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Ulyssis Mortin Brown
BORN: 22 Mar 1868 DIED: 8 Jul 1895 BURIED: 10 Jul 1895
BIRTH PLACE:  Benton Co., Iowa
DEATH PLACE: Salem, Marion Co., Oregon
Name of father Robert B. Brown
Name of mother Ellen/Helen
IOOF - Ulyssis Mortin Brown, age 30, died in Salem, "suicided by drowning".
1870 IA CENSUS - Ulissus [Ulysses] Brown, age 2, b. Iowa, is enumerated with Robert, age 34, occupation farmer, b. Indiana, and Ellen, age 30, b. New York. Also enumerated with the family is Elizabeth Brown, age 43, b. North Carolina, and Mary Brown, age 21, b. Indiana. 
1880 IA CENSUS - Morten Brown, age 12, b. Iowa, is enumerated with Robert V. [B.], age 44, occupation farmer, b. Indiana, and Ellen A., age 39, b. New York, along with O. Lulu, age 5, b. Iowa. Also enumerated with the family is Elizabeth Brown, identified as sister [of Robert], age 49, b. Indiana.
In a Fit of Despondency He Jumps into the Willamette River
The Coroner’s Inquest. 
Ulysses Mortin Brown, aged 27 years and son of Mrs. Helen A. Brown, residing at the southwest corner of Chemeketa and Summer streets, committed suicide by drowning in the Willamette river some time after 11:30 o’clock Monday night. 
For several years Mr. Brown had been employed at the Fashlon stables in the capacity of foreman and hostler. He was a quiet, gentlemanly person and faithful to the duties imposed on him in caring for the horses and other property of his employers. He worked for Minto & Low during their ownership of the stable and was retained by Mr. George Collins, who is the present owner, until the 2st of June, when he was discharged. During the time since then and up to July 1st he drove the express wagon for Mr. Kirk, who has been ill with an attack of fever. R. Kirk resumed charge of his express business on the 1st inst., thus throwing Brown out of employment. Brown when not at work was subject to despondency and in times past hinted to relatives and friends that he would be "better off dead." This was particularly noticeable Monday evening after returning to his home about supper time, when he remarked to his mother that it was all "up" with him and she and his sister could get along better without him. He remained at the house about fifteen minutes and then prepared to come down town. His mother requested him to stay home but he refused and that was the last time she saw him alive. 
Reaching the business portion of the city he loafed around the saloons and about 11 o’clock was in the Elkhead where about thirty minutes later he approached N. J. Ferrel, the bartender, and gave him his watch remarking that, "if anything happens to me see that my mother gets this." He then walked over to another person present and shook his hand saying he might not see him again. During all this time he appeared to be in a conscious condition and his friends supposed that he was simply joking in the matter. Mr. Ferrel took the watch and checking it placed it in the money drawer. A few moments later Brown left the saloon. Yesterday morning as Mr. P. Baldwin, agent for the Altona, opened the wharf near the foot of State street for the reception of passengers and freight, he noticed a bundle of clothing on the dock near the lower corner and proceeded to examine it. It consisted of a coat, vest and hat. The agent notified the police of the discovery and Policeman Coss took charge of the clothing. In one of the pockets was a knife and also a handkerchief. Learning of the strange actions of Brown at the saloon as mentioned above, Mr. Coss’ suspicions were aroused to the effect that the clothing belonged to Brown. Consequently he placed the clothing before Mrs. Brown who quickly decided that it belonged to her son and that he must have carried out his threat made before her the previous evening. 
The news of the discovery soon became known about the city and friends of the young man, among who were Walt Low and Charles Boothby in particular, decided to search for his body in the river. Boats and grappling hooks were secured and the search began about 9 o’clock. After a couple of hours’ work Messrs. Low and Boothby concluded to cease further attempts to find the body, at least until after dinner. Just about this time W. H. Dickey and Z. J. Zinn offered their assistance in the search, and after a short time noticed a body floating in the eddy about 40 feet out from the river bank at the foot of State street and 150 feet above the Altona dock. They pulled for it and discovered that it was face downward. Hauling it in to shore word was sent to the police and an express wagon secured to remove the body to A. M. Clough’s undertaking establishment. This was about 12:30 o’clock. The body was spread out on the cooling board and numerous persons called to view it before the arrangements for the coroner’s inquest were completed. Mrs. Brown was notified of the body being found and was accompanied to the undertaking rooms by sympathetic friends. The scene presented as she bent over the cold form of her son and called on him to come back to her was certainly a very sad one and brought tears to the eyes of nearly all those who witnessed it. After remaining by the side of her deceased son for a few minutes kind hands led he away and she requested the undertaker to make the necessary preparations for removing the body to her home. 
Mr. Clough, as coroner, had witnesses and a jury summoned for the inquest and at 3:45 it began. F. J. Bolter, F. J.Catterliln, F. H. Townsend, Edward Argold, W. H. Ridell and Charles Johnson sat as the jury the latter being chosen foreman. Of the witnesses, Newton J. Ferrell was first called. He was a resident of Salem, a bartender. Was acquainted with the deceased. He came into Mr. Anderson’s saloon between 11 and 12 o’clock Monday night and asked me to take his watch, which I did; he said, "if anything happens to me see that my mother gets this." He had remarked to her that life to him was not worth living unless he could have work; and remarked this several times; reasoned with him in every way; when he came home Monday evening he said he had not secured any work and thought that his mother and sister, Lulu, could get along without him; then spoke about going downtown; she told him he had better not go; staid [sic] home only fifteen minutes; he expected to go to work at the Fashlon stable if agreement could be reached; he wanted $25 a month and board to take charge of the barn, but the proprietors wanted him to do it for $15; previous to last night he always told her the hour she might expect him home each evening; but did not Monday night; was always punctual; was making preparations to go down town this Tuesday morning to hunt for her son when messenger called to inform her of finding the hat and clothes supposed to belong to her son; always thought he never drank other than to take a glass of beer occasionally; had no thought of his taking his life; his name is Ulyssess Nortin Brown; was 27 years old on the 22d day of last March; was born in Benton county, Iowa. Z. J. Zinn who, with Mr. Dickey, first discovered the body in the river was the next and last witness. His testimony was similar to that of Mr. Dickey. He was well acquainted with Mr. Brown and had never seen him intoxicated. 
The jury deliberated on the case a few moments only and rendered a verdict that Brown’s death was caused by drowning to commit suicide. The remains were removed to the family home last evening. The funeral of Mr. Brown will be held at the residence this afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Interment will be in Rural cemetery. 
Daily Oregon Statesman 10 July 1895 4: 2 & 3
No marker
IOOF Register of Burials 
1870 IA CENSUS (Iowa Co., Lenox, FA #62) 
1880 IA CENSUS (Iowa Co., Adair, ED 4, pg 10B)
OS 10 July 1895 4:2 & 3

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