town, Raymond, New Hampshire
, in 1901, Mr. Brown
wrote some delightful reminiscences, giving a vivid picture of New England
country life sixty years ago.
From the organization of the Medford
Historical Society, in which he took an active part, to the day of his death, his work for it and his interest in it never ceased.
He was always willing to do whatever needed to be done.
He was the first chairman of the committee on papers and addresses, serving for ten years. During this time, he planned work covering the local field, and secured also many speakers from other places.
He was president for four years, from 1903 to 1907.
As a member of the publication committee he was deeply interested in the success and continuance of the Medford Historical Register
, getting many new subscribers for it. On more than one occasion, when the society was in debt for the Register, he procured funds so that its publication could be continued.
He was the editor at the time of his death.
The celebration of the two hundred and seventy-fifth anniversary of the settlement of the town of Medford
was due to his initiative and untiring effort.
At the time of the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary Mr. Brown
had been very urgent that it should be observed, but nothing was done.
When, twenty-five years later, a fitting time for a celebration came again, he spared no effort to make it a success.
At the literary exercises Judge Wait
paid him a well-deserved tribute, saying, ‘He was a man not himself a native of Medford
, but for more than thirty years her good citizen . . . the man whose courage in the face of difficulties, whose enthusiasm in the midst of indifference, whose persistence in spite of discouragements, and, above all, whose faith in spite of disappointments have made this celebration possible and inevitable.’
Simple and unostentatious in his life, he did not forget that ‘poverty and riches are of the spirit,’ and he surely had the riches of the spirit.
He was kindly in his judgments of others, never suspicious of men's motives, and persistent in whatever he undertook.
He has left on