- In an article published in the Milton newspaper that the Hon. Neal Brown, of Wausau, WI had attended his brother's funeral and became a mainstay of the family since Carey's illness and had done everything possible for his brother before his death. This is the first mention of another child in the family.
Here is the article about Hon. Neal Brown from Wausau in 1900:WAUSAU IN 1900Hon. Neal Brown.Hon. Neal Brown is a lawyer by profession and a philosopher by inheritance; he is a lover of nature, a sportsman in the truest sense of the term and a writer of much ability. He might with propriety be called a genial grumbler. Were he not a Brown he would be a Carlyle, and the quaint and cynical and incisive criticisms of men and things with which he is wont to regale and always to edify his friends, are of a quality to do the great, grim, rugged Thomas Carlyle no discredit. Mr. Brown is himself great, grim and rugged, and his knowledge is confined to no narrow scope. It is practically world-wide. He is widely and accurately read, is perennially cocked and primed for the deep discussion of all things natural, or super-natural, or subnatural, and he rarely talks in private or in public without teaching his listeners something worth knowing, which they had never before known.
Mr. Brown's attainments and reputation in the legal profession are enviable and steadily growing. He is the senior member of the firm of Brown, Pradt & Genrich, attorneys at law, which has attractive offices in the First National Bank building, and enjoys deservedly the high rank which has been honestly earned.A Badger by birth, having been born in Jefferson county, Wisconsin, in 1856, Mr. Brown has spent all the years of his life in this state. He continued to reside in Jefferson county until 1877, attending the county schools. In 1880 he graduated from the law school of the University of Wisconsin and came to Wausau in July of the same year, and has resided here continuously ever since, steadily adding to his reputation as a lawyer and as a hale fellow, well met. He represented Marathon County as assemblyman two years and for four years served in the State Senate from his district.
Mr. Brown was married July 2, 1892, to Louise Norton of Lockport, Ill. They have an elegant home, surrounded by attractive groves of native trees and shrubs, all set by Mr. Brown who is an enthusiast on the subject of tree culture and landscape gar-dening.Mr. Brown is a member of Wausau Lodge Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and Forest Lodge No. '3° F. & A. M.
Term: Brown, Neal 1856 - 1917
lawyer, businessman, politician, b. Jefferson County. He was the son of Thurlow Weed Brown (q.v.). He graduated from the Univ. of Wisconsin (LL.B., 1880), moved to Wausau, and set up a law practice. In 1885, he and two partners formed the Wausau Law and Land Association, a firm dealing in real estate throughout northern Wisconsin, as well as in Michigan, Minnesota, the Pacific coast, and the South. One of the most powerful businessmen in northern Wisconsin, Brown was among the organizers of the Wausau Street Railway, the Marathon Paper Mills Co., the Wausau Sulphate Fiber Co., and the Chisholm Electric Co. (Minnesota), and was an active promoter of the Wisconsin Valley Electric Co. A consistent opponent of governmental restrictions on business, he campaigned to eliminate tariff restrictions and fought state control of Wisconsin water-power rights. Originally a Republican, he became a Democrat in 1888 and served as state assemblyman (1891-1892) and state senator (1893-1896). In 1908 he was the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate. He was president of the state bar association in 1909. L. Marchetti, Hist. of Marathon Co. . . . (Chicago, 1913); Wausau Daily Record-Herald, Sept. 19, 1917; N. Brown, Critical Confessions (Wausau, 1899).
The Wisconsin Historical Society has manuscripts related to this topic. See the catalog description of the Neal Brown Papers <http://arcat.library.wisc.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?Search_Arg=rlin+%22wihv99-A858%22&SL=None&Search_Code=CMD&DB=local&CNT=30> for details.
[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography]