Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


An expert in matters pertaining to both gas and electricity, F. E. Brown, the popular office manager of the Coast Valley Gas & Electric Company, of Monterey, has been of much service to his fellow-citizens in the development of interests of great importance to both town and county. He was born at Portage, Wisconsin, April 4, 1898, the son of U. E. and Katherine (Smithers) Brown, who are still living. Mrs. Brown, as a little girl, resided in Santa Barbara, and she has interesting stories to tell of that old Mission town.

F. E. Brown attended public and high schools of South Dakota, and afterward went to Aberdeen, that state, where he profited by an excellent commercial course in a business college. Then he learned telegraphy and busied himself as an operator in Montana for a year and a half. He next enlisted in the United States Army, joining the S. A. T. Corps, and for a year was in the shipyards in Washington, D. C. On his return to Wisconsin he was with the Beloit Gas & Electrical Company for a year and in October, 1920, he came to Monterey. He liked the old town, the old town and the new-comers, too, liked him, as soon as they came to know that he was here, and here he has been ever since. He has made for himself a creditable position in business circles and as manager is contributing in large measure to the success of the Coast Valley Gas & Electric Company, the business of which is steadily increasing.

Naturally, Mr. Brown belongs to the Monterey Chamber of Commerce, and his associates, who find in him a live wire, are glad that he has come to help them put a willing shoulder to the wheel. Socially he is a welcome member in several circles, including Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, to which he belongs. He is fond of golf, and of fishing and hunting.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.