Fonds MS 23 - J.B. Brown fonds

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J.B. Brown fonds

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  • 1900-1960 (Creation)
    Brown, Jack B.

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1 cm of textual records;21 photographs

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Not much is known about Jack B. Brown. He was a Resident Engineer on the survey for the Canadian National Railway from Lytton to Gladwin to Kamloops to Jasper and Brule, Alberta. His diary describes his work from 1909 to 1910. He married, and when his wife died he became a recluse on the Bert Leaning property in the hills south of Lytton. Art and Boots Kent befriended him. Brownie was a professional baseball player in Seattle. Inscriptions in two of his books place him in Vancouver in 1914 and in California for the Christmas of 1924. He was coaxed out of retirement to survey portions of the Trans Canada Highway around Lytton, and in the early 1950s he did highway surveys around the Salmo-Creston cutoff road. When he passed away, some of his belongings were being held at Art Kent's place.

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J.B. Brown's effects were left with Art Kent for safekeeping. When Mr. Kent died, J.B. Brown's belongings were donated to the museum by the Kent Estate executor, Mr. L. Dodge.

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The fonds consists of records and photographs. Includes correspondence (1911-1914), a copy of Mr. Brown's diary for 1909-1910, postcards and pictures depicting family and survey locations.

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BCAUL control number: LMA-3472

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