Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Worthy and Estella Brown

Worthy R. Brown was born in Port Clinton, Ohio on March 17, 1884. He was the first person to operate charter boats for reel fishing on Lake Erie. He founded Channel Grove in East Harbor, and for many years operated "Sandy Beach," now known as East Harbor State Park. In 1904, Mr. Brown started Worthy Brown & Sons, Inc., which was later known as Brown's Marina. He started Brown's Boats, Inc. in Sandusky about 1929. On March 31, 1959, Worthy R. Brown passed away suddenly, at the age of 85. He was survived by his wife Estella, and two sons from his first marriage. His first wife, and a son who died during World War Two predeceased him. Mrs. Estella Brown followed her husband in death in September, 1959. Worthy and Estella Brown were buried in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. A lengthy obituary for Worthy R. Brown appeared in the March 31, 1959 issue of the Sandusky Register. Mr. Brown played an active role in the development of the area of north central Ohio known for years as Vacationland.

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