Beyond Brown Paper


Beyond Brown Paper is an ongoing project that involved three collaborative departments at Plymouth State University — Lamson Library’s Michael J. Spinelli Jr. Center for University Archives and Special Collections, Karl Drerup Art Gallery, and the Center for Rural Partnerships.

Beyond Brown Paper is in the midst of migration!
Please take a look at the future of the Beyond Brown Paper website at Brown Company Collection.
This new format will provide better searching capabilities and eventually will incorporate previous comments. The project completion will take approximately two years, and in the meantime both formats will be available. As usual, your comments at Beyond Brown Paper will be monitored daily.

History of the Collection
Bill Taylor, Associate Professor of History, was responsible for appreciating the archival value of the Brown Company photographs and arranged to bring the collection to Plymouth State College in the 1970s.  The collection remained in the Lamson Library Special Collections but had direct oversight by the Institute of New Hampshire Studies (INHS) faculty.  A visitor who wanted to view the collection arranged a meeting time with the Director of INHS. David Switzer, Professor of History, replaced Professor Taylor on an interim basis and in 1997, Mark Okrant, Professor of Geography and Tourism Development, assumed the directorship. Following 1997, collection viewings were arranged through Professor Okrant and Professor Switzer and Okrant or Katherine Donahue, Professor of Anthropology, remained in the room with every researcher. Photographs could be photocopied and, in some instances, removed from Special Collections by completing an INHS borrowing form.

In 2002, Professor Okrant obtained funding through President Donald Wharton’s office to have the collection scanned. It was Professor Okrant’s contention that the collection’s value would be dramatically enhanced if the photographs could be viewed and annotated by the remaining Brown Company workers and elderly residents of Berlin who may have a direct and personal connection with the subject matter. Fortuitously, David A. Beronä was hired as the Library Director at this time and had experience digitizing historical collections. The scanning project was taken over by Dr. Charles Brown, Academic Technology Fellow, who used accepted digitization standards. The images were uploaded into an open source software product called Scriblio, which was created by Casey Bisson a PSU employee at that time that resulted in the website Beyond Brown Paper that exists today.

Funded by a grant in 2006 from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, 250 of the 11,000 photographs were scanned with preservation quality resolution. A computer workstation was purchased and set up in Berlin which provided internet access to these images and the capacity for users to provide information on the images either by phone or computer. The Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire worked as a partner in making connections with Berlin-area community organizations and volunteers and in linking this project to a variety of local cultural initiatives through the hard work of a VISTA volunteer. Scanning these images with preservation quality resolution ensures all subsequent work is done with digital images rather than manipulation of the fragile photographs. The scanned images, totaling over 45,000 to date, are accessible from this website and allow users to input written content related to the photographs.

The Brown Company Photographic Collection, which is located in Lamson Library’s Michael J. Spinelli Jr. Center for University Archives and Special Collections, documents much of the history of the Brown Company of Berlin, New Hampshire from the late nineteenth century through the mid-1960s. Among the subjects depicted in considerable detail are the varieties of work activity from the felling of trees to the final manufacture of pulp and paper in Berlin and Gorham. Also shown in detail are engineering projects, the construction of mills, and the installation of new equipment and machinery. A significant portion of the collection chronicles the social, cultural, and recreational lives of the workers, their families, and the place of these people in the life of Berlin itself.

Film Screening at Plymouth State University September 27, 2010 Life “At the River’s Edge” rivers edge film archives
The LLC is pleased to announce a screening of the award-winning film At The River’s Edge: An Oral History of Berlin, New Hampshire, on September 27th at 6:00p.m. in Hyde 120. This film drew heavily on the Beyond Brown Paper collection at Plymouth State University and has recently won both the AASLH National Award of Merit and Honorable Mention at the ACM Film Festival in Pittsburgh. It is also up for consideration by the New Hampshire International Film Festival and for broadcast on NHPTV. Director Scott Strainge will also be in attendance along with some of the members from the Timberlane Regional School District, Berlin & Coos County Historical Society, and Historic New England. This event is free and open to the public. Berlin Historical Society has DVDs available for purchase if you missed the screenings.

