Herbert Andrew Browne

HERBERT ANDREW BROWNE, M. D. Since 1899 Doctor Browne has been in steady demand for his exceptional professional ability as a physician and surgeon in Galena. His offices are at 305 1/2 Main Street. Doctor Browne is an active member of the Cherokee County, Southeastern Kansas and State Medical Societies and the American Medical Association, and by these associations and by all other standards of judgment that can be applied to members of this profession he ranks as one of the leaders in his section of the state.

Doctor Browne came to Galena after one year of practice in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1894 he entered the Homeopathic Medical College of Kansas City, from which he graduated M. D. in 1898. He has since taken courses in chemistry and has attended the Bacteriological Clinics at Kansas City, and has certificate showing this advanced work.

He was born in Brooklyn, New York, March 11, 1878, and during the eighty years his family has lived in America they have been residents in several eastern and western cities. His grandfather Charles W. Browne was born near Belfast, Ireland, in 1818 and came to America about 1836, locating in New York City. He was a merchant tailor. For a number of years he was in business in Chicago, and was head of the firm of Browne and Moran, who conducted the largest merchant tailoring establishment in the West at the time of the Chicago fire. Their business was under the old McVicker Theater. Later he returned east and was in business in Brooklyn but finally retired to a home in Kansas City, Missouri, where he died in 1890. He married Miss Hannah Clary, who was born in Ireland and died in Chicago.

Andrew J. Browne, father of Doctor Browne, was born in Bloomington, Illinois, in 1857. Much of his early life was spent in Brooklyn, New York, and for a number of years he was buyer for a large hardware firm of that city. He died in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1899. He was a republican, a member of the Baptist Church, of the Woodmen of the World and other fraternal orders. He married Josephine Smith, who was born in New York City in 1856 and is now living at Kansas City, Missouri. Their children were: Dr. Herbert A.; Walter L., who is a world-wide traveler; and Earl A., who is interested in the National Feather Factory at Kansas City, Missouri.

Herbert Andrew Browne acquired his early training in the public schools of Brooklyn, New York, attended the high school in Kansas City, Missouri, three years, and then took up his medical studies.

He is an active worker in various fraternal orders. His affiliations are with Lodge No. 677 Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, No. 266 Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Knights of Pythias, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Woodmen of the World, the Knights and Ladies of Security, the Select Knights, the Woodmen's Circle, the Degree of Honor, and the Ancient Order of United Workmen, all at Galena. In political matters he is a republican.

By his first marriage Doctor Browne has two children: Josephine, who now attends high school at Carrollton, Missouri, and Alberta, a student in the public schools of Carrollton. In 1914 at Chicago Doctor Browne married Miss Henrietta Powell, a daughter of Joseph and Laura (Leeman) Powell. Her mother is deceased and her father, who resides at Galena, Kansas, is a miner by occupation.


A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written & compiled by William E. Connelley, 1918, transcribed by students from Baxter Springs Middle School, February 25, 2000.

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