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Beulah Matteson and husband Alvin Wilson Brown

Alvin Wilson Brown
and his wife Beulah May Matteson Brown

Alvin was born May 29, 1866, Ogden, Weber, Utah - died June 21, 1945, Salmon, Idaho
Beulah was born 1882 Harper County, Kansas - Died in 1946 on Lemhi River Road in Salmon, Idaho

Alvin Wilson Brown was born at Wilson Lane, Weber, Utah on May 29, 1866. He had a twin brother, Calvin Brown. Their grandfather was Captain James Brown, founder of Ogden, Utah, originally called Brownsville.

Alvin and Calvin were the sons of John Martin Brown and Almeda Wilson Daley Brown

Hattie Matteson Bucher, Alvin Brown, Beulah Matteson Brown Alvin Brown with twin brother Calvin Brown
Alvin and Calvin Brown
Beulah May Matteson Brown and Alvin Brown c.1910

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Alvin Brown married on October 28, 1899 at Blackfoot, Bingham, Idaho, to Beulah May Matteson, who was born in Harper County, Kansas on March 21, 1882 to William Comstock Matteson and Hattie Matteson Harper (Bucher). Her family came to Grey's Lake, Idaho in 1899. [The Matteson family had a supply wagon that was driven by William's daughter, Beulah May. They trailed a milkcow for milk. When they got to Soda Springs, one horse died, so William sent the family on to Idaho Falls with one wagon and the only horse. He was unable to locate another horse to pull the second wagon, so he arrived in Idaho Falls with the old cow pulling the wagon.

William Matteson, [son of Ezra Dean Matteson 1819-1857 and Emma Verona Comstock 1826-1857], had a horse-drawn carriage that he traveled back and forth from Idaho to Florida in. It was a real sharp looking little carriage with fringe around the top.

William went to Florida to shoot alligators and "swamp rattlers" for the skins, Which he tanned and sold for good prices. On the way back to Idaho, he would use some of the skins to cover bibles, photo albums, etc. for people along the way. It is said that he did real nice work too, using big snake skins that were wide enough to cover a book. He kept the skins rolled up into big rolls.

He also kept tools in his carriage to mend pots and pans for people while he traveled. He used to sell "Mend-Its", which consisted of two washers and a flat screw to mend holes in dishpans and kettles.

William Matteson had other ways to earn money on his annual trips to Florida. He sold eyeglasses, and even had the equipment to test his customer's eyes. Another popular item was his own healing salve that he made up and sold.

In his later years he raised bees, and sold honey for about eight years throughout the entire Snake River Valley.

Beulah and Alvin met and married in Ogden where she had answered his newspaper advertisement seeking a wife. Twelve children were born to the couple.

Beulah May Brown Stricklan, Albert Comstock Brown, DuShane Harwood Brown, Dorothy Lucetta Brown Rackham Larson at Axe Canyon, Dillion, Montana c.1909
Back: Beulah May Brown (Stricklan), Baby: Albert Comstock Brown, DuShane Harwood Brown
Front with dog: Dorothy Lucetta Brown Rackham Larson
at Axe Canyon, Dillon Montana c. 1909

Children of Alvin Wilson Brown and Beulah Matteson Brown

Alvin Andrew Brown

Born: 11 March 1901
at Gray's Lake, Bonneville, Idaho

Died: 12 March 1901
at Gray's Lake, Bonneville, Idaho

DuShane Harwood Brown

Born: 17 February 1902
at Ogden, Weber, Utah

Married: ??

Died: (Alive in 2006
Living in Carmen, Lemhi, Idaho)

Beulah May Brown Stricklan 1904-1988
Beulah May Brown

Born: 1904
Idaho Falls, Idaho

Married: Chester H. Stricklan
on 1923

8 children

Died: 1988 at Salmon, Lemhi,Idaho

Dorothy Lucetta brown Larsen Rackham 1906-1984
Dorothy Lucetta Brown

Born: 1906 at Dillon, Beaverhead, Montana

Married: (1) Mr. Larson before 1945
Henry Frederick Rackham Jr.
4 children

Died: 1984
at Ogden, Weber, Utah

Albert Comstock Brown

Born: 1908 at Dillon, Beaverhead, Montana

Died: After 1945
of May, Custer, Idaho

Merrill Reeves Brown

Born: 1910 at Bellevue, Lincoln, Montana

Died: (Alive in 2006
Living in Vale, Malheur, Oregon)

