Arthur Howard Brown
|Birth||30 AUG 1901|
|Reside||1 APR 1930|
|Reside||1 APR 1940|
|Death||11 DEC 1993|
Aged: 92.3 years
Kingston Daily Freeman, Monday, May 6, 1968
Brown Slated to Retire July 1
By Albert J. Cawein
The retirement of Arthur H. Brown, county investigator with the district attorney's office effective July 1 was announced today.
The DA's Man as he was known is completing 43 years of public service. He will leave his desk on May 27 for his accumulated vacation and said he plans to take it easy and do some traveling and fishing.
In 5 Administrations
Brown has worked in the administrations of five Ulster County sheriffs, Abram Molyneaux, Howard Anderson, George Smith, Cluett Schantz and Claude Bell and currently holds a deputy sheriff's badge issued to him by the present sheriff William B. Martin.
During his duty he has traveled in 36 states. During these travels he noted many places he would like to visit again. He and his wife, the former Susan A. Purhamus are currently planning this tour.
A native of the Town of Ulster, he was born August 30, 1901, a son of the late Victor and Mary Ann Brown. He and his wife have four children all of wom are married and have homes and families of their own. His early education was obtained at School No. 7 and Kingston High School.
Brown was appointed to the Sheriff's Office on Jan. 1, 1936 and served continuously until February 1941 when he went on a leave of absence to work as supervisor of investigation of personnel at the Port Ewen Plant of Hercules Inc., where he was employed for five years.
He returned to the sheriff's office early in 1946 and served as jailor, identification office and county investigator until Dec. 1962. At that time he was appointed by District Attorney David W. Gorwin to the post of DA's investigator and has served in that capacity up to the present time.
Attended 30 Schools
The DA's Man attended more than 30 police training schools over the years, specializing in basic and advanced criminal investigation, crime scene search, traffic control, report writing, defensive tactics, firearms training, crime photography, taking and classification of fingerprints.
He also attended seven summer training courses at St. Lawrence University sponsored by the State Division for Youth which covered all phases of work with juveniles.
He is a member of First Baptist Church and holds life membership cards in Excelsior Hose Company, the State Firemens Association and Ulster County Volunteer Firemens Assocation.
During his many years as a law enforcement and investigative officer he has noted many changes in enforcement. He remembers when a defendant's statement played a major role in conviction. Brown said he learned his business from men of the old school such as Arthur A. Reilly, a former state trooper and now town justice of Ulster, and Clayton Vredenbergh, long time undersheriff of the county.
Two Big Cases
Two of his most important cases resulted in murder convictions and electrocution for the defendant in the electric chair. He played a prominent role in the conviction of Edward H. Kelly, who in 1950 shot and killed a lady friend on Wall Street. Another sensational case in which he participated in the investigation was the case of Charles J. Brown, who robbed and killed two elderyly persons in Ellenville and set their house on fire. This was one of his first assignments in 1937.
District Attorney Joseph Torraca, who announced the retirement said the vacancy left by Brown will be a difficult one to fill.
~ Courtesy of fultonsearch.org, database of Tom Tryniski
Susan Amelia Purhamus
|Birth||17 MAR 1898|
|Reside||1 APR 1900|
|Reside||1 APR 1910|
|Reside||1 APR 1920|
|Reside||1 APR 1930|
|Reside||1 APR 1940|
|Death||24 SEP 1979|
Aged: 81.5 years
Kingston Daily Freeman, Saturday, August 12, 1916
James DuMond Longendyke of No. 33 Gill street and Miss Susan Amelia Purhamus of No. 29 Sycamore street, were married on August 7 by the rev. R.C. Dodds of the First Presbyterian Church.
~ Courtesy of fultonhistory.org, database of Tom Tryniski