Len L. Brower lives about one mile east from Rosetta, where he has a farm and devotes his attention to its cultivation and improvement. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on June 27, 1858, being the son of Reuben L. and Olive (Stroud) Brower. The father was a native of Ohio, born in 1836 and died in 1887, at Harney, Oregon, while on his way to visit our subject. He was a soldier in the Civil War, serving eighteen months in the Twelfth Indiana Infantry. The mother of our subject was born in Ohio, in 1837 and died in Nebraska, on April 1, 1877, being shot by accident. She was married in Ohio, in 1857. Len L. was reared in Indiana, Michigan and Nebraska and for fifteen years was buckaroo and has traveled in thirty-three states. Soon after his mother’s death he came west, bringing his father, grandmother, and two sisters. The father settled on a claim on North Powder, but died before he proved up on it.

Len L. worked at various callings, sometimes logging and hauling ore and spent eight years near Spokane, Cheney and Rockford. He has no brothers and three sisters, Sarah A., Ida L., wife of John Marrs, at Union, Oregon; Elnora, married and living at Portland.

On October 16, 1879, Mr. Brower married Miss Emma Marrs, at La Grande, Oregon. She is the daughter of William H. and Martha (Vaughn) Marrs, natives of Tennessee. The father is dead and the mother lives in Harney valley, Oregon. Mrs. Brower has four brothers and four sisters. William, in Wyoming; John, in Oregon; Manvil A., in Harney County, Oregon; Dock, at Boise, Idaho; Laura; Mary, widow of Richard Nelson, in Montana; Ida, wife of Joseph Kessler, a miner in Harney County, Oregon; Callie, wife of Mr. Benson, in Harney County, Oregon. Four children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Brower, Reuben, George, Mary and Earl L., all at home. Mrs. Brower has a daughter by her former husband, Martha, and she is the wife of Matt Mortimore and living at Rosetta.

Mr. and Mrs. Brower are members of the United Brethren Church and in political matters, he is a Prohibitionist. They are upright people and are respected by all.

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Source: An Illustrated History of Northern Idaho, Embracing Nez Perce, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone Counties, Western Historical Publishing Company, 1903