Francis Ray Brown

12 December 1918–29 June 2006 (Age 87)
Luray, Russell, Kansas, United States

The Life of Francis Ray

When Francis Ray Brown was born on 12 December 1918, in Luray, Russell, Kansas, United States, his father, Alva Lewis Brown, was 19 and his mother, Mable Mae Leet, was 18. He married Olive Inez Sturkey on 8 February 1964, in Colonial Heights, Virginia, United States. He lived in Mills, Mills, Iowa, United States in 1925 and Brewster, Thomas, Kansas, United States in 1930. He died on 29 June 2006, in Hopewell, Prince George, Virginia, United States, at the age of 87.

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Francis Ray Brown
Olive Inez Sturkey
Marriage: 8 February 1964

Spouse and Children

8 February 1964
Colonial Heights, Virginia, United States

Parents and Siblings

    Alva Lewis Brown





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World Events (8)

1919 · The Eighteenth Amendment

Age 1

The Eighteenth Amendment established a prohibition on all intoxicating liquors in the United States. As a result of the Amendment, the Prohibition made way for bootlegging and speakeasies becoming popular in many areas. The Eighteenth Amendment was then repealed by the Twenty-first Amendment. Making it the first and only amendment that has been repealed.
1922 · Oldest radio station west of the Mississippi

Age 4

The Karlowa Radio Corporation, in Davenport, was issued a new license for broadcasting and with it they were randomly assigned call letters of WOC. The small studio was the first to reach the Iowa area and was identified as one of 21 stations that were desirable because of coverage area and performance. In September 1927, WOC became a member of the new NBC radio network and still is today. In 1932, Ronald Reagan got his first broadcasting job at WOC as a sportscaster and he returned in 1988 after his presidency tour. WOC is the oldest surviving broadcasting station in the middle Mississippi Valley and was the first to keep logs on their electrical consumption and their on-air programming.

Age 23

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and Irish: generally a nickname referring to the color of the hair or complexion, Middle English br(o)un, from Old English brūn or Old French brun. This word is occasionally found in Old English and Old Norse as a personal name or byname. Brun- was also a Germanic name-forming element. Some instances of Old English Brūn as a personal name may therefore be short forms of compound names such as Brūngar, Brūnwine, etc. As a Scottish and Irish name, it sometimes represents a translation of Gaelic Donn. As an American family name, it has absorbed numerous surnames from other languages with the same meaning.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Jack Brown in household of J F Leet, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • Frances R Brown in household of George W Nichols, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Francis R Brown in household of Alva Brown, "United States Census, 1920"

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