1877 Alice Stowell Photo, wife Dr Orland Jonas Brown, North Adams Mass
On reverse: "Alice T. Stowell, North Adams Mass" is handwritten in old period dip pen ink. Photo type: CDV Carte de Visite Photograph, Victorian, with a printed date of 1877. Photographer: William B. Miles. 1843-1903, the son of Kneeland Abbott Miles 1814–1852 and Hetty Potts Miles 1817–1890. Pynchon Bank Block, 485 Main St., near State St., Springfield, Hampden County MA.
Found in Public Genealogy Records:
Alice Therina Stowell 1856-1940, born in Charlestown, Mass. to parents Edward Stowell 1831–1881 and Celestia Ann Stevens Stowell 1833–1910. Her Sister was Edith Lincoln Stowell Brownell 1865–1918, who married Edwin Brimmer Brownell, born 1860, and they had 2 children: Ethel Brownell Stube born 1889 and Alice Elizabeth Brownell 1890–1906.
Alice's husband was Doctor Dr. Orland Jonas Brown 1848-1927, born in Whitingham, Windham County, Vermont. (He first married Eva Hodskins, who died in 1873, leaving a son, William Orland, who died at the age of eighteen years. Secondly he married Ida M Haskins Brown 1854–1881 and had 2 children, William Otis Brown 1873–1960 and Agnes Ora Brown born 1878.) Thirdly, Alice and Orland married in 1884 and had one adopted son, Alfred Goodwin Brown, born 1897. Alice was a teacher in North Adams in census records and lived to be 84 years of age.
Biography of her husband in the public domain book: History of Western Massachusetts: The Counties of Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire. Embracing an Outline Aspects and Leading Interests, and Separate Histories of Its One Hundred Towns, by Josiah Gilbert Holland and published by S. Bowles, 1855 - Berkshire County, Massachusetts:
"ORLAND JONAS BROWN, M.D. Since 1870, Dr. Orland Jonas Brown has been steadily practicing his profession in North Adams, and his activities in the service of community, commonwealth and nation have created a debt of gratitude that they have been repaying in the honored esteem in which he is held. He has served his community as a health officer, his State in its Legislature, and as a surgeon in its militia, from which, after twenty years service he was retired with the rank of lieutenant-colonel, and his long record is one of honor and brilliance in service. Dr. Orland Jonas Brown was born February 2, 1848, at Whitingham, Vermont, son of Harvey Brown, Esq., and Lucina (Fuller) Brown. His father, who was a farmer, was a teacher in the public schools for eighteen consecutive winters, and also held many offices of trust in the farming community where he lived, at Whitingham, Windham County, Vermont, being selectman, overseer of the poor, etc., and representing his town in the Vermont Legislature for two terms. He was popularly known as Harvey Brown, Esq. Dr. Brown received his education in the public schools of his native town, and then spent two terms at Powers’ Institute, Bernardston, Massachusetts. He commenced teaching in the public schools at the age of sixteen years, making a success of the pursuit, and earning sufficient money to pay for his educational expenses. In 1866 he commenced the study of medicine with Dr. J. L. Harrington, at Halifax, Vermont, and then took the full courses of lectures at Bellevue Hospital Medical College, New York, and at the University of Vermont, where he was graduated in 1870, and followed this by taking another year’s study in New York before opening his offices for practice. He later took special courses at Rush Medical College, Chicago, Illinois, and a full post-graduate course at the New York Post Graduate Medical School, from which he was graduated in 1895. Dr. Brown has been very progressive, and has kept abreast of the times in the rapid strides that medicine and surgery have taken in the last half century. During all this period, since opening his offices, he has steadily worked and persevered at his practice, and he has won a splendid clientele, and a substantial success in his profession. He took two trips with the Raymond & Whitcomb Touring Company through old Mexico as their attending surgeon. He has been active in the civic life of his community, and is one of the corporators of the North Adams Savings Bank He is a Republican in his politics, and served as a member of the Massachusetts State Legislature for the year 1889. He has also given service on the committee on public health; was a commissioned medical officer in the Massachusetts State Militia for a period of twenty years, and wax retired with the rank of lieutenant-colonel. He has been one of the State medical examiners for Berkshire County for the past forty-two years (1924); and was a member of the North Adams Board of Health for many years. While in the 2d Regiment Massachusetts Infantry, Dr. Brown served first as assistant surgeon and then as surgeon, being retired as above stated with the rank of lieutenant-colonel. He is a member of the Masonic order, belonging to Lafayette Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons; he also belongs to the Knights of Honor. He has been a deacon in the Universalist Church at North Adams for the past forty years, and superintendent of the Sunday school for a period of twenty-six years. He is a member of the Massachusetts State Medical Society; the Massachusetts Medico-Legal Society; American Medical Association; Association of Military Surgeons of the United States; Medical Association of Northern Berkshire; ex-president of the Berkshire District Medical Society; and he was a member of the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association for several years. He is on the board of directors for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, and for years served as a member of the North Adams Board of Trade, and belongs to the Berkshire Historical Society. Dr. Orland Jonas Brown married (first), November 22, 1871, Eva Hodskins, daughter of Sheriff William and Amelia (Blakeslee) Hodskins, of North Adams. She died October 14, 1873, leaving a son, William Orland, who died at the age of eighteen years. Dr. Brown married (second), September 13, 1876, Ida M. Haskins, daughter of Homer and Martha (Phelps) Haskins. She died in 1881, leaving two daughters, Agnes O. and Ida M., the latter dying in infancy. Dr. Brown married (third), December 16, 1884, Alice T. Stowell, daughter of Edward and Celestia (Stevens) Stowell. Dr. and Mrs. Brown adopted, in his infancy, a son, Alfred Goodwin Brown, born December 11, 1897."
A wonderful well signed and identified photo of young Alice, who lived a long life in North Adams. This may be her college, normal school or seminary photo in her young years becoming a teacher in the Springfield / Northampton / Amherst area. She attended 4 years of college. It was found in Greenfield, Mass in Franklin County. A great historical North Adams piece.
Size: 2.5 x 4 inches
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