Alfred Brown

15 Sep 1859 - 2 Nov 1930

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Alfred Brown

15 Sep 1859 - 2 Nov 1930
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Grave site information of Alfred Brown (15 Sep 1859 - 2 Nov 1930) at Alpine Cemetery in Alpine, Utah, Utah, United States from BillionGraves

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Alfred Brown


Alpine Cemetery

283 N 300 E
Alpine, Utah, Utah
United States




July 24, 2011

Alpine Cemetery

January 1, 1970

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Grandpa Brown's Account of the No. 5 Mine Explosion as a Nine Year Old Boy

Contributor: Soonersports1 Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

My mother Dorothy Florence Brown wrote my grandpa's life story when he was 72 years old in his own words, as he dictated it to her from his the rocking chair, by the coal stove in his Alpine farm kitchen. Good smells came from the simmering pots and things baking in the oven as he told his story, while Grandma Alice Brown prepared our Saturday or Sunday family meals and we played quietly. They did this during the winter season. Sometimes if he had come in from the fields he would put his feet on the open oven door to warm his thick woolen socks and frozen feet as he talked. When dinner was ready we would gather around the farm table and feel such sense of family and love and security as I hope for again in the next life. My Grandfather George Alfred Brown was the second living son of Alfred and Helen Bell Brown. This is an account of the Almy, Wyoming, No. 5 Mine Explosion, told through the eyes of a nine year old boy. It is amazingly accurate when compared with the other accounts of older men that can be googled now. I was surprised to find so many. Grandpa described a happy secure childhood up to this point with all of his Aunts, Uncles, cousins on both the Brown and Bell sides living strung out for five miles along the Bear River. They had a five room home, owned their own home and furniture had good food on the table and shoes and school and big family celebrations. ~Barbara Earle Ashpole ( daughter of Dorothy Brown) great granddaughter of Alfred Brown, granddaughter of George Alfred Brown who told this story. " In the spring of 1893 when my father was nine years old, an event occurred which changed the whole course of his life. He was on his way to the music store to buy himself some licorice candy whistles when all of a sudden a terrific explosion rocked the earth. Smoke and timber shot out of the No. 5 mine. He was amazed to see the whole top of the fan house rising into mid-air. Dad was so frightened, his first thought was to turn away from it and find a shelter for himself. He ran to Malbies place and hid around the corner of their house, then he decided that the best thing for him to do would be to head for home. But, as he ran he saw the people coming out of every house and heading toward the scene of the disaster. He changed his mind and sticking close to some of the women he ran back with them. They had about a mile to go before they reached it. On the way they met his Uncle Jo. Uncle Jo had a handkerchief over his head, blood was running down his face. He had been struck by a piece of timber and part of his ear was driven into his head. He had been carried out of the mine as one of the dead and laid out in the Black Smith shop. There he regained consciousness, got up and walked home. Timbers had been blown as far as two miles. Dad actually saw a pick handle driven through a timber. All the rest of that day he stood and watched them bring the dead and injured out of the mine. They were laid out in the shops and finally just along the hillside. Seventy were dead. People covered all the bodies they could with cloths and blankets. it was a sight never to be forgotten. The women stood huddled in groups long into the night...sorrowing and attempting to comfort one another. It seems that a chamber of the mine had been sealed off and the entrance to it marked, " Explosive Gas". A foreigner who could not read English accidentally opened it. The mine was seven miles deep. The tragedy happened just a few minutes after the shift change. Dad's father, (Alfred Brown) and his Uncle Stewart Hutchinson had only been home about ten minutes. Alfred Brown had thrown off his shirt and was bent over to wash up when he heard the windows rattle and felt the vibration. He knew instantly what was happening. He grabbed his shirt and went as quickly as he could to help. He had experienced other explosions during his mining career, but never any as severe as this one was. He went back into a collapsing, burning mine to bring out the dead. For a week he worked, helping to wash the dead and what ever he could." It strikes me as the bravest and purest love of Christ to do that. I think about how bravely and how hard he worked to provide for his family and all he asked was the opportunity to do it. " A fair days pay for a fair days work" was his creed. ~ Barbara Earl Ashpole - Great Granddaughter "Grandpa I see your life and honor it"