David Wilson Brown 1912-after1945
David Wilson Brown

Born: 1912 at Ammon, Bonneville, Idaho

Married Mary Hill

Died: After 1945
of May, Custer, Idaho

Joy Muriel Brown Burkholder 1914-after1945
Joy Muriel Brown

Born: 1914 at Idaho Falls, Bonneville, Idaho

Married Dan Burkholder

Died: after 1945
of San Pablo, Contra Costa, California

Claire Marguriet Brown Betty 1916-after2006
Claire Marguerite Brown

Born: 1916
at Idaho, Bonneville, Idaho

Married: Delbert Betty on 29 June 1935

Died: (Alive in 2006
Of Shoshone County, Idaho)

Patrick McKinley Brown

Born: 1918 at Idaho Falls, Bonneville, Idaho

Married: (1) Doris (div)
(2) Sheila Marie Murran on February 15, 1942

Died: After 1945, stationed overseas with US Army

Jennie Beatrice Brown Draney 1920-
Jennie Beatrice Brown

Born: 1920 at Idaho Falls, Bonneville, Idaho

Married: Willard Eugene. Draney

Died: (alive 2006
of Ogden, Weber, Utah)

Lewis Orson Brown

Born: 1924 at Salmon, Lemhi, Idaho

Died: After 1945, stationed overseas with US Navy

Alvin Wilson Brown Family c. 1920

Part of Alvin Wilson Brown and Beulah May Matteson Brown Family c. 1920
David Wilson Brown, Beulah May Brown, Mom (Beulah), Dorothy Lucetta Brown, "Ab" Albert Francis Brown holding Jennie Beatrice Brown,
Front Row: Joy Muriel Brown, Clair Marguriet Brown
Photo Courtesy Erold Clark Wiscombe
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Alvin Brown brought his family to Lemhi County in July 1921, arriving with a sheep camp wagon, a light spring wagon, and six saddle horses. The Browns spent their first summer up the Lemhi helping various ranchers with their haying, threshing and later, potato picking.

The family moved to town and rented a house on St. Charles Street, then moved to a house up on the Bar to spend the fall and winter. There was only one car in Salmon at the time, and it belonged to Dr. Hanmer. His son had a motorcycle that was very noisy.  Alvin had a light wagon loaded with potatoes, beets, pumpkins, and squash, planning to take them home to store for the winter, but first stopped at Veals's Store to get something. While he was inside Bill Hanmer came along on his motorcycle and scared the team, which headed up the hill towards home. Beets, carrots, broken squash, and pumpkin were scattered all the way to the house. Mr. Brown had to go back and pick up everything off the road that had not been ruined.

The family moved to Sandy Creek for one year, then to Haynes Creek for two years, and finally moved to a house on the old Lemhi Road that now belongs to Mildred Miller, where they lived for about five years.

The oldest son, DuShane Brown, built a two-story log house that stood between the Lemhi River, the sawmill (Phillip's now). Alvin and Beulah moved to this house about 1929 and they lived there until their deaths, Alvin on June 21, 1945, and Beulah in1946, both in Salmon, Idaho. [ DuShane wrote over 95 poems and Albert wrote over 32 poems.]

[It seems that Henry Frederick Rackham married Margaret Ellis b. 1897, together they had the youngest child shown above, Jim Ellis Rackham born around 1831.]

Alvin Wilson Brown 1866-1945

"Beulah Brown came from Idaho Falls to Limhi County, Idaho in July 1921, with her parents, Alvin Brown and Beulah May Matteson Brown, and ten brothers and sisters. She was seventeen years old at the time, and rode horseback the entire trip. It took them several days to make the trip, stopping in Roberts, Mud Lake, and Leadore, fishing and camping along the way.

At that time, the town of Junction was just being moved to where Leadore is now. There were only a few old buildings that had been moved in, one of which was a grocery store. The store was fully stocked with canned and dry good that had been there for at least ten years.

They stopped to shop, thinking that they could get some extra shoes. The store had hundreds of pairs of ladies shoes, but they had dried up until the heels were dropping off. It was such a shame to see so much stuff go to waste. The family bought two pairs of the best looking shoes for twenty-five cents each. They were so rotten that the eyelets brok loose when they went to lace them up.

After camping a few days on Timber Creek, the family traveled on towards Tendoy, helping various ranchers with their haying and threshing. Beulah cooked for crews on the N.F. Carlson Ranch and Robertson's for one dollar a day. She then went to cook for N.F. Carlson's son at Tendoy, where she cooked in a sheepcamp wagon, and used a Dutch overn.  When that job was done, Beulah cooked for McNab's, the Babcock Ranch, and McKinneys.

