WILLIAM R. BROWN
33, Eddy Street, Providence, Rhode Island
William R. Brown, manufacturer of society emblems and badges, died. Wednesday last, at his residence, 33 Broadway, this city. Mr. Brown’s jewelry business was carried on in a shop at 33 Eddy St., while he also had a printing office at 57 Washington St. In his early life, Mr. Brown had an interesting and varied career, being associated for a number of years with the show business in various capacities, part of the time as the manager of a circus, and is said to have been the first man in this country to have successfully conducted a “prize baby’’ show. He first entered the jewelry business in a small way in this city in 1879, beginning as a manufacturer of name pins, later adding to his business the manufacture of society goods, emblems and badges. He was a member of 62 different organizations, probably the greatest number of secret societies of any man in this State, if not in the entire United States. The funeral, which was held Sunday at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, was largely attended, the burial service being according to the rites of the Order of Red Men.
Source: The Jewelers' Circular - 15th May 1901