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    Cyrus T. Brown was born June 1, 1844, on the farm where he now lives in Staunton township, Miami county, Ohio. His father, Daniel Brown, a well known and respected citizen of Miami county, was born May 9, 1809, at Chepachet, Rhode Island. He was the son of Arnold Brown, who was a native of Rhode Island, and in 1832 came with his family to Ohio and settled near Reading, in Hamilton county, and from there, in 1836, he removed to Miami county and purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land in Staunton township, it being the farm on which Cyrus T. Brown, the subject of this review, now lives. He married Elizabeth Owens, and to them were born seven children, namely: Daniel; John; Elizabeth, who married Louis Morse; Mary, who married C. W. Singer; Joseph; Sarah and Almira. He was a blacksmith by trade, but after he removed to Ohio his principal occupation was farming, and he was a successful, money-making agriculturist, adding to his farm acre after acre. He died in 1869, at the ripe old age of eighty-four. Daniel Brown, his eldest son and the father of Cyrus T. Brown, married Eliza Telford, June 13, 1843. She was born in Concord township, on the old Telford farm, near the present site of the County fair grounds. She was the daughter of Andrew and Jane (McKaig) Telford. This marriage was blessed with six children: Cyrus T.; Cornelia, who resides on the old homestead; Mary B., a woman of more than ordinary intellect, who is now and has been a practicing physician since 1880 in New York city; Arnold O., who resides in Troy; Harry W.; and Rebecca, who died when two years of age. Daniel Brown remained on the old farm from the time it was purchased by his father, in 1836, until he died, in 1877. He was not a member of any church, but attended and gave his money and influence to the support of the Troy Presbyterian church. His wife died November 27, 1899. Daniel Brown was a man of indomitable energy and of fine business sense. He accumulated a good estate and was a public spirited man.

    Cyrus T. Brown, of this review, was educated in the common schools of Staunton township and in the public schools of Troy. When twenty-four years of age his father placed him in charge of the farm, which then and now has within its boundary five hundred acres, four hundred and fifty of which is under cultivation, and since his father's death he has the management of the estate. He has always been a busy man. He controls valuable blocks and real estate in Troy. He was one of the organizers of the Troy Wagon Works Company, one of the most in important manufacturing companies in that city, and is its secretary and treasurer. He is one of the directors of the First National Bank of Troy, and has been clerk of Staunton township for eighteen consecutive years. He was also one of the organizers of the Miami Farmers' Fire Insurance Company and has been its treasurer for twenty years. His past record has been that of a very busy man, with the prospect of many years of usefulness yet to come, for he is in the vigor and strength of mature manhood, with a character of integrity without a stain, possessing the confidence of his fellow citizens. He has been urged to accept political honors, but he has always been too busy to engage in politics, except to vote the straight Republican ticket. He believes every man ought to attend strictly to his own business, and that the surest road to prosperity, private or public, is for every citizen to attend strictly to his own affairs, giving enough time to public enterprises to push along the car of progress. Such is the life and character of Cyrus T. Brown.

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