On October 15, 2008, the Beyond Brown Paper exhibition opened at Plymouth State University in the Silver Center for the Arts, and ran through December 15, 2008. The exhibition, containing roughly 35 enlarged photos, allowed for more interaction from visitors. St. Kieran Arts Center in Berlin, NH hosted the exhibit from April through June 2009. Along with its opening reception, an evening of Brown Company memories was shared by local folks whose lives were impacted by the presence of the company for many years. It is hoped that the exhibition will travel to other locations in the North Country and beyond.

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    • 1 Brad Hachez // Dec 19, 2006 at 9:34 am

      I think it is appropriate to acknowledge Dr. Charles Brown, the Academic Technology Fellow of the Lamson Learning Commons, as the individual who has scanned these images and done so exceptionally well.

    • 2 Social Tagging and Cataloging « colombianflowers // Apr 20, 2007 at 10:25 am

      […] Take for example the Beyond Brown Paper site. This is a project based out of Plymouth State University, and it aims to digitize and preserve a photography collection about the paper mills that used to function in the area. The collection contains about 11,000 photographs that are gradually making their way on to their site. The fascinating thing is that the site allows for comments and collaboration, and this has brought new information to the project. Locals who used to work at these mills have seen some of the photographs, and through their comments have started to fill in the information gaps. […]

    • 3 Elmer McKay // Jul 26, 2008 at 3:09 pm

      I am a model railroader. As such, we are always researching industries to build and put on our layouts. The paper industry is one that can be modeled in many different ways. I found this site by searching for “pulpwood unloading”. I am thrilled to say the least at finding this site with all of these photos. Great work!!!

    • 4 Alice Elizabeth Strait // Sep 8, 2008 at 1:36 pm

      I’m very interested in anything about the boom piers located in the Androscoggin. Please send links or info when you can. I’m very impressed with your website.
      A retired educator,

    • 5 Ian McLaren // Oct 10, 2008 at 7:20 pm

      Arthur Brosius was my grandfather….but I knew him only after he retired….I am the son of his youngest daughter…Norma

    • 6 Bilingual Librarian » Social Tagging and Cataloging // Nov 26, 2008 at 3:37 pm

      […] for example the Beyond Brown Paper site. This is a project based out of Plymouth State University, and it aims to digitize and […]

    • 7 Steve Tardiff // Dec 2, 2008 at 10:23 pm

      This site is fascinating! I own a camp in the Swift Diamond on South Valley Brook. I stumbled upon the pictures of camp 25 item 752 on this website. I believe that camp 25 is about 3/4 of a mile from my camp.

    • 8 Dave Brevik // Jun 7, 2009 at 1:59 pm

      My father was Ralph Brevik, I was surprised to
      see his picures here.

    • 9 Pierre Cantin // Dec 11, 2009 at 7:56 pm

      Windigo, Quebec, on the St. Maurice River was the most important depot of the Brown Corporation until 1947. There are a lot of photos in the issues of the Brown Bulletin, in the 1920’s. Do you intent to put those photos on your site?
      Thank ou.
      Pierre Cantin (Chaudiere Depot, 1947 & 1948, then Sanmaur up tu 1953).

    • 10 Jesse Aubin // Dec 15, 2009 at 3:53 pm

      I actually inventoried most of these items during during my work study @ PSC. Its nice to see them on the web.

    • 11 Seth Brown // Dec 17, 2009 at 5:20 am

      I live in Taos New Mexico - I love to explore the Internet and read stories people tell. A mysterious world exists outside of the history taught in schools.
      I found Beyond Brown Paper by accident a few months ago and I’m learning things that aren’t easy to talk about in my family, so much thanks for the website.
      As I was growing up my dad only a few times said things about his childhood. He said that his grandfather (Herbert) died of a broken heart when some bad men took control of a big company the family had. I used to ask my grandmother about her life before she came to New Mexico in 1945.
      She always said Taos, NM is God’s country and wouldn’t say a word about her past in New Hampshire.
      Then a few years back, my uncle Eric (who learned Brown Co. history from his dad, who ran the company during the Depression) came to Taos and he had put together a thick folder with history and photos of the old company that my dad remembered .
      I went to a party for Eric at my aunt’s house when Eric was here. On the table was the folder opened and a photo of a stern old man in a mink coat who looked so identical to my dad that I burst out laughing and confused because my dad wouldn’t put on a mink coat under any circumstances - he is strict vegetarian and will not wear leather shoes.
      Eric said, “That’s your great great grandfather, WW Brown. He lived like a king long ago.” None of us had ever heard his name. That was an experience where a photo spoke more than words.
      It’s a strange thing when the image of an ancestor appears 3 generations later during, in my dad’s case, the white beard stage of his life. Its even more revealing when personality morphs back to another time. The last week of my dad’s life he reverted to the way people spoke in the 19th century. My dad loved wood and worked for 23 years on a huge incredibly intricate wood house till he was 77 and not able to go on.

