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MY GRANDMA'S STORY: CHAPTER ONE

MY GRANDMA'S STORY: CHAPTER ONE

March 21, 2010 at 12:07am
My Grandma (Hazel Florence Browne Curtis) wrote these stories of my family down in a notebook for me when I was little. I am going to record them in Notes here bit by bit as follows:

Suggested Names for this story:

1. Adventures of the Family of George and Mary Browne.

2. Hither and Yon With Hazel.

3. From East to West with the Brownes

4. A saga of the Browne Family

or

You name it.


INTRODUCTION

Dear Shirley:

You have been wanting me to write stories for you but I have been procrastinating. You may have to look that word up in the dictionary.

This is July 15, 1973 and at last your book is started.

A Visit to your great, great grandma. The scene of this first story is long ago and far away. In the province of Ontario in Canada was a little place called Osnabruck Center. Like Brooks, it was not really a town. There was a post office, a school and a depot where trains would stop for passengers and freight. Round about were small farms.

On one of these farms your great, great grandparents lived with their twelve children. The oldest was born in January 1845, the youngest in March 1867. Some of the older ones had left home and some were old enough to help their mother care for the younger children.

Here are their names and birthdays:

Jacob E. Browne, born June 24, 1818, died Dec. 14, 1883
Sarah D. Browne born Feb. 29, 1824, died Dec. 29, 1913

Their children:

Jacob Browne born Jan. 20, 1845
Elizabeth Browne (Warner) born Sept. 6, 1846
Elias Browne born July 28, 1848, died Dec. 14, 1863
Thomas Browne, a farmer, who had 7 children, was born April 11, 1850
Mary Ann Browne (Warner) born Dec. 22, 1851 (had one daughter)
John L. Browne, carpenter and contractor, born Nov. 23, 1853
Robert Browne, farmer, had 6 children, was born Aug. 7, 1856
Sarah Browne (Hart), had 2 children, was born Sept. 28, 1858, died April 20, 1889
William H. Browne, Engineer, had 4 children, was born Sept. 28, 1860
George M. Browne, telegrapher and farmer, had 6 children, was born Feb. 14, 1863, died 1929
James Browne, born March 28, 1865, died Feb. 14, 1866
Emily J. Browne, born March 20, 1867, died Aug. 10, 1888

Robert and William each had twins. Robert's twins were Carrie and Corey. William's twins were Alice and Charles. Thomas' son, Will, and Sarah's son, Dalton, lived with us and learned telegraphy from father.  Father's brother, Will, lived in Denver and was a city engineer in charge of the city's water supply.

When I was seven years old, in 1899, father took us back to visit our grandmother. We were living in a little town called Delhi, in Minnesota, so we had quite a long ride on the train. There were beds on the train, one above the other like bunk beds, each separated from the bunks next to it. In the day time the bunks were made over into seats.  I don't remember too much about the trip. In going from Delhi to Minneapolis, we passed the Pillsbury Flour Mills. Mother used Pillsbury flour to make our bread so I was glad to see the place where our flour was made.

When we came to a town in Iowa called Cedar Rapids, my brother, Lloyd, five years old, was looking out the window. The brakeman came through our car and called the name of the station, "Cedar Rapids". Lloyd said "I don't see any rabbits, mamma".

We had to change to another train in Chicago and had time to go to a restaurant nearby where we had some good beefsteak.  As soon as we got on the other train we went to bed. When we woke up in the morning, father said our train was to go through a tunnel that had been made under the St. Croix River. I think that river was between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. When we got through the tunnel we would be in Canada.

I got car sick and wasn't feeling too good so didn't pay too much attention to the scenery in Canada. Finally, we reached Osnabruck Center and the train stopped to let us get off.

Grandma's house wasn't far from the depot and father knew where to go. We had only gone a little way when two little girls came running to meet us. They were Uncle Tom's two youngest children, Nora (7 years old), and Sadie (5 years). They were not at all shy and began telling us all the latest family news.

