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Frederick P. Browne (1848-1918)
Born 1848, Joliet, IL, prominent Bay City banker.

Brief reference. - Added March, 2010.

History of Bay County, Michigan - H.R. Page & Co., 1883


Frederick P. Browne, cashier of the First National Bank, is a native of Joliet, Ill. For some time he was connected with the Ninth National Bank in New York, where he rendered very efficient services. In 1875 he came to Bay City and took a position in the First National Bank, and the following year was made assistant cashier, and when Mr. Warren succeeded Mr. Shearer as president he succeeded to the responsible position of cashier, but one which he is well qualified to fill. Mr. Browne is a gentleman of thorough business habits, and applies himself industriously to the interests of the institution with which he is connected.

Son, Frederick L. - Added March, 2010.

The Michigan Alumnus, 1899


Frederick Lewis Browne, '99e, was drowned in Whitmore Lake, on the evening of April 30. This news came with a shock to the student body, for

Lewis Browne was a prominent man in college affairs, and the circle of his friends and acquaintances was large. He was born in Bay City, Mich., February 24, 1878, and graduated from the Bay City High School in 1895. That fall he entered the University in the department of mechanical engineering and was to graduate there from in June. He ranked high in scholarship, was faithful in attendance, having missed but one day in his entire college course. He was prominent in class athletics, the Technic Glee Club and college affairs in general. His summers he spent in working in machine shops and ship yards in order to increase his engineering knowledge and experience. As soon as he should have graduated he was to take a position with the Industrial Works of Bay City, whose reputation as a manufactory of wrecking cranes is world wide; and in 1900 he had planned to visit the Paris Exposition, and to remain three years for further study in engineering. The day on which Mr. Browne met his death was warm and bright, and he in company with a friend named Cardell, drove to Whitmore Lake, where they took a boat and rowing out into the lake, decided to take a plunge. The boat drifted away, and soon Mr. Browne began to sink. His companion endeavored to rescue him, but becoming exhausted was forced to relinquish him and seek to regain the boat. This he finally succeeded in doing, but too late to save his friend. As soon as word of the accident was received in Ann Arbor, A. G. Browne, '02, brother of the drowned man, and a number of other students left for the lake in search of the body. Frederick P. Browne, of Bay City, the young man's father, was notified and came immediately. The remains were found the next morning and were taken to Bay City, where the funeral took place, Wednesday afternoon, May 3, from Trinity church. Fifteen members of the Zeta Psi Fraternity, of which Mr. Browne was a member, were in attendance , and the senior engineers sent three delegates, one of whom, Mr. Emanuel Anderson, of Chicago, played the funeral march. The floral offerings sent by individual friends and by the various organizations to which Mr. Browne belonged were many. Among them were those sent by the class of '99, and a set piece, in design a broken gear-wheel, from the '99 engineers. Lewis Browne was the second man whom the senior mechanical engineers have lost by death this year. On January 3, 1898, just before the students returned from Christmas vacation, occurred the death of Burr Hardy, at the University hospital, of appendicitis. He was a student of marked ability and expected to graduate in June in both mechanical and electrical engineering. Lewis Browne was chairman of the committee appointed to form the class resolutions on this sad occasion. -- Hugh J. Shellinger, '99 p, of Mishawaka, Ind., died May 4, at the University hospital where he had been taken a week before with a high fever. His remains were taken to his home for burial by his parents, who arrived just before he died.

Added Oct., 2014.

Michigan Manufacutrer & Financial Record, Vol. 21, 1918.


Word has been received at Bay City of the death in a Chicago Hospital of Frederick P. Browne, one of Bay City's best known residents.

Mr. Browne came to Bay City from his native Joilet, Ill., in 1875, to become assistant cashier at the First National Bank. He afterward became cashier. a position he held until three years ago when failing health caused him to resign and Irving H. Baker was appointed. Mr. Browne was then chosen vice-president, a position he held up to tis time. He was 70 years-old and leaves his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Ross, of Detroit, and Miss Florence Browne, of Ann Arbor, and two sons, Harold, of the National army, and Arthor, of Tacoma, Wash.

Additional Notes:

    1874 - Frederick P. Browne married Marianna W. Foster, born Mar 1850, New York, in 1874, she was a member of D.A.R., resided 1212 6th St., Bay City, Bay Co., MI

    1880 Census Bay City, Mich.

    • Brown, Frederick P. - b. 1849, Ill., cashier
    • Maria A. - wife,
    • Brenten F. - son,
    • Frederick L. - son,

    1895 Cashier of First National Bank, Bay City

    1898 - President of First National Bank, Bay City

    1900 Census, Bay City, Mich. (1212 Sixth St.)

    • Frederick Brown, born Oct. 1848, Ill.
    • Marianna W., spouse, born Mar., 1850, N.Y.;
    • Arthur G., son, born Nov., 1880, Mich.
    • Alice L., daughter, born 26 Mar., 1884, Mich.;
    • Olonna A., daughter, born Oct, 1885, Mich.;
    • Harold S., son, born Nov., 1888, Mich.

    1915 - Member of Trinity Church.

Related Pages/Notes

Frederick P. Browne

Related Pages:
Catlin, Irael
Trinity Episcopal Church
People Referenced
Anderson, Emanuel
Baker, Irving H.
Browne, Alice L. (dau.)
Browne, Arthur G. (son)
Browne, Brenten F. (son)
Browne, Frederick L. (son)
Browne, Frederick P. (subject)
Browne, Harold S. (son)
Browne, Florence (dau.)
Browne, Olona A. (dau.)
Cardell, Mr.
Foster, Marianna W. (wife)
Hardy, Burr
Shearer, Mr.
Shellinger, Hugh J.
Warren, Mr.
Subjects Referenced
Ann Arbor, MI
Bay City, MI
Bay City High School
Chicago, IL
First Natl. Bank
Industrial Works
Joliet, IL
Mich. Alumnus
Mishawaka, IN
National army
New York
Ninth Natl. Bank
Tacoma, Wash.
Trinity Ch. Bay City
U.M. Hospital
Whitmore Lake, MI
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