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A man of good financial ability and of strict integrity, Joseph Marion Brown, of Greenville, county treasurer of Bond county, is filling the responsible position to which he has been chosen to the eminent satisfaction of all concerned, and enjoys the confidence and esteem of his fellowmen to a high degree. He was born March 26, 1868, in Bond county, on the same homestead farm that his father, the late Robert Brown, spent his entire life.

A son of Wilson Brown, Robert Brown was born in 1834, and died on the home farm, which became his by inheritance, in 1874, while yet in the prime of a vigorous manhood. He married Mary Ann Moore, who was born in Bond county, Illinois, where her father, Joseph Moore located when coming to this state from Tennessee. Of their union seven children were born, Joseph M. being the fifth child in succession of birth. The mother is now living in Greenville with her son Joseph. The father was a sturdy adherent of the Democratic party, and belonged to the Christian church.

Brought up on the old homestead, Joseph M. Brown received a practical education in the common schools, and during all of his earlier life was successfully engaged in agricultural pursuits, living and laboring on the old home farm. An active and enthusiastic worker in political fields, Mr. Brown is a recognized leader in Democratic ranks, and has never shirked the responsibilities connected with public office. In 1898 he was the Democratic candidate for sheriff of Bond county, but made an unsuccessful run, being defeated at the polls by only one hundred and twenty-six votes. In 1905 he was elected to the same office, and served as sheriff of the county for four years. He was then elected county treasurer, and is serving in that capacity with ability and fidelity.

Mr. Brown married, in 1898, Emaline Jane Rogers, of Bond county, and they are the parents of two children, Marion Robert and William Joseph. Fraternally Mr. Brown is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and religiously he belongs to the Baptist church.

Extracted 10 Nov 2018 by Norma Hass from 1912 History of Southern Illinois, by George W. Smith, volume 3, pages 1144-1145.

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