      The people working with hands and tools - it keeps me returning to Brown Company history.
      We need to recover that knowledge. Hope to visit someday.

    • 12 Donald Frenette // Feb 13, 2010 at 12:56 pm

      Great Site . . . nice to see the pictures preserved and presented in a way that people can have access to them as well as comment on them. I found two pictures of my father, Lionel Frenette and have posted links on my facebook page. One comment recieved from one of my nieces “I’ve never seen a picture of my grandfather”. Once people are identified in photos by people browsing the site are they then able to be searched for?? It would be neat to have that capability added . . . it might help in the identification of others in the photos. Thanks for saving this vital piece of Berlin History!!

    • 13 Sandra Lemire // Feb 14, 2010 at 9:02 pm

      What a website to browse. Item #8122 is my great uncle Edward Turcotte who worked on the railroad. Item #333 fourth main from the left with arms folded was my late husband’s father, Adelard Lemire. Great to see these pictures.

    • 14 Susan // Feb 15, 2010 at 6:45 pm

      In response to Donald Frenette’s question about identified photos:
      We do add the information from your comments to the database usually within a week from receiving the comment. The knowledge from folks visiting the website is priceless!

    • 15 David j. Tafel, P. Eng. // Feb 28, 2010 at 3:31 pm

      I am a retired professional Engineer who will be 69 next week. I worked in several Quebec mill & locations over the course of my 35 year career in the industry. I spent 20 years in La Tuque, QC (1956 - 76) working at jobs (student thru various operations) shortly after Brown Corp sold that mill to CIP in 1954. Brown Corp made very good quality kraft pulp and that’s part of the reason CIP purchased that mill. In the years following the mill sale, CIP expanded and improved the mill … improved profitabilty … and I was part of that. But the base can be laid to Brown Corp efforts. I salute the efforts made here and will comment if I find things that I can contribute to … to the advantage of all who pass here.

    • 16 Diane Haworth // Aug 3, 2010 at 4:09 pm

      I have a photo of item#40770. It is mounted on cardboard with the notes “The Drive” Swift Diamond Steam.

      It also has Beaudoin on one line and Brown Company on another. This is all in cursive pencil. Were the photographers allowed to sell the images that they took for the company? Or is there another reason for this photograph copy? Thanks, Diane

    • 17 Astrid Whidden // Sep 26, 2010 at 11:01 am

      I am doing research in Florida for a project on a small island supposedly leased by the Brown Company to process peanut oil or establish a shipping terminal for the product which was being grown on the plantation Brown Co. owned in Belle Glade, Florida. It is called Peanut Island to this day from this story. Does anyone know anything about this?

    • 18 Deborah Rheaume // Dec 1, 2010 at 7:30 pm

      Could you please tell me the dates of the very oldest photo’s you have? When did the mill start employing a photographer? What was the reason for such an extensive documentation? This is such an exciting collection. Whatever the motivation was I am glad they undertook to keep such a great resource.

    • 19 Pierre Cantin // Feb 8, 2011 at 2:57 pm

      You might be interested in viewing this rare portrait of « Monsieur Brown», one of the founders of the La Tuque mill, in 1909.

      This site ofers aloso many opictures of the Brown Corporation mill.


      Pierre Cantin

    • 20 Wyatt Bates // Mar 15, 2011 at 3:22 pm

      Jim Bates is my grandfather, and worked for Brown company for many years, and then James River once they took over. It is great to see a website such as this with all this history

    • 21 Carolyn French Judson // Apr 10, 2011 at 8:57 pm

      Dear Seth Brown, perhaps your aunt is the Kristina Brown Wilson who was a student at St, Marys in the Mountains, Littleton, NH, class of ‘48 when I was a senior, class or ‘45. There are relatives of Browns living here in Etna, NH who just attended a mtg of timberland owners, in Berlin, a few weekends ago. Kristina was related to Erik Brown, a skiing friend of ours in the 50s and later on we knew him, his wife Emmy, their 2 boys Aaron and Jared living by then in Amherst NH. Erik had retired from the Brown
      Co. after earning several patents, and when last we saw him, had published a book of gentle, natural essays about his discoveries of life on a nearby pond, during the seasons of the year. We always wondered how Kristina had fared out in Taos. She was tall, shy, a lovely blond girl who had original ideas about marriage and parenthood.

