OSCAR J. BROWN

Was born at Hartford, Vt., October 22, 1808, and died in Claremont, March 27, 1892.

In 1832 he commenced driving stage from Hanover to Royalton, Vt., twenty-five miles, and soon became proprietor of the line. In 1835 he came to Claremont and was part owner of the line of stages from Walpole to Chelsea, Vt., a distance of eighty-three miles, being himself one of the drivers. From 1832 to 1885, with many changes of lines and routes, he was almost constantly connected with the staging and livery business his last being as owner of the staging from Claremont village to the Junction and village railroad stations. In all this period of fifty-three years he never met with a serious accident, injured a passenger, or killed a horse. He was known as a careful and expert driver.

 In 1850 Mr. Brown erected a one-story wooden block of stores, on the corner of Pleasant and Sullivan streets, where Union block now is, and added two stories to it in 1854. This building was destroyed by fire March 26, 1887. In 1860 he built the brick block on the opposite corner of Pleasant street, and other buildings and dwellings during his residence in the town. He was a strong, energetic man, and his life an active and always busy one.

In 1849, when the Sullivan railroad was opened for business, Mr. Brown was the first passenger conductor on it, which position he resigned after a few months' service.


To celebrate his eightieth birthday, October 22, 1888, seventeen gentlemen among his older neighbors, in compliment to him, his age and reputation as a stage man, having provided a Concord stage-coach, with eight spirited gray horses attached to it, invited Mr. Brown to drive them to Windsor, Vt., for a dinner.Type your paragraph here.