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Frank and Winnifred Brownlee, Yuma

Edwinna "Winnie" was born June 5, 1885 in Page County, Iowa to Erastus Pendergraft and Mary Secora (Troute) Pendegraft.

John Francis Brownlee was born December 3, 1878 to Archibald L. Brownlee and Lenora J. Graham) Brownlee.

In 1880 Benton County, Iowa, A.L. Brownlee is 46, Lenora J. 41, Lana A. 19, Allie M. 14, Edith C. 11, James W. 5, Ada G. 4, and John F. 1.

John registered for WWI in Yuma, farming for C.S. McLaren of Yuma, born Dec 3, 1878.

In 1920 Yuma, John F. Brownlee is 41, a carpenter, with Winnie 34, Bernice B. 12, Pauline F. 11, Catherine R. 9, Winifred 8, Calvin 4, and Willard 2, all born in Iowa.

In 1930 Yuma they have all the kids, with Richard 8 born in Colorado. Pauline is teaching school, Kathryn is a clerk at J.C. Penney's.

September 10, 1942

July 8, 1948 August 29, 1957
John's brother James William Brownlee -1874-1952 is buried in Denver # 155300198, with Annette (DeBolt) BNorwnlee 1874-1962.

John died February 25, 1974

June 23, 1977


In 1940 Yuma on North Albany Street - Glen Morton is a mail carrier, 33, born in Missouri, with Pauline 31 Iowa a teacher. Max 3 is born in Colorado.
Pauline was a teacher in Yuma in 1930, living with Frank 50 and Edwina 44 Brownlee. Bernice 23, Kathryn 19, Winifred 18, Calvin 15, Willard 13, and Richard 8.
Pauline Brownlee Morton 1908-1953 is buried in Yuma # 74039501.
May 14, 1953


August 1939 "Calvin arrived Monday morning by automobile from Riverside, California, for a few days visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Brownlee. The young man is employed by a Safewar store at Riverside."

In 1940 Riverside, California, Lehman C. 24, Iowa, brother Williard F. Brownlee 22, Iowa are both working in a retail grocery store.

September 1, 1949

In 1983 Calvin was living in Santa Monica, California.
Lehman Calvin Brownlee
5 Apr 1915, Iowa
Died 15 Jun 1984 Los Angeles

June 28, 1984


October 18, 1945

July 27, 1978
In June 1982, Dick and Virginia Brownlee sold the Kitzmiller Drug Store to Darrel Seifert. It was Yuma's third oldest, first opened by E.S. Dakan, sold to Dr. H. V. Kitzmiller in the early 1920's, then to his brother, Hugh, in the early 1940s. Richard Brownlee went to work in the drug store after serving five years in the ASrmy, and purchased the drug store in 1964.


In 1940 South St. Paul, Minnesota, William D. HOffmasater is 35, born inNebraska, a veterinarian, with Bernice 33, Iowa, Roger 5, and Howard 3, both born in Minnesota.

June 20, 1985
June 14, 1990

Roger Deen Hoffmaster was born March 22, 1935 at St. Paul, Minnesota to Wiliam D. Hoffmaster and "Vernice" B. Brownlee, dying September 1987.

Howard Lee Hoffmaster was born October 9, 1936 in Ramsey County, Minnesota.

In 2002, at a seminar on newspapers, " Howard Hoffmaster, a retired newspaper publisher and college professor from Winona, Minn., facilitated the meeting. Other North Iowa media were invited to participate in and report on the gathering.

"All human behavior is defensive," said Hoffmaster. "That's why we're here. The key here is to talk to the Globe Gazette," Hoffmaster told participants. "If you don't, they might continue a behavior you find annoying or offensive." "

Howard was a resident of Morrow, Ohio at the time of his passing.

Mary Winnifred was born December 30, 1911, marrying Harold A. Peterson.
September 5, 1940

They are buried in Yuma Mary 1911-2007 # 74217959 and Harold 1912-1990, # 74217721.


March 9, 1939

Willard was in Riverside California in 1940, living with Calvin.
In 1960 Lubbock, Texas Willard F. (Lois) is a salesman for J.W. Chapman, and they live at 4215 44th.

