Brown, Cyrus (Judge C.O.) O. (December 2, 1886 - February 11, 1953)



Douglas Enterprise - February 19, 1953

Judge C.O. Brown, 86, prominent lawyer, citizen and former district judge, was found dead in his home yesterday noon by Donald Porter and Earl Clayton, which went to his home to investigate after Walter Fisher had advised Mr. Porter that the judge had failed to answer his telephone all morning. He apparently died instantly of a heart attack earlier that day or some time Tuesday.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete pending the arrival of his daughters.

Cyrus O. Brown was born Dec. 2, 1886. On May 1, 1901, he was united in marriage with Viola Cole at Lincoln, Nebr. The couple moved to Burwell, Neb., where he established a law practice. In 1907 they moved to Douglas where Mr. Brown practiced law until the time of his death, with the exception of six years spent as judge of the old sixth judicial district.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Cleone Dunlavey of LaJunta, Colo., Mrs. Eileen Spears of Casper and Mrs. Wilma Preston of Lyons, Neb. His wife preceded him in death on Sept. 27, 1951, just a few months after they had celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.

Judge Brown lived a full life of service to his God, country and fellowmen. He was active in church, civic and lodge work until the end. He was a trustee of the First Methodist church; past master and trustee of Ashlar Lodge No. 10, A.F. & A.M.; trustee and past president of the Kiwanis club, and a past worthy patron of the Order of Eastern Star.

At the time of his death, Judge Brown had taught the adult Bible class at the Methodist church for more than 40 years. He also held the oldest active card at the public library.

Community Leader C.O. Brown Dies

Douglas Enterprise - February 19, 1953

Death early last week from Douglas one of its ablest and most energetic workers.

C.O.Brown, 86, a Douglas attorney for 46 years, was found dead in his home Wednesday noon by Don Porter and Earl Clayton. He had been on the streets in town as late as Monday evening.

For 46 years, Judge Brown had been a highly respected leader in the community, serving actively both public and private serving right up to the time of his death.

He served as judge of the sixth judicial district. He was active in the early formation of Douglas in the Good Roads at Commercial club. He was a charter member and past president at the annual installation ceremonies of the new officers.

He was a trustee of the First Methodist church and one of his fondest dreams was realized with the construction of the new edifice. He not only served in organization and perpetuation of the drive that led to completion of the new building but contributed man hours of labor to the structure. He had taught the adult Bible class for the past 40 years.

He was a past master and trustee of Ashlar Lodge No. 10 and A.F. & A.M.

He also was the holder of the oldest card at the Douglas Carnegie library.

Tribute came not only from his fellow townspeople but from notables outside of the community.

U.S.Senator Frank A. Barret wired the Enterprise:-"Judge Brown had a long and distinguished career on the district bench. He made vital contributions to the development of our state. He was an outstanding and highly respected jurist, both on the basis of his judicial ability and because of his sterling character. I feel a sharp sense of personal loss. He will indeed be missed."

Cyrus O. Brown was born Dec. 2, 1886. He was married to Miss Viola Cole at Lincoln, Neb., on May 1, 1901. They lived in Burwell, Neb., and in 1907 moved to Douglas.

They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary May 1, 1951. Mrs. Brown passed away the following September 27.

He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. J.L. Spears of Casper; Mrs. Glen Preston of Lyons, Neb., and Mrs. Fred Dunlavey of LaJunta, Colo.; a brother, Frank of Casper and a sister, Mrs. Sarah Johnson who resides in Iowa.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon from the First Methodist church by Rev. Kenneth Moore.

Masonic graveside services and burial were conducted yesterday (Monday).


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