    • 22 Anna // May 21, 2011 at 11:08 am

      This site helped me make a website about the history of Berlin New Hampshire. Thank You Very Much!

    • 23 David Stroot // Dec 24, 2011 at 12:13 am

      My grandfather was Victor F. Beaudoin, the photographer of many of the images on this site. My Mother, Betty Beaudoin Stroot, is his daughter. Thank You for this web site. My Mother is thrilled to see her father’s work after all of these years.

    • 24 Emily Brown // Jun 26, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      @Carolyn French Judson
      And Erik’s eldest grandchild (Jared’s daughter) also lives in NH - me! Seth is the child of Malcolm Brown who was my grandfather Erik’s older brother. They, Kristina, her son, and most of that part of the family all live out in Taos.

    • 25 Jared Brown // Jun 27, 2012 at 9:03 pm

      My daughter Emily has that all right except for the fact that my father was the oldest in his family. The chronology runs in our lineage: WW Brown had a son Herbert, who had a son Paul, who had a son Erik who had a son Jared (me) who had a daughter Emily. Of course there were many other siblings in each of those families. My father Erik and his younger siblings, Malcolm, Christina, and Bruce grew up in Berlin. When my father returned from WWII he walked up to the house on church st. In Berlin and knocked on the door. He had recently fought during the entire battle on Iwa Jima in the south pacific. At any rate he had not been able to receive mail from his family for some time. No one answered the door and he soon found out that his parents had separated and his mother (Leslie) had sold the family silver and taken the two younger children (Christina and Bruce-my fathers brother Malcolm was also off to war at this time) and moved to Taos New Mexico. My grandfather Paul had taken a job working for a company in New York. My father followed his mother Leslie to Toas New Mexico and he worked in the oil fields of Texas for a time and then settled in Taos working in a frame shop. His age at this point around 26. It was at this point that my grandfather began writing my father tempting him with a business proposition for opening a pulp paper mill back in NH. My father took the bait and returned to NH. My grandfather set him up with a few machines and a couple of workers in Bellows falls VT. right across the river from Walpole NH. My grandfather would leave New York and meet my father in Bellows Falls to help him in his spare time with this fledgling business. However, my grandfather would board at the Walpole Inn across the Conn. river and that is where my Dad met my mother. My mother’s family ran the Walpole Inn. That is another story. After a year, my father was still running this paper pulp mill on his own with guidance from his father. They then decided to move the company to Nashua NH, called in Brown Company and ran it there from 1954 (my birth date) to 1974. His father Paul quit his job in New York and came to work with my father as a full time partner. Paul passed away around 1965 from a heart attack and my father continued to run Brown Products until 1973 at which point my father sold Brown products to an English firm who promised to keep Brown Company workers in employment. These last years without his father were difficult on my dad who said he felt like his right arm had been cut off. At any rate; the sale of Brown Products in 1973 ( as far as I am aware) was the last involvement of any Browns in the paper industry. Brown company of Berlin lost that company I believe in the 1940s. I thought it was during the depression but my wife who has taken a keen interest in Brown history assures me it was early 1940s….. If you are interested in the history of the Brown Company of Berlin and the history of Berlin itself, the film mentioned above is fantastic: The River’s Edge- An Oral History of Berlin NH. Order it online. I grew up listening to my father talk his family history in a way that captivated my young mind captured my imagination. Last memory for now… In the early 70s I spent two years working on the AMC trail crew in the White Mountains. My second summer on the trail crew I was given the job of Sign Man. I spent the summer covering 400 miles of trails replacing signs and assessing the condition of aging signs. At the end of the summer the Trail Master, Andy Narva handed me 5 very large brown signs with white lettering ( not the typical small white with green lettering AMC signs) and instructed me to place the 5 signs at the head of each 5 major trails headed into the Mahoosic Range ( just north of Gorham, south of Berlin). The signs read: WELCOME TO BROWN COMPANY LAND. Now that’s a piece of irony don’t you think? When I mentioned my Brown company heritage to the trail master his eyes widened and then he sat me down and grilled me with questions shaking his head the whole time. Good stuff. That’s my cousin Seth’s blog above followed by a Carolyn who knew Kristina at the White Mountain School, followed by my daughter Emily! By the way, my father and Malcolm have passed away but my father’s sister Kristina and brother Bruce still reside in Toas, New Mexico where my grandmother took them around 1944.
      Jared Brown
      Wilton, NH. Hi Seth! Thanks Em!

