Louisa Brown Passes 93rd Birthday
Louisa Brown, one of Madisonís oldest residents, passed her 93rd
birthday anniversary last Wednesday. On Sunday, twenty-one
members of her family were present for a basket dinner in her
honor at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Minnie Creasman. An
immense birthday cake was brought by her daughter, Mrs. W.F.
Thompson of Carthage, Ill., Mrs. Brown cutting and serving it to
each. Mrs. Brown was born Sept. 26, 1852 near Ash, and has
continuously made her home within a few miles of her birthplace. She
is the mother of 11 children, six of whom are living, George
Brown, P. R. Brown of Centralia, Mrs. W.F. Thompson of Carthage,
Ill., Mrs. Clarence Garnett of Paris, Mrs. Eleanor Thompson and
Mrs. Creasman, all of whom were with her Sunday. She also
has 27 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren, and four
her children, others present Sunday were Mrs. George Brown, Mr.
and Mrs. Archie Stauterman and daughter, Marion, and Mrs. P.R.
Brown and daughter, Mary, of Centralia. Elmer Thompson, Mr.
and Mrs. Merit Van Buren, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Creasman and son
Donald, Mrs. Billie Bradley and daughter, Linda, of Madison.
Brown has lived through four wars, and during World War II ten
of her grandsons and great-grandsons have served in the armed
forces. One of these grandsons, Jack Brown, gave his life
for his country in August 1944. Other grandsons who have
taken part in this war are: Paul Reed Brown, with the air corps;
Ray Brown, air corps; Cleo Garnet, with the tank corps of the
Seventh Army; Verne Creasman, serving in Europe as an engineer
with the air corps, now en route home; John William Brown,
served as a dentist with the U.S. Navy in the southwest Pacific;
great-grandsons are Billy Creasman, with the infantry in Europe;
Franklin Creasman, in the Philippines; Bobby Creasman, merchant
marine, and Jackie McGee, with Naval Air Corps at Norman, Okla.
Brown has seen the days of the oxen drawn wagon to the time of
cars, airplanes and radios. At the age of ten she assumed
the care of two sisters and two brothers at the death of their
mother. During the Civil War her father took his family to
Illinois out of the way of the war in Missouri, crossing the
Mississippi River en route to Illinois on a ferry boat.
Brown took her first bus ride today, when she accompanied her
daughter, Mrs. W.F. Thompson, to Carthage, Ill., for a visit. She
has never seen a movie although her great-grandson, Jackie
McGee, has been in a number of movies in Hollywood before
entering the Navy on his 18th birthday a short time
ago. Mrs. Brown has smoked her corncob pipe the past thirty
years, but doesnít approve of cigarette smoking for girls of
the present generation.
Undated article from an unknown newspaper; submitted by Don