Minnesota Tales

The Minneapolis Journal, October 3, 1907, p. 6



Clarence Clifford Brown Sees Request of His Parent for News of Her Boy and on Verifying the Report Starts at Once for His Old Home in Ohio.

A sorrowing mother and a lonely son, separated for more than eighteen years, will be reunited this week at Hamilton, Ohio, and in this happy result The Journal plays an important role. The mother is Mrs. Minnie Brandon of Hamilton, and the son is Clarence Clifford Brown, who for eighteen years has lived in ignorance of the fact that he had a mother, a mother who has searched for him far and wide and constantly mourned thru years of separation.

A few days ago Mayor James C. Havnes received an urgent plea from Mrs. Brandon to cause a search to be made for her boy, Clarence, whom she had not seen since he was 8 years old. She had learned that he was in Minneapolis about four years ago, and she begged that an inquiry be made as to his present whereabouts. The Journal that day published her request.

The sequel came today when a young man hurried into the mayor's office and asked, in an agitated voice: "What is there to this story I see in The Journal? I am Clarence Clifford Brown, and I haven't seen my mother since I was 8 years old, but I was led to believe that she was dead. What do you know?"

Fred Williams, the mayor's private secretary, produced the mother's letter and handed it to the young man, who read it eagerly, trembling with emotion.

Tells His Story.

"This woman must be my mother," he declared. "I'll telegraph right away, and if I am the boy she is looking for, I will take the first train for Hamilton."

Brown, who is about 26 years of age, says he was born at Germantown, Ohio, but that his parents afterward moved to Hamilton. When the boy was 8 years old his father took him west, settling in Rhinelander, Wis. The boy was given to understand that his mother was dead. It was not long before the father took another wife. When Clarence was 16 years old he ran away to the twin cities. He has wandered considerably, but has been in the twin cities much of the time for the last ten years. At present he is in the employ of the H. B. Waite Lumber company at Merriam Park.

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