In 1923, Beulah May Brown married Chester H. Stricklan, who was born in Lebanon, Smith, Kansas on March 15, 1891. He was the son of William Stricklan, who was born in 1843, and Nancy Tout Stricklan, who was born in 1846.

Beulah Brown and Chester H. Sticklan

The couple first lived on the Carpenter Ranch at Tendoy, Lemhi, Idaho with Chester's brother and wife, Jack Stricklan and Minnie Sticklan. Their first two children, Blanch Lucille Stricklan, born in 1924, and William Alvin Stricklan, born in 1926, were born while they lived on the Carpenter Ranch. Lucille being born on the Ranch, and Bill born in Salmon, Lemhi, Idaho.

The family later moved to the Matt Stewart Ranch, now Snook's Ranch. Two more sons were born while they lived there, Maynard Duane "Smokey" Stricklan was born in 1927, and Raymond C. Stricklan was born in Salmon in 1929.

The Stricklans moved several more times, living on the Keystone Ranch up Carmen Creek, up Kirtley Creek, now Cockrells, Kirtley Creek near the schoolhouse, and then to a house by the railroad tracks across from the old flour mill (Millers now). Two more sons were born in this house; Richard Dix Stricklan in 1934, and Robert Wendell Stricklan in 1936.

From there, the family moved to Wallace Creek (Maxwells), into town one winter, then to a house owned by Steve Harp, located across the Lemhi River, and after that to a house up on the bar, where Bielbys live.  A daughter, Evalyn May Stricklan was born in this house in 1940.

The Stricklan family later moved to the lower Salmon Hot Springs Ranch, then to the main Hot Springs, where the family ran the swimming pool and rented out rooms. Another daughter, Gayla Marie Stricklan was born at Stines' Maternity Hospital in 1945, while they lived in this house.

The next move was to the Ibach Ranch up the river, and later to Midway, where the family ran the gas station. In 1950 they moved to Salmon, buying a house built by Lanny Heffner. Chester and Beulah lived in this house until their deaths in 1975 and 1988."

"Sheila Marie Murran was a Norwegian, blonde hair and blue eyes, very beautiful woman. She was thought to have been raised by her grandmother. Sheila was about 15 years old, very young when she left home. She was pregnant (possibly by her sister's husband) but not very far along when she first met the Brown family.

Uncle Ab (Albert Francis Brown) was a policeman in Ogden, and somehow met this young girl who had no place to go. Ab took her to a boarding house that was run by Dorothy Brown Rackham Larson. That is where Patrick McKinley Brown met her. Aunt Jenny Brown lived in Ogden at the time, and she said that they had seen Sheila one time with a blonde haired man who also looked like he could be Norwegian.

I have on record that Patrick McKinley Brown's first marriage was to a Doris ? , and they were divorced in Idaho Falls, Idaho in 1942.  Patrick married Sheila Marie Murran on February 15, 1942. Pat took Sheila to Salmon and his mother Beulah May Brown cared for her through her pregnancy and the birth of her baby girl.

Lorraine Brown was born October 22 (16?), 1942 in Salmon, Lemhi, Idaho. Sheila was said to have a tattoo of a bluebird in a very private place that was discovered when the baby was born. Apparently not many knew about the tattoo, so it was a surprise to those who took care of her at the Stine Maternity Home.

Patrick was in the service and he was sent overseas to Iran. Sheila and baby Lorraine continued to stay with the Alvin Brown family while Patrick was gone, and he sent her money every month. She worked in Salmon at a restaurant, and when she left Salmon, the checks were all neatly stacked in her dresser drawer - she never cashed a single one.

It was not known where Sheila went when she left Salmon. She left her little girl, Lorraine, in the care of Grandma Brown. Lorraine remained with her until she was adopted by her Uncle David Wilson Brown and his wife, Mary Hill Brown. She was three or four years old at the time.

According to what I remember, Grandma Brown received a letter from Sheila's grandmother, inquiring about her, but Grandma did not write back, for fear that the family would take Lorraine from her. Grandma Brown passed away October 1, 1946, and that is when Dave adopted her. Lorraine was very fair-skinned with very blonde hair and blue eyes, soft-spoken and very attractive. What a wonderful cousin she was to me and my sister. We realize now that she was more like our sister, and we miss her still.

Lorraine's mother, Sheila, was seen by family only one more time that we know of. My mother Beulah Stricklan said that she saw her one day in town and talked to her. Mother said that Sheila was not well, and told her about a lump under her arm. It is believed that she died from cancer.