Willard Franklin "Brownie" Brownlee Birth: Apr. 2, 1917, Audubon County Iowa
Death: Aug. 1, 2011 Lubbock , Texas
A celebration of the life of Willard F. "Brownie" Brownlee, who passed away amongst friends and loved ones in his home on Monday, will be held this Thursday, August 4th, at 4 PM, at the Overton Hotel in Lubbock, Texas.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Lois, daughters Robyn Hurd and Cheri Brownlee, her husband Bill Barlow, grandchildren Broc Poston and Jennifer Brennan and her husband Patrick Brennan and great grandchild Liam Brownlee Brennan.
Brownie was born April 2, 1917 in Audubon, Iowa. He was raised in Yuma, Colorado, one of seven children of parents Winnie and Frank Brownlee.
Brownie came to Lubbock after World War II, during which he rose to the rank of Captain. He served in the European Theater as part of the 633rd Tank Destroyer Battalion, commanded by General George S. Patton.

He was the Executive Officer for the Lubbock Association of Realtors from 1978 until he retired in 1999. Brownlee was the first-ever recipient of the Texas Association of Realtors' Tom D. Morton Award, which recognizes that organization's outstanding Association Executive. He received the Realtor of the Year award in 1968 and again in 1978, the Distinguished Service award in 1991 and the Pinnacle award in 2005. Before serving as Executive Officer, Brownie was a Realtor, as well as Manager of Residential Sales for J. W. Chapman and Sons and also served as President of the Lubbock Association in 1966 and 1978.

Before entering real estate in 1959, Brownie owned a small grocery store in the Arnett-Benson area of Lubbock. He credited that experience with teaching him about the business of selling. He and his wife were founding members of Grace Presbyterian church, where he also served as a Deacon and Elder of that congregation.

Universally respected as a man of honor and integrity, Brownie Brownlee was above all a loving father, devoted husband, and tireless booster of Texas Tech and the town that was his home for 65 years, Lubbock, Texas.

In 1991, Bill Barlow gave an interview, where he described his work producing commercials for a n advertising agency, including Entertainment Tonight, He met another Texas, director Cheri Brownlee of Lubbock. "She is my life partner, " Barlow said simply. Ms. Brownlee introduced Bill Barlow to producer Vin Di Bona, who had an idea for a video show. That became "Amereica's Funniest Home Videos.."

July 18, 1971
"Miss Robyn Kay Brownlee and Carl Bennett Poston exchanged nuptial vows in a double ring ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Grace Presbyterian Church. Officiating was the Rev. Don Shepherd, minister. Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Brownlee of 4520 8th St. are parents of the bride. Poston is the son of Mrs. Lon Cox of 5326 19th St. and Carl N. Poston of 7004 Slide Road.

Presented in marriage by her father, the bride wore a formal gown of white polyester organza accented with venise lace and fashioned with a high neckline, bishop sleeves and a controlled skirt defined at the waistline with a. pink satin sash. She was attended by her sister. Miss Cheri Brownlee of Alpine. Miss Brownlee wore a formal gown of pink dotted swiss, fashioned with a v-yoke and accented by white valencienne lace and pink satin ribbon.

Bobby Leighton of Fort Worth was best man. Ushers were David Keeton and Jimmy Snook. Ashley Parrish of Fort Worth was ring bearer. Musical selections were presented by Miss Patrice Elalack, organist, and Richard Campbell, soloist. The couple was honored with a reception in the home of the bride's parents before icavttig on a wedding trip to Ruidoso.
They will reside at.... A 1969 graduate of Monterey High School, the bride is employed by Lubbock State School. Poston is a 1969 graduate of Coronado High School. He is employed by the Lubbock Avalanche - Journal. "


August 1, 1929

In 1937 their son, David Kent Lewein, died in a fall.

1937 Waverly items "Mr. and Mrs. Clark Lewein are moving on the farm recently occupied by Mr. Friend."

November 1950 "Mr. and Mrs. Clark Lewein sold their 480 (probably 480 acres) farm northeast of Yuma to Mr. and Mrs. Edaward Duncan."

March 7, 1974

Rachel Catherine Lewien 1910-2002 is buried in Yuma #E 60544815, with Clark D. 1908-1994.

Septebmber 15, 1994

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