They Also Serve ( A poem for two blind grandfathers) My Father's Father

Contributor: Soonersports1 Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

An award winning poem about Alfred Brown by his granddaughter Dr. LaVon Brown Carroll (granddaughter) Utah State Poetry Society, Inc. Laureate 1982

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Contributor: Soonersports1 Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

Another award winning poem written about Alfred Brown by his granddaughter Dr. LaVon Brown Carroll Utah State Poetry Societies Poet Laureate 1982 from "The Shrouded Carousel"

Life timeline of Alfred Brown

Alfred Brown was born on 15 Sep 1859
Alfred Brown was 10 years old when Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton founded the National Woman Suffrage Association, breaking away from the American Equal Rights Association which they had also previously founded. Susan B. Anthony was an American social reformer and women's rights activist who played a pivotal role in the women's suffrage movement. Born into a Quaker family committed to social equality, she collected anti-slavery petitions at the age of 17. In 1856, she became the New York state agent for the American Anti-Slavery Society.
Alfred Brown was 15 years old when Winston Churchill, English colonel, journalist, and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1965) Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British politician, army officer, and writer, who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. As Prime Minister, Churchill led Britain to victory in the Second World War. Churchill represented five constituencies during his career as Member of Parliament (MP). Ideologically an economic liberal and British imperialist, he began and ended his parliamentary career as a member of the Conservative Party, which he led from 1940 to 1955, but for twenty years from 1904 he was a prominent member of the Liberal Party.
Alfred Brown was 25 years old when Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is published in the United States. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel by Mark Twain, first published in the United Kingdom in December 1884 and in the United States in February 1885. Commonly named among the Great American Novels, the work is among the first in major American literature to be written throughout in vernacular English, characterized by local color regionalism. It is told in the first person by Huckleberry "Huck" Finn, the narrator of two other Twain novels and a friend of Tom Sawyer. It is a direct sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
Alfred Brown was 35 years old when Mahatma Gandhi forms the Natal Indian Congress (NIC) in order to fight discrimination against Indian traders in Natal. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was an Indian activist who was the leader of the Indian independence movement against British rule. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. The honorific Mahātmā – applied to him first in 1914 in South Africa – is now used worldwide. In India, he is also called Bapu and Gandhi ji, and known as the Father of the Nation.
Alfred Brown was 49 years old when Ford puts the Model T car on the market at a price of US$825. Ford Motor Company is an American multinational automaker headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. It was founded by Henry Ford and incorporated on June 16, 1903. The company sells automobiles and commercial vehicles under the Ford brand and most luxury cars under the Lincoln brand. Ford also owns Brazilian SUV manufacturer Troller, an 8% stake in Aston Martin of the United Kingdom, and a 49% stake in Jiangling Motors of China. It also has joint-ventures in China, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Russia. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is controlled by the Ford family; they have minority ownership but the majority of the voting power.
Alfred Brown was 53 years old when The British passenger liner RMS Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic at 2:20 a.m., two hours and forty minutes after hitting an iceberg. Only 710 of 2,227 passengers and crew on board survive. RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early hours of 15 April 1912, after colliding with an iceberg during its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. There were an estimated 2,224 passengers and crew aboard, and more than 1,500 died, making it one of the deadliest commercial peacetime maritime disasters in modern history. RMS Titanic was the largest ship afloat at the time it entered service and was the second of three Olympic-class ocean liners operated by the White Star Line. It was built by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. Thomas Andrews, her architect, died in the disaster.
Alfred Brown was 69 years old when Walt Disney character Mickey Mouse premieres in his first cartoon, "Plane Crazy". Walter Elias Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced several developments in the production of cartoons. As a film producer, Disney holds the record for most Academy Awards earned by an individual, having won 22 Oscars from 59 nominations. He was presented with two Golden Globe Special Achievement Awards and an Emmy Award, among other honors. Several of his films are included in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
Alfred Brown died on 2 Nov 1930 at the age of 71
Grave record for Alfred Brown (15 Sep 1859 - 2 Nov 1930), BillionGraves Record 65109 Alpine, Utah, Utah, United States