Cuban Ladies in White Win Cato Institute’s Milton Friedman Prize

At a May 17 New York City gala dinner, the Cato Institute awarded its $250,000 Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty to Cuba’s Ladies in White.[1] This award, the political reaction to the award, Cato’s other positions on Cuba and Cato’s background raise interesting issues as discussed below. The Award The Institute’s announcement of this … Continue reading Cuban Ladies in White Win Cato Institute’s Milton Friedman Prize

William Carlos Brown’s Loyalty to His Parents and Home State of Iowa

While W C. Brown (my great-great-uncle) was an important top executive of the powerful New York Central Railroad in New York City, 1902-1913, he still demonstrated loyalty to the state of Iowa, where he grew up, and to his parents (and my maternal great-great-grandparents), Rev. Charles E. Brown and Frances Lyon Brown.       … Continue reading William Carlos Brown’s Loyalty to His Parents and Home State of Iowa

Public Debate About U.S. Regulation of Railroads, January-May 1907

Introduction As discussed in a prior post, the Hepburn Act, which became law on June 29, 1906, empowered the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC), upon complaint, to replace a railroad’s increased freight rates if the ICC determined found them to be “unreasonable” with what the ICC decided were “just and reasonable” rates. This statute presented a … Continue reading Public Debate About U.S. Regulation of Railroads, January-May 1907

Grand Central Terminal’s Centennial

Today (February 2, 2013) marks the centennial of the opening of New York City’s magnificent Grand Central Terminal on 42nd Street. [1] Whenever I am in the Terminal, I marvel at its beautiful details and overwhelming presence.             Being in the Terminal also reminds me of an ancestor who played … Continue reading Grand Central Terminal’s Centennial

James DeGrush Brown and Ella Francelia Dye Brown

James DeGrush Brown (my maternal first great-grandfather) was born on February 9, 1846, in a house near the village of Le Claire, Iowa. There his father, Rev. Charles E. Brown (my maternal second great -grandfather) was the Baptist Pastor.[1] At the time, this was a “thinly settled” area with the nearest neighbor a half mile … Continue reading James DeGrush Brown and Ella Francelia Dye Brown

White Settler’s Contemporaneous Reaction to U.S.-Dakota War of 1862

In 1862 Rev. Charles E. Brown,my maternal second great-grandfather, had been a Baptist missionary to the Iowa Territory and State since 1842, and he and his family lived in the village of Vernon Springs in Howard County in northern Iowa. This was not far from the U.S.-Dakota War in neighboring Minnesota.[1] (In the map to the … Continue reading White Settler’s Contemporaneous Reaction to U.S.-Dakota War of 1862

Rev. Charles Edwin Brown’s Recuperation in New York, 1851-1857

A prior post discussed the 1842 travel to the Iowa Territory by the 29-year-old Rev. Charles Edwin Brown (my maternal second great-grandfather) along with his wife, Frances Lyon Brown (my maternal second great-grandmother), and their two young sons to engage in Baptist missionary work. This they did for the next nine years, as described in … Continue reading Rev. Charles Edwin Brown’s Recuperation in New York, 1851-1857

Rev. Charles Edwin Brown’s Baptist Missionary Work in Iowa, 1857-1887

  Rev. Charles Edwin Brown (my maternal second great-grandfather) and his family first went to Iowa for Baptist missionary work in 1842. He toiled at that work until 1851 when illness forced him and his family to return to their native New York State for recuperation. In 1857 he and his family returned to Iowa … Continue reading Rev. Charles Edwin Brown’s Baptist Missionary Work in Iowa, 1857-1887

Rev. Phillip Perry Brown and Betsy Dickey Brown

On September 17, 1790, Phillip Perry Brown (my maternal third great-grandfather) was born in Bennington, Vermont to Nathaniel and Anna Perry Brown (my maternal fourth great-grandparents).[1] At a young age, Phillip Perry and his family moved to Whitestown,  New York, where the father bought a tract of land and built a house in an area … Continue reading Rev. Phillip Perry Brown and Betsy Dickey Brown

Rev. Charles Edwin Brown’s Baptist Missionary Work in Iowa, 1842-1851

 In 1842, the 29-year-old Rev. Charles Edwin Brown (my maternal second great-grandfather) along with his wife, Frances Lyon Brown (my maternal second great-grandmother), and their two young sons, Benjamin Perry Brown and Charles Perry Brown, left their home in upstate New York and traveled to the eastern part of the Iowa Territory. A prior post … Continue reading Rev. Charles Edwin Brown’s Baptist Missionary Work in Iowa, 1842-1851