Our cousin Lorraine passed away also from cancer on June 25, 1989 in Twin Falls, Idaho. She married Neil Howard on April 1, 1960 at the Salmon Methodist Church in Salmon, Idaho.  They had one daughter, Lisa. Neil and Lorraine divorced and she married Jerry Sherer. From this union were born Jeri Lynn Sherer and Dottie May Scherer." [author unknown]

Lewis Shane Draney
Center: Lewis Shane Draney, son of Jennie Beatrice Brown Draney and Willard Eugene Draney (1920-1989)

Claire Marguriet Brown Betty with her sister Jennie Beatrice Borwn Draney c. 2004
Claire Marguriet Brown Betty with her sister Jennie Beatrice Brown Draney c. 2004


PAF - Archer files = Captain James Brown + (1) Martha Stephens > John Martin Brown I + Alemeda Wilson > Alvin Wilson Brown + Beulah May Matteson.

Stories by Gayla Kaiser, Page 132, Centennial History of Lemhi County, Idaho, Vol. I, page 132., and Vol. III Pages 630-631; (and Vol. III pages 788-789). Submitted to this site by Erold C. Wiscombe.

Photos of Jennie Beatrice Brown Draney, Claire Marguriet Brown Betty, Lewis Shane Draney courtesy of Patricia Draney <sdraney@skyviewmail.com>

[Bracketed], bold, corrections, additions by Lucy Brown Archer.

Beulah May brown StricklanDaughter of Alvin Brown, Salmon, Idaho
Beulah May Brown Stricklan
Daughter of Alvin Brown
Salmon, Lemhi, Idaho

Cabin on Williams Lake in Salmon, Idaho - September 1973
Lucy and Mikey: Our Cabin on Williams Lake in Salmon, Idaho - September 1973

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... Published March 2009:
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... Published 2012:
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and the Juarez Stake Relief Committee Minutes of 1912.

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Includes O.P. Brown's works as Bishop of Morelos. Written in Spanish.

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Mentions O.P. Brown more than 30 times as Ivins' companion.

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- Phebe Abbott Brown Fife 1831-1915

