Addis A. Brown, Attorney. An efficient lawyer of the younger generation practicing successfully in Vinita is Addis A. Brown, who has been an Oklahoman for about nine years. He is of Indiana nativity, being the son of the late William R. Brown, of Fort Wayne. Formerly, however, the Brown family were of Pennsylvania stock, William R. Brown having been born in Somerset County in the Keystone State in the year 1843. Our subject’s father was brought by his parents from the Pennsylvania home to Allen County, Indiana, in 1846 and there was reared and educated in the public schools of the community As a young man, he enlisted for service in the Union Army during the troubles of the ’60s. He was a member of Company D, Thirtieth Regiment Indiana Volunteers. Entering the army in 1861, he served his full time of thirty-seven months, under Captain Henry W. Lawton, who later was distinguished as Major-General in the Philippine War. Major Lawton captured the famous Apache Indian chief, Geronimo and was later him self killed in the Philippines by a sharp shooter named Geronimo. William R. Brown participated in all the skirmishes and battles which engaged the attention of his command during the sectional struggle, including the engagements at Shiloh, Stone River, Lookout Mountain, Chickamauga and many more. He returned to Allen County, Indiana, where he was occupied with agricultural enterprises, specializing in stock raising. He married Miss Anna A. Hines, a native of Ohio. Six children were born to them, of whom five are living, the fifth in line being the subject of this review. Mrs. Brown, the mother, is still living in Fort Wayne, to which city her husband retired in 1904, living until 1913. He is remembered as a loyal republican, a patriotic member of the Grand Army of the Republic and as a lover of fine cattle, skilled in developing superior breeds of these indispensable creatures.
The natal day of Addis A. Brown was January 20th, 1879, and the place of his birth was Monroeville, Indiana. The Allen County schools of the Hoosier State were the field of his earliest education and from these he went to the Monroeville High School. Completing a course there, he entered upon the profession of teaching, which he continued for about four years. At the end of that time, he became a student of law in the University of Indiana. In 1904, he received his degree of Bachelor of Laws, and, being admitted to the Indiana bar, he began the practice of law at Bluffton, Indiana.
In 1906, Attorney Brown followed the westward tide of professional and commercial enterprise and located in Vinita, Oklahoma, where he has ever since been engaged in legal practice of gratifying quality and proportions. In 1912, he was honored by Judge Ralph E Campbell with the appointment to the office of United States Commissioner, a civic position worthily bestowed and capably administered.
It is perhaps needless to say that Mr. Brown is a republican in politics. He is moreover a very popular man about town, having many fraternal affiliations and distinctions. He is a member of Vinita Lodge No. 5 of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons and is also a member of the Indian Consistory at McAlester, being a thirty second degree Mason. The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks also claims him in Vinita Lodge No. 1162.
For his life comrade Mr. Brown chose and won a young lady who was born in Vinita and has always resided here. Miss Mabel L. Gunter became Mrs. Addis A. Brown on July 15th, 1909. Mr. Brown’s interests are thus very closely bound with those of Vinita’s older families and deeper interests, thus making him one of the most substantial citizens of the town, which profits by his talents and sterling qualities of typical American manhood.