Then we came to grandma's house. She was a very active little old lady, seventy-six years old. She had been a widow for fourteen years. Her grand daughter, Mildred, lived with her. She was an orphan, Sarah's daughter, about fifteen years old.


Addendum: Below is a link to an old postcard of The Pillsbury Flour Mill in Minneapolis as it was in the early 1900's and as it would have been when my grandma remembered going by it on their train trip when she was seven.


Addendum: Below is a link to an old postcard of The Pillsbury Flour Mill in Minneapolis as it was in the early 1900's and as it would have been when my grandma remembered going by it on their train trip when she was seven.

http://www3.familyoldphotos.com/photo/minnesota/9060/st-anthony-falls-pillsbury-flour-mill-minneapolis-mn-1900s

.My 2nd great grandfather Jacob Elias Browne born June 24, 1818 in Osnabruck Center, Ontario, Canada.   Jacob married Sarah Sanderson, who was born in 1824 in Leith, Midlothian, Scotland.   Their son, my great grandfather, George McLelland Browne, moved to Minnesota where he raised his family until they migrated West ending up in California.My 2nd great grandfather Jacob Elias Browne born June 24, 1818 in Osnabruck Center, Ontario, Canada. Jacob married Sarah Sanderson, who was born in 1824 in Leith, Midlothian, Scotland. Their son, my great grandfather, George McLelland Browne, moved to Minnesota where he raised his family until they migrated West ending up in California.My grandmother on the left, with her brother (center) and sister: from l-r: Hazel Florence Browne, Lloyd Browne and Ella May Browne; circa 1895. Scared to death from a thunderstorm.  From photographer's studio Redwood Falls, Minnesota, USA.My grandmother on the left, with her brother (center) and sister: from l-r: Hazel Florence Browne, Lloyd Browne and Ella May Browne; circa 1895. Scared to death from a thunderstorm. From photographer's studio Redwood Falls, Minnesota, USA. Photo 3>My maternal Great Grandfather George M. Browne, born Feb. 14, 1863 in Ontario, Canada.  Picture taken around 1899 when he was station agent and telegrapher at the Minneapolis & St. Louis Railroad in Redwood Falls, Minnesota.   He was station agent at the depot in Redwood Falls, Minnesota around the time that Mr. Sears of Sears Roebuck got his start there selling watches. My grandma had an article in the Saturday Evening Post with the story and a painting of the depot where my grandma lived when she was little. She pointed out her room which she could tell by the location of the big tree in the yard.   I visited Redwood Falls, Minnesota about  14  years ago and while the depot is gone, they have a commemorative model of it and a plaque with the historical information, which  I have pictures of.  The tree whose branches overlooked my grandma's bedroom window when she was a little girl is still there.  .Photo taken Delhi, Minnesota.  He married Mary Helen Baker in Gary, South Dakota in Dec. 1886.  Due to his declining health (he had Bright's Disease) they later moved to New Mexico and then California where his daughter (my Grandma) married and resided on the farm where my mom was born and raised and where I grew up and on which my brother and his family still live.My maternal Great Grandfather George M. Browne, born Feb. 14, 1863 in Ontario, Canada. Picture taken around 1899 when he was station agent and telegrapher at the Minneapolis & St. Louis Railroad in Redwood Falls, Minnesota. He was station agent at the depot in Redwood Falls, Minnesota around the time that Mr. Sears of Sears Roebuck got his start there selling watches. My grandma had an article in the Saturday Evening Post with the story and a painting of the depot where my grandma lived when she was little. She pointed out her room which she could tell by the location of the big tree in the yard. I visited Redwood Falls, Minnesota about 14 years ago and while the depot is gone, they have a commemorative model of it and a plaque with the historical information, which I have pictures of. The tree