Andrew Brown (1829-1909) was born in Ireland. In 1852, he sailed around Cape Horn to San Francisco. He later went into the
mercantile business, purchased thousands of acres of land, built a flour mill and a lumber mill and became engaged extensively
in farming as well as raising cattle and horses. The collection consists of correspondence, business papers, receipts, bills,
and other papers connected with Andrew Brown's store in Kernville, California, his jobs as postmaster and agent for the Wells
Fargo and Company's Express, and his other business interests.
Andrew Brown was one of the pioneers of Kernville. He was born in Ireland on September 15, 1829; came to Philadelphia as a
young man and in 1852 sailed around Cape Horn to San Francisco; after a try at mining and farming, he went to Kernville and
operated the quartz mill of Joseph W. Sumner, whose daughter he married in 1873; later went into the mercantile business,
owning a very successful general store at Kernville and one at Weldon; was owner of thousands of acres of land, and became
engaged extensively in farming and raising cattle and horses; built a flour mill and a lumber mill; was known throughout Kern
County as a prominent and active citizen; retired in 1904 and moved to Los Angeles; he died on October 12, 1909.
9.0 linear feet
(16 document boxes and 1 oversize carton)
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