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Sarah A. Brown Obituary

Obituary of Sarah A. Brown

Brookfield Magnet, December 27, 1927. Brookfield IL

Funeral services for the late Dr. Sarah Ann Brown, for twenty years a resident of Brookfield, and for the past five years an inmate of the Chicago State Hospital, were held at the McCampbell Mortuary, 6453 Irving Park Blvd., Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock in charge of Rev. Glenn A. Rowles, pastor of the First Congregational Church. Internment was in the Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Dr. Sarah Ann Brown was born in London, England July 7, 1840, and at the age of four years came to America with her parents in a sailing vessel, which took nine weeks to make the journey and during the long journey a younger sister was buried at sea, an event she clearly remembered.

The family went to Buffalo, N.Y., and later came to Wisconsin and settled on a farm near Milwaukee where she grew to womanhood, getting an education such as the schools of that time afforded, and later becoming a teacher.

She was very patriotic, and took an active part in all the work done by the women during the Civil War. She was engaged to a young lieutenant who was killed on the very day on which he was to leave for home on a furlough, at which time the young people planned to be married.

Miss Brown took his death very much to heart, and being of a rather romantic temperament, she disguised herself as a young man and succeeded in passing the recruiting officers and was mustered into the service. She was later taken sick and sent to a hospital, where her sex was discovered, and she was placed in the care of a family in St. Louis and later sent home.

She then decided to take up the study of medicine, with the idea in mind of going to China as a medical Missionary, a new field of work inthat day. She came to Chicago and entered Rush Medical College, and went through the Chicago fire of 1871, losing all her books andclothing, and finally making her way to the home of a sister on the north side. She assisted in the distribution of food and clothing, andresumed her studies very soon thereafter, and after her graduation served as an interne and resident physician in the Mary ThompsonHospital. She was a close friend of Dr. Mary Thompson, and often spent her holidays and week ends with Dr. Thompson in her home in Des Plains.

She was always a student, and kept in touch with everything pertaining to her profession, which she dearly loved. She practiced in Chicago for a number of years, coming to Brookfield about 1900, making her home for several years with her niece, Mrs. Willis Melville.
She had many friends among the early residents of Chicago, and could tell many interesting stories of the early days. She led a veryactive life until about ten years ago, when she began to fail mentally, and for the past five years she has been taken care of by the ChicagoState Hospital, where the doctors and nurses have been much interested in her on account of her past record.

She was one of a family of nine children, only one of whom, a brother, is now living. She passed away on Christmas afternoon at the age of eighty-seven years, five months, and eighteen days.

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