William Tyler “Billie” Sr.
came to Billie Brown Sunday, November 24, 1957. Mr. Brown died at his home
north of Strong City. He died on the homestead upon which he filed claim on
April 19, 1892 and where he had resided continuously since that date. Immediate
survivors are his two sons: Lance of Ponca City, OK and Billie, Jr., of
Cheyenne, nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
were conducted at the Methodist Church in Cheyenne Monday afternoon with the
pastor Rev. Gerald Main delivering the sermon and Rev. J.F. Wilkerson, pastor
of the Baptist Church assisting with the services. Mr. Brown had been a member
of the Methodist Church of Cheyenne since its organization in 1894.
was in the Strong City Cemetery by the side of his wife.
Brown, Sr. was born in Perry County, Illinois in August 20, 1868. At the age of
fourteen years he went to Dallas Texas Plains until the opening of the
Cheyenne-Arapaho Country on April 19, 1892.
Brown, together with others who made the run, slept on the banks of the Washita
River the night of April 19, 1892, and there came a light snow that night.
staking his claim, Mr. Brown worked for wages three years and bought cows and
calves with his earnings.
1900, he married Miss Fannie Sing. They resided in a dugout on the plain until
1906 when they built a four room house. It was in this house that death came to
Mr. Brown.
Brown was a pioneer in the early church life of the Cheyenne and Arapaho
Country. It was Billie Brown who helped organize the first Sunday School in
death of Billie Brown marks the passing of one who contributed much to the
development of Roger Mills County.
Cheyenne Star, November 28, 1957