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Salem Pioneer Cemetery ~ Minerva 'Minnie' Brown ~ part of the Marion County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
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Minerva 'Minnie' Brown
MAIDEN NAME: Cunningham AKA 1:  AKA 2:  AKA 3: 
BORN: 7 Dec 1860 DIED: 11 Feb 1895 BURIED: 13 Feb 1895
BIRTH PLACE:  Kingston, Canada
DEATH PLACE: Beaverton, Washington Co., Oregon
IOOF - Mrs. Minnie Brown, wife of Fred Brown, died of typhoid fever.
1880 OR CENSUS - Minnie Cunningham, age 19, b. Canada, is enumerated with father W. Cunningham, age 53, b. Ireland, occupation brick mason, and Elizabeth, age 49, b. Ireland, along with Florence, age 15, b. Canada, Bertha, age 13, b. Canada, and Jennie age 11, b. Canada.
MARRIAGE - "Fredrick J. Brown, over 21 & Minerva Cunningham, over 18, m 30 Aug 1893 at house of Mrs. Wm. Cunningham by Geo. Whitaker, M. G. Aff: Frank E. Brown. Wit: Harriet Whitaker & Mattie L. Hansee. #4502 pg 383".
BROWN -- At Beaverton, Washington county, at 7:17 p.m., Monday, Feb. 11th, 1895, Minnie, wife of Rev. F. J. Brown and daughter of Mrs. Wm. Cunningham of Salem.
The deceased had been sick for about three weeks with typhoid fever, but was somewhat better Monday afternoon. An attack of heart disease however, caused her death.
The remains will be brought to Salem on tonightÂ’s overland for burial. Funeral services will be held in the first M. E. church, tomorrow at 2 p.m., conducted by Rev. J. N. Dennison. Burial in Rural cemetery. Friends wishing to see deceased should call at the residence of Mrs. Cunningham.
Capital Journal 12 February 1895 4:4

BROWN -- At Beaverton, Washington county, at 7:17 p.m. Monday, February 11, 1895, Minnie, wife of Rev. F. J. Brown and daughter of Mrs. Wm. Cunningham of Salem. The cause of her death was typhoid fever, of which she had been ill for some time. About 4 p.m. yesterday she seemed to grow better but later was attacked with heart trouble when she gradually grew worse and death came at the hour above stated. The bereaved husband is a brother of Frank Brown of Willamette university and is well known in Salem. Notice of the funeral will be given later. The remains will be brought to this city for interment.
Oregon Statesman 12 Feb. 1895, 4:3

A sketch of the Life of One Who Was a Prominent Educator in Salem.
The remains of Mrs. Minnie Cunningham Brown, who died at Beaverton, Washington county, Monday evening, February 11th, were brought to this city last night and the funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the First M.E. church, conducted by Dr. J. N. Denison, and interment will be in the family vault in Rural cemetery.
Of the deceased Pres. W. C. Hawley of Willamette university writes: "With unfeigned grief we mourn the loss of our friend. That she was worthy of our memory both assuages and intensifies our sorrow. She has gone to join the ever increasing company of earth's noble, pure, and mighty in the eternal world. This world is better because of her life and that world is richer by her presence. Though absent from us, she lives a life of beauty and power. Minnie Cunningham was born at Kingston, Canada, December 7, 1860. In her early years she removed with her parents to Salem, Oregon. She attended the old Oregon Institute with Mrs. David Leslie as teacher for many years and after the building of the present university she completed her education in June, 1880. She taught at Silverton and in Salem for a year and was then elected as a professor in her alma mater. It was here that her life's work was principally performed. For ten years among a constantly changing company of students she faithfully and ably performed her duties. Her personality had a persuasive sweetness and a perennial charm. Although her students will always remember her endeavors to assist them in their studies with pleasure, their deeper gratitude will be for her inspiration in them of better and nobler purposes and ideals in life. She resigned from the Willamette university in June, 1893 to share the life's work of her accepted lover, Rev. Fred Brown, to whom she was wedded, August 30, 1893. She was a valuable worker in the church for many years At Salem and at Beaverton her long Christian service was productive of useful and satisfying results.
"With profound regret and pain it must be said she, the sweet and loving wife, the dutiful daughter, the well-beloved friend, died at Beaverton, Oregon, February 11, 1895. A mother and four sisters, a husband and many friends mourn her departure. In the university where she labored so many years a pall has been over the spirits of all since the announcement of her death."
Oregon Statesman 13 Feb 1895, 5:6.
No marker found as of June 2002
IOOF Register of Burials
1880 OR CENSUS (Marion Co., E. Salem, pg 34B)
Marriage Records of Marion Co., Oregon, Vol VII, 1891-94, pg 31
CJ 12 Feb 1895 4:4
OS 12 Feb 1895 4:3
OS 13 Feb 1895 5:6
LOT: 409 SPACE:  LONGITUDE: N 44° 55.176' LATITUDE: W 123° 02.832'

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