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Guide to the Charles Odell Brown Papers ; Brown (Charles Odell) Papers

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Guide to the Charles Odell Brown Papers 1891-1915

Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Overview of the Collection

Title: Papers
Creator: Charles Odell Brown
Dates: 1891-1915
Quantity: 1.2 linear feet
Abstract: Diaries, checks, correspondence, photographs and other papers.
Identification: MG088
Language: English
Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
Moscow, ID 83844-2351

Administrative/Biographical History

Charles Odell Brown worked as a timber cruiser, scaler, and buyer and seller of timberlands. He was born in Sherman, Maine, on April 20, 1841. In 1861 he entered the Union Army as a 2nd lieutenant and in 1862 was promoted to lst lieutenant. On February 6, 1868, he married Clara Edwina Scribner; they had three children, Mary, Nathaniel, and Della.

In 1887 the family moved to Kitchi, Michigan, where they lived until 1895. Brown began his diary in 1891. In June 1893, following a visit to the Chicago World's Fair, C.O. Brown made his first visit to Idaho, remaining until mid-August. Then on June 18, 1894, he returned with his son, arriving in Boise on June 23. They looked over the timber areas in north Idaho for several months, leaving Moscow for Michigan on October 10. On April 20, 1895, the entire family, including Mary's husband Theodore Fohl, left Kitchi, "without any regrets," and arrived in Moscow three days later. In August 1900 Brown acted as timber agent for Frederick Weyerhaeuser, exploring the upper Clearwater Valley white pine areas. This survey laid the foundation for the Potlatch Forests, Inc. timberlands in North Idaho.

C.O. Brown died August 2, 1902, just two weeks after his last diary entry. He is buried in the Moscow cemetery. The Latah County Historical Society, Moscow, has a small collection of C.O. Brown's letters.


Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Forestry and Forest Products
Idaho

Brown, Charles Odell, 1841-1902--Archives.

Forests and forestry -- Idaho -- Mensuration -- History -- Sources
Forests and forestry -- Valuation -- Idaho -- History -- Sources

Timber cruiser for the Weyerhaeuser interests in the white pine forests of Northern Idaho in 1900.

Administrative Information

Source

The papers of C.O. Brown were donated to the University of Idaho Library by his grandson, C.O. Brown, of Friday Harbor, Washington, in 1974.


Detailed Description of the Collection

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1Checks 1897-1903 527 items
(Includes checks of C.O. and Clara E. Brown, and Mary Fohl)
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2Bills and Receipts 1895-1902 37 items
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3Correspondence 17 items
(Includes letters between E.N. Brown and J.A. Humbird)
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4Land and Timber 1897-1904 12 items
(Newspaper clippings, township book, legal documents, homestead and timber claims book, loans of Potlatch Timber Co.)
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5Photographs 1892-1903 19 items
(Most are unidentified and undated)
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6Other Papers 1901-1911 14 items
(Calling cards, notebooks, jury summons, train ticket)
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7-15Diaries 1891-1902 9 items
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16(os)Plat Book; Latah, Shoshone, Clearwater Counties undated 1 item
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17(os)Timber Estimates Book; Latah, Shoshone Counties undated 1 item
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18-19Transcripts of diaries 1990 1 item

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Creation: Encoded by ArchProteus2003
Language: Finding aid is in English

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