    • 26 Steve Dalphonse // Sep 18, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      As a former Berlin area resident i find this site very interesting, especially the responses of those viewing it. My grandfather was Eddie Long who worked for the Brown Co. and also the Brown family as a chauffeur and handyman. My mom has told of memories of Paul Brown and playing at the house on church street .

      Steve Dalphonse
      Merrimack N.H.

    • 27 Reuben Rajala // Oct 13, 2012 at 2:24 pm

      This is a wonderful collection and it’s superb that PSU has put it online, with opportunities for folks to add comments and to obtain and use photos for articles, displays, etc!

      Thank you.

      Gorham Historical Society

    • 28 Sarah [Brown] Buck Garcia // Nov 7, 2012 at 8:36 pm

      I am very much enjoying the shared perspectives of history here. Of course I like reading the memories of my adored cousin Seth and brother Jared, and perhaps I can add a few thoughts to the mix. I enjoyed the Brown family history that my father Erik put together in his late years. Recently I’ve been indulging in some pursuits as a hobby and see a few things I hadn’t noticed growing up in the family lore. My great-great-grandfather who started the Brown Company, William Wentworth Brown was born in Clinton Maine in 1821. His father came from Hallowell Maine, and then before that his father seems to have been born in Billerica Mass in 1746. William Wentworth married Emily Hart Jenkins whose family came from Falmouth MA and also Hartford CT. As I was researching my ancestors, I was surprised to see generations upon generations of people in NH, MA, and CT. I would say 80% of our ancestors could only be described as New Englanders. I only mention all that, because my grandmother, Lesley McDougall Brown, was such a monumental presence in our family memories. She was the daughter of a highly respected professor of psychology. He was a Reader at Oxford University for seventeen years (I think that means Professor, but not head of the department) then came to Harvard University (with his 17 year old daughter, Lesley, and also his son Angus) where he taught for seven years before going to Duke University. Lesley McDougall married Paul Brown, grandson of William Wentworth Brown. But William McDougall studied genetics and heredity. He believed that abilities could be inherited, even going so far as to say that negros who excelled probably had mulatto blood. Given that his prominence at Harvard Univ was in the 1930s, prior to the horrors inflicted on the Jewish community across Europe, his reputation was sullied. I believe he had the dubious honor of being denounced by the New York Times. I read recently that science is bearing out some of his assertions, but it is clear that they were indistinguishable from the
      awful use that this was being put in service of in the Third Reich. There is a good book I recently read called “In the Garden of the Beasts” by the wonderful author Erik Larson about the US Ambassodor Dodd to Germany in the 1930s. It appears clear that there was anti-Jewish sentiment across the oceans.

      The Scottish “McDougall” side of the family was quite revered in my family for its reknown. That was combined with my grandmother’s lovely ability to paint watercolors, write poetry, and after she left my grandfather in the early 1940s, to live in a small adobe house in Taos NM, and travel on a shoestring to San Miguel , Mexico, each winter from Taos, made her a larger than life figure in our world. Given that I saw my grandmother only every few years as the New England side of the family, it speaks to legend.