whose branches overlooked my grandma's bedroom window when she was a little girl is still there. .Photo taken Delhi, Minnesota. He married Mary Helen Baker in Gary, South Dakota in Dec. 1886. Due to his declining health (he had Bright's Disease) they later moved to New Mexico and then California where his daughter (my Grandma) married and resided on the farm where my mom was born and raised and where I grew up and on which my brother and his family still live.My grandma's, Hazel Florence (Browne) Curtis', aunts (sisters of her father, George M. Browne), my great grand aunts Mary Ann Browne (Warner) born Dec. 22, 1851, seated; and standing Sarah Browne (Hart) who was born Sept. 28, 1858 and died at the age of 30 on Apr. 20, 1889.My grandma's, Hazel Florence (Browne) Curtis', aunts (sisters of her father, George M. Browne), my great grand aunts Mary Ann Browne (Warner) born Dec. 22, 1851, seated; and standing Sarah Browne (Hart) who was born Sept. 28, 1858 and died at the age of 30 on Apr. 20, 1889.My Grandma and her brother and sister (my Grand Aunt and Grand Uncle), from l-r, Lloyd Sanderson Browne, born Feb. 21, 1894, died March 4, 1932; Ella May Browne, born Oct. 20, 1890, died Aug. 29, 1905 at aged 15 of tuberculosis; and my grandma: Hazel Florence Browne (Curtis), born Feb. 22, 1892, in Boynton, North Dakota during a raging blizzard, died Sept. 11, 1982 at aged 90 in Woodland, California of pneumonia.  My parents were with her at the hospital when she passed; and my best friend and I were in my grandma's house, where I had been living with her.  At the moment of her passing, she heard her shuffle down the hall of her house in her slippers just as she so often did in life.My Grandma and her brother and sister (my Grand Aunt and Grand Uncle), from l-r, Lloyd Sanderson Browne, born Feb. 21, 1894, died March 4, 1932; Ella May Browne, born Oct. 20, 1890, died Aug. 29, 1905 at aged 15 of tuberculosis; and my grandma: Hazel Florence Browne (Curtis), born Feb. 22, 1892, in Boynton, North Dakota during a raging blizzard, died Sept. 11, 1982 at aged 90 in Woodland, California of pneumonia. My parents were with her at the hospital when she passed; and my best friend and I were in my grandma's house, where I had been living with her. At the moment of her passing, she heard her shuffle down the hall of her house in her slippers just as she so often did in life.My Great Grand Uncle William H. Browne, born Sept. 28, 1860, on left with his family.  The only ones I can identify are his twins (the girl and boy of about the same size on either side of photo): Alice and Charles.  Of course, his wife seated; I don't know her name.  The gentleman seated on right is my Great Grand Uncle John L. Browne, born Nov. 23, 1853.  William lived in Denver and was a city engineer in charge of the city's water supply.  John was a carpenter and contractor.My Great Grand Uncle William H. Browne, born Sept. 28, 1860, on left with his family. The only ones I can identify are his twins (the girl and boy of about the same size on either side of photo): Alice and Charles. Of course, his wife seated; I don't know her name. The gentleman seated on right is my Great Grand Uncle John L. Browne, born Nov. 23, 1853. William lived in Denver and was a city engineer in charge of the city's water supply. John was a carpenter and contractor.Will Browne, 2nd Great Grand Uncle on my maternal side.Will Browne, 2nd Great Grand Uncle on my maternal side.
The cover of My Grandma's Story which I wrote out in a series of Notes here on FB and shared with many of you.  This is the notebook in which she wrote her story for me.The cover of My Grandma's Story which I wrote out in a series of Notes here on FB and shared with many of you. This is the notebook in which she wrote her story for me.
My grandma, Hazel Florence (Browne) Curtis, late 1980's, with friend Linda and Linda's granddaughter.My grandma, Hazel Florence (Browne) Curtis, late 1980's, with friend Linda and Linda's granddaughter.
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