- Colonel William Nicol Fife - Stepfather 1831-1915


- James Brown of Rowan County, N.C. 1757-1823

- Mary Williams of Rowan County, N.C. 1760-1832

- Stephen Joseph Abbott of, PA 1804-1843

- Abigail Smith of Williamson, N.Y. 1806-1889

- John Fife of Tulliallan, Scotland 1807-1874

- Mary Meek Nicol, Carseridge, Scotland 1809-1850 


- Martha "Mattie" Diana Romney Brown 1870-1943

- Jane "Jennie" Bodily Galbraith Brown 1879-1944

- Elizabeth Graham MacDonald Webb Brown 1874-1904

- Eliza Skousen Brown Abbott Burk 1882-1958

- Angela Maria Gavaldón Brown 1919-1967


- (Martha) Carrie Brown (child) 1888-1890

- (Martha) Orson Pratt Brown, Jr. (child) 1890-1892

- (Martha) Ray Romney Brown 1892-1945

- (Martha) Clyde Romney Brown 1893-1948

- (Martha) Miles Romney Brown 1897-1974

- (Martha) Dewey B. Brown 1898-1954

- (Martha) Vera Brown Foster Liddell Ray 1901-1975

- (Martha) Anthony Morelos Brown 1904-1970

- (Martha) Phoebe Brown Chido Gardiner 1906-1973

- (Martha) Orson Juarez Brown 1908-1981

- (Jane) Ronald Galbraith Brown 1898-1969

- (Jane) Grant "Duke" Galbraith Brown 1899-1992

- (Jane) Martha Elizabeth Brown Leach Moore 1901-1972

- (Jane) Pratt Orson Galbraith Brown 1905-1960

- (Jane) William Galbraith Brown (child) 1905-1912

- (Jane) Thomas Patrick Porfirio Diaz Brown 1907-1978

- (Jane) Emma Jean Galbraith Brown Hamilton 1909-1980

- (Elizabeth) (New born female) Webb 1893-1893

- (Elizabeth) Elizabeth Webb Brown Jones 1895-1982

- (Elizabeth) Marguerite Webb Brown Shill 1897-1991

- (Elizabeth) Donald MacDonald Brown 1902-1971

- (Elizabeth) James Duncan Brown 1904-1943

- (Eliza) Gwen Skousen Brown Erickson Klein 1903-1991

- (Eliza) Anna Skousen Brown Petrie Encke 1905-2001

- (Eliza) Otis Pratt Skousen Brown 1907-1987

- (Eliza) Orson Erastus Skousen Brown (infant) 1909-1910

- (Eliza) Francisco Madera Skousen Brown 1911-1912

- (Eliza) Elizabeth Skousen Brown Howell 1914-1999

- (Angela) Silvestre Gustavo Brown 1919-

- (Angela) Bertha Erma Elizabeth Brown 1922-1979

- (Angela) Pauly Gabaldón Brown 1924-1998

- (Angela) Aaron Aron Saul Brown 1925

- (Angela) Mary Angela Brown Hayden Green 1927

- (Angela) Heber Jedediah Brown (infant) 1936-1936

- (Angela) Martha Gabaldón Brown Gardner 1940


- Stephen Abbott Brown 1851-1853

- Phoebe Adelaide Brown Snyder 1855-1930

- Cynthia Abigail Fife Layton 1867-1943

- (New born female) Fife 1870-1870

- (Toddler female) Fife 1871-1872


- (Martha Stephens) John Martin Brown 1824-1888

(Martha Stephens) Alexander Brown 1826-1910

(Martha Stephens) Jesse Stowell Brown 1828-1905

- (Martha Stephens) Nancy Brown Davis Sanford 1830-1895

(Martha Stephens) Daniel Brown 1832-1864

(Martha Stephens) James Moorhead Brown 1834-1924

(Martha Stephens) William Brown 1836-1904

(Martha Stephens) Benjamin Franklin Brown 1838-1863

(Martha Stephens) Moroni Brown 1838-1916

- (Susan Foutz) Alma Foutz Brown (infant) 1842-1842

- (Esther Jones) August Brown (infant) 1843-1843

- (Esther Jones) Augusta Brown (infant) 1843-1843

- (Esther Jones) Amasa Lyman Brown (infant) 1845-1845

- (Esther Jones) Alice D. Brown Leech 1846-1865

- (Esther Jones) Esther Ellen Brown Dee 1849-1893

- (Sarah Steadwell) James Harvey Brown 1846-1912

- (Mary McRee) George David Black 1841-1913

- (Mary McRee) Mary Eliza Brown Critchlow1847-1903

- (Mary McRee) Margaret Brown 1849-1855

- (Mary McRee) Mary Brown Edwards Leonard 1852-1930

- (Mary McRee) Joseph Smith Brown 1856-1903

- (Mary McRee) Josephine Vilate Brown Newman 1858-1917

- (Phebe Abbott) Stephen Abbott Brown (child) 1851-1853

- (Phebe Abbott) Phoebe Adelaide Brown 1855-1930

- (Cecelia Cornu) Charles David Brown 1856-1926

- (Cecelia Cornu) James Fredrick Brown 1859-1923

- (Lavinia Mitchell) Sarah Brown c. 1857-

- (Lavinia Mitchell) Augustus Hezekiah Brown c. 1859


- (Diane Davis) Sarah Jane Fife White 1855-1932

- (Diane Davis) William Wilson Fife 1857-1897

- (Diane Davis) Diana Fife Farr 1859-1904

- (Diane Davis) John Daniel Fife 1863-1944

- (Diane Davis) Walter Thompson Fife 1866-1827

- (Diane Davis) Agnes Ann "Aggie" Fife 1869-1891

- (Diane Davis ) Emma Fife (child) 1871-1874

- (Diane Davis) Robert Nicol Fife (infant) 1873-1874

- (Diane Davis) Barnard Fife (infant) 1881-1881

- (Cynthia Abbott) Mary Lucina Fife Hutchins 1868-1950

- (Cynthia Abbott) Child Fife (infant) 1869-1869

- (Cynthia Abbott) David Nicol Fife 1871-1924

- (Cynthia Abbott) Joseph Stephen Fife (child) 1873-1878

- (Cynthia Abbott) James Abbott Fife (infant) 1877-1878


- (Diana) Caroline Lambourne 18461979

- (Diana)  Miles Park Romney 1843-1904

- (Jane) Emma Sarah Bodily 1858-1935

- (Jane) William Wilkie Galbraith 1838-1898

- (Elizabeth) Alexander F. Macdonald 1825-1903

- (Elizabeth) Elizabeth Atkinson 1841-1922

- (Eliza) Anne Kirstine Hansen 1845-1916

- (Eliza) James Niels Skousen 1828-1912

- (Angela) Maria Durán de Holguin 1876-1955

- (Angela) José Tomás Gabaldón 1874-1915












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