      There is a picture of my Dad, Erik, on the dock at Moonahanis at about age 16. I think how hard it must have been for him to both go to WWII and Iwo Jima for those years, and to return to the complete upheaval of his world wherein the Brown Company - the largest privately owned company in the world he told me - had disappeared. He had been a sophmore at Williams College - the captain of the cross-country ski team - when he left. He came back to never complete college at the Univ of New Mexico… to teach skiing at a Utah resort, eventually running the lodge… to go to the Texas oil fields with his WWII buddy Pete Totomoff (don’t know how to spell that)…to desperately try to invent something to make some money as desperately poor in the oil fields, though accumulating some terrific stories. My Dad was an amazing story teller - really quite a terrific companion. Dad told me something, though, about going back to start a new company with his father - Brown Products Inc. - that made packaging materials. He made a choice to leave the richness in the legacy of the Brown Company. He used an incident from the past to illustrate what he meant: an incident in which Xmas greeting cards were used as Poker cards from which the one with the most tasteless card lost the round. His Xmas card was unfortunately one that lost the round for someone and he never forgot it. He said too much wealth wasn’t healthy. He was very careful not to use extremist language. But he said, an atmosphere where you were evaluated on the width of your tie, the extremely limited number of acceptable colleges to which you might have gone, not to mention the tastelessness of your greeting card, was not an environment in which he wished to raise his children. So I end this long soliliquey, to say that he chose a small New England town to raise his family. He took us on mountain hikes, quarry swims, an occaisional and maximum of three days to the ocean, and canoe trips into the wilderness. I feel for him, the gargantuan (and it really is) presence of the Brown Company was in juxtaposition of the equally grand presence of the McDougall heritage. There is still talk of how when my grandmother Lesley married Paul, the McDougall clan decided the relation was too far to relate the contents under the cairn, yet my ancestry research tells me my grandmother McDougall had been in England for three generations before the emigration to the United States. Ah, the stories the families tell.

    • 29 Seth Brown // May 12, 2013 at 10:02 am

      Im posting again because there are some things that can help reveal what happened to Berlin NH….and the rest of our country.
      Ive been doing intensive research into the global financial system since 1997, it was an intuition I had then which is not my normal pattern in life.
      I grew up in a family that survived in the 1950s by cutting and selling firewood,baking bread with wheat we grew on our land, gardens and government surplus food.We drove a 1942 dodge truck with no brakes just double clutching granny gear and emergency brake. No running water or electricity first 8 years in the adobe home we built for 300 dollars near Taos NM.

      Author(monkey wrench gang) Edward Abbey and his family were our partners, sharing to make it in new mexico, my dad worked for 25 cents an hour as a cabinet maker in albuquerque.Saving enough then our families moved back to taos in 1956.
      My grandmother Lesley Brown brought us to Taos in 1945 to live close to the land and heal from what happened in Berlin.
      My dad Malcolm returned from the navy to Berlin in 1945 and pried boards off the window of his childhood home to have a place to sleep then found his way to new mexico.
      I spent the winter of 1968 with Lesley camping the wild coasts of Mexico in her ford station wagon and staying in her favorite hotels both of us living on the tiny pension her ex husband Paul Brown sent from new hampshire.
      She lived for decades in mexico each winter where she could save enough money to fill her car with presents she brought to us each spring in Taos.
      When I was 17 my mom said you have to start making your own money, I said im going to live off the land without money she said I bet you cant.
      So 1970 I quit high school and hitchhiked to the canadian border in idaho at beginning of january it was 20- 30 below zero the whole way.I sheltered nights in culverts.At the border station there were two white haired english gents who said where are you headed young man?
      I said im going to the yukon.They said no your not its 70 below there and you will be found frozen to death.They wouldnt let me into canada.
      So I ended up living in an abandoned cabin with no glass in the windows in montana for two months surviving on two whitetail deer I shot.
      I spent 3 summers in canada living in the woods no way was I going to vietnam.
      In the 1970s I began to develope a theory about money,that goes like this.
      Anyone who is fortunate enough to own a company that brings wealth to the family would be happier if they realized that the money gained actually belongs in the eyes of god to the employees who earned it with blood sweat and tears.The excess has to be given back or karma will visit.
      Ive done my share working for barely enough to live thats how I learned.
      My uncle Erik visited us in Taos for the last time at the turn of the millenium,and inspired me to research the brown company that we knew only from the distant memories of dads childhood.
      Ive been very impressed how the browns operated their company in a way very similar to my money theory.
      Now how about those robber barrons ive been researching since 1997,well I discovered things that many people find hard to believe.
      So I will say just a little.Its better to see the evidence .
      The great depression was an event orchestrated by bankers to steal family farms and companies.
      Brown Company is a classic case of this, the outcome has caused lot of grief as the people of Berlin know.
      My uncle Erik gave us an account of the fall of the Brown Company. In the account Erik points out that Perkins (Herbert Browns financial advisor for 35 years) was found dead in his car that had fallen off a high road.
      Perkins was essential at the time in the effort to save the company.There was belief of foul play in Perkins death
      Erik also said that white russians were involved in the takeover of Brown Company.
      Im sure Erik never read the “the unseen hand”by ralph epperson where white russians are described as rothschild agents in the takeover of companies during the depression.Erik said that a company in italy owned brown company after the takeover, the rothschilds work with the vatican and its bank.So this also fits a pattern.
      Erik knew through direct experience probably from Paul Brown who was involved in trying to save the company.
      This supports the patterns described in books.Here are some sources.

