RHODA A. BROWN
DIED LAST NIGHT

April 18 1915

Submitted by great great granddaughter: Linda Pierce Wilbur


 
FIRST WHITE GIRL BORN IN TUNA VALLEY LIVED TO BE 81 
YEARS OLD --AN ESTIMABLE WOMAN AND GOOD CHRISTIAN

Mrs. Rhoda A. Brown, one of the oldest residents of this valley, passed away
at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. W. Egyabroat, No. 109 West Washing-
ton street, last evening at 9:45 o'clock. Death was due to ills attendant to 
old age.

Deceased was the daughter of James  and Ann DeGolier, who came to this
county from Steuben county, N.Y., early in the last century. The trip
was made in a canoe and the young couple made a home for themselves
where the village of DeGolia now stands. On March 27, 1834, their daughter, 
Rhoda A. DeGolier was born, the first white female child born in the Tuna valley. 
On August 8, 1849 Rhoda DeGolier was united in marriage with Henry W. Brown, 
who preceded her in death 21 years ago. For nearly half a century, 
Mrs. Brown lived on a farm on the West Washington street extension, a part of 
which now forms St. Bernard's cemetery. Of late years, she has made her
home with her daughter, Mrs. Egyabroat.

The dead lady was a devout Christian and practiced the teachings of the
United Brethren faith since childhood.She was widely known and universally
respected and esteemed for her many excellent qualities, chief of which was
a charitableness that knew no bounds. During her long life, numberless cases
of want were relieved by her in an unostentatious manner, which could not
wound the pride of those who were the recipients of her bounty. It was one of 
her sources of enjoyment to have her family about her. She took much pride 
in telling stories of the early days of Bradford and the settlers of the Tuna Valley.

Five children, Henry E., Albert L., and George A. Brown and Mrs. Thomas 
O'Brien and Mrs. A. W. Egyabroat, all of this city, and 16 grandchildren and
six greatgrandchildren are left to mourn her demise. 

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the 
Hill Memorial United Brethren church, of which deceased was a member, Rev. 
Russell Showers officiating. Burial will be made in the family plot in the
DeGolia cemetery.
 
 

The last rites over the late Mrs. Rhoda A. Brown were held at Hill 
Memorial United Brethren church this afternoon at 2 o'clock in the 
presence of a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends of
the deceased. Rev. Russell Showers, pastor of the church officated, 
and the church choir sang "Some Day  We'll Understand", "Rock of Ages", 
and "Nearer My God to Thee". The  following gentleman acted as pall-
bearers: R.L. Fairbanks, A.M. Stone, Griffin Hatfield, H.H. Boss,
John Wilson and Patrick Smith. Burial was made in the family plot 
in DeGolia cemetery.

 **  I Have a dresser scarf made by Rhoda Degolier Brown. She was my great great grandmother. She grew the flax, spun the threads, and wove the scarf.  Linda Pierce Wilbur

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