CHARLES CURTIS BROWN, Postmaster at Deering Centre and a dealer in periodicals,
etc., was born at Corinna, Me., October 18, 1822, on the home farm of his parents, John and Sarah (Smith) Brown.
His paternal grandfather was Ephraim Brown, who was for many years engaged in agricultural pursuits in Penobscot
County, this State. Of the ten children born to him and his wife, three are now living, namely: William P.; Ruel
J.; and Charles Curtis, the subject of this sketch.
Charles C. Brown early became familiar with farm labor, having to assist in the care of the stock and do chores
about the house when out of school, becoming so used to the care and management of horses that when but sixteen
years of age he began driving a fourhorse team from St. Albans, this State, to Bangor, and continued as a teamster
for three or four years. Going then to Boston, he was for several months brakeman on a train running between that
city and Medford. Becoming infected with the gold fever, at that time the prevailing epidemic, he went to California,
where he spent live years variously employed — mining, farming, gardening, hotel-keeping, or stage driving, but
never out of work. In 1858 he returned East and entered the mercantile business in Palmyra, Me., where he was also
Postmaster in 1859, 1860, and 1861. During the succeeding fifteen years he carried on a substantial drug business
in Newport, Penobscot County, coming thence to Deering, which has since been his place of residence. He has been
engaged in mercantile business much of the time, having at different times in Portland conducted a drug store,
a grocery store, and a book and stationery establishment. In 1891, under Postmaster-general John Wanamaker, Mr.
Brown received his appointment to his present office, accepting the position August 12, and being one of the few
to retain the office through the political changes. In politics he supports the principies of the Republican party;
and, socially, he is a Mason.
Mr. Brown wedded Martha A. Pollard, daughter of Dr. T. B. and Olive A. (Shaw.) Pollard, the only child born of
their union being Frank P., who resides in Maiden. Mass., but is engaged in business in Boston. Frank P. Brown
married Miss Augusta Montgomery; and they have three children — Doris, Pauline, and Barbara.