      Youtube- Charlotte Iserbyt “societies secrets”
      then watch her other videos to see how Bethel Maine figures in the grand scheme of things.
      Charlotte was senior policy advisor for education reagan adminstration.
      The bankers plan was to rewrite history and convince the world its true when it isnt.
      Youtube-griffin dodd-for an interview of norman dodd who headed the reese comittey in 1954.A congressional investigation of tax free foundations.
      Then go to starting at the bottom of the colome to the right click read more then begin with confirmed trillion dollar lawsuit part one and two then keep reading up the colome.This is real james bond 007 stuff and extreamly significant to our future. subscribe if you can if not you can find his full weekly articles on other websites google his name and date on monday afternoons.This is weekly news things you wont find on tv.
      these last two websites are about an alliance of 180 countries that are involved in enforcing the bretton woods agreement made at the mount washington hotel in 1944 and several of histories largest lawsuits..
      “the creature from jekyll island”by edward griffin is the best book on banking and the great deppression.
      Im interested to know any info anyone may have about Perkins and the fall of the Brown Company 1932-1943
      My great grandfather was Herbert Brown.
      my address is

      Seth Brown
      HCR 74,box 24545
      El Prado, NM.87529

    • 30 Seth Brown // May 12, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      Something I should have added to complete this story.
      My grandfather Paul Brown put Brown Company during the depression on a system called cost plus that was effective in making the company profitable despite the conditions.
      7 financial advisors then told the bank that brown company could catch up on its late payments if the bank in boston would hold off for one year in its effort to take the company. The bank payed no attention and somehow convinced the brothers to sell brown company to the bank for one penny on the dollar.
      One year prior to the sale the “little white russian banker from boston” visited Orton at his house in berlin and tried to convince Orton to sell brown company for 50 cents on the dollar.Orton smashed a glass of water on the table and said or roared as our family tends to do “I will never sell the brown company”
      Forclosure is not a lawfull prossess so im guessing thats the reason the bank was seeking a sale,it appears voluntary that way.
      I believe Herbert Orton and Wr Brown were so exausted and broke that they gave in and accepted the retirement plan the bank offered.They were getting along in years and needed to retire.Orton fired Paul in 1939.
      Paul was capable to run the company and young enough.Paul and Orton were not on speaking terms from then on.Paul felt Orton sided with the bank.Naturaly Orton wanted to continue working for the company he built.
      Lots of dignified sadness can be seen in the photographs of Orton, WR, Herbert and Downing in their old age.
      Brown Company before the takeover really is a good model for the future world economy that is coming.I guess that is why so many people are looking into its past.
      In 1943 the bank removed all the browns from the company,im guessing the bank figured the brothers and paul had been soaked for enough talent and knoledge so the bank could put Henry P Carruth in charge.
      Ive researched Carruth on the internet ,he was into “the divine rite of kings”a ritual practiced by elite bankers in europe.Carruth became a bigwig in the paper industry heading other paper companies.The patterns go on and on through out the world .These two posts are a combination of what Erik had in his account and research ive done over the years.Im sure there are probably mistakes but alot of truth .Ive found that the story takes new forms the deeper it goes.Surly only the surface has been scratched with this legendary old company.

    • 31 Seth Brown // May 15, 2013 at 12:45 am

      Here goes my third post in a row.This part may be known but I havent seen it on this site so here is the history from Eriks Browns account of how WW Brown built his company.
      It may explain why there was more consideration of the people who really built Brown Company,the employees than in companies owned by ruling families.
      WW grew up on a farm in clinton maine.There were so many children that it was nessesary for the kids to strike out on their own at age 16.
      WW noticed that wood cutters were living in the woods cutting ships knees and timbers for building sailing ships.
      WW had saved up one dollar and convinced a bank to loan him 250 dollars on his reputation and the dollar.WW started buying these types of timbers to float into lake champlain.There