
Death: November 10, 1965 — Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota
21 monthselder sister
Elizabeth Studley Brown
Birth: December 29, 1910 32 29 — Aberdeen, Brown, South Dakota
Death: March 30, 1967 — East Providence, Providence, Rhode Island
2 yearselder sister
Marian Mower Brown
Birth: February 5, 1913 34 31 — Aberdeen, Brown, South Dakota
Death: September 20, 1990 — Austin, Travis, Texas
|Family with Alvi Vieno Ojennus|
Alvi Vieno Ojennus
Birth: December 4, 1915 26 27
Death: November 21, 1976 — Otonagon, Ontonagon, Michigan
Frederic Emil Brown
Birth: July 9, 1943 28 27 — Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna, Alaska
Death: June 26, 2014 — Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna, Alaska
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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.