Mr. John C. Brown, an old and respected citizen of Mandarin, died at his home Wednesday very suddenly, having been sick only two days. The immediate cause of his death was due to an acute attack of heart trouble, together with an affection of the kidneys, from which he had been a sufferer for the last twenty years. Mr. Brown was appointed postmaster at Mandarin before the Civil War, which position he held for more than twenty years, including service both before and after the war, finally resigning this position on account of his failing health. He also served one term as county commisioner of Duval county, and was for many years proprietor of the largest store in Mandarin.
He served faithfully in the last war, and when that struggle was over he was for years an important factor in re-establishing the homes and happiness of the community in which he lived. He would have been 66 years old has he lived until next month. He leaves a wife and two sons, R. E. Brown, of New Jersey, and C. M. Brown, of the government engineering corps, now stationed at Key West. His daughters, Mrs. P. J. Canova, of Green Cove Springs; Mrs. Lellaron, Mrs A. R. Doran and Miss Nina Brown, of Jacksonville, and Mrs. W. H. Storms of Mayport, are left, besides Miss Sidney Brown, who was living at home with him. His brothers, M. J. Brown and Thomas Brown, and one sister, Mrs. H. Harold, all of Mandarin. He has been all his life a consistent member of the Catholic church at Mandarin, from which the funeral services will be held tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock. Thus closes a long and honorable life spent within the borders of the quiet village of Mandarin where his loss will be greatly felt. The heartfelt sympathy of the entire community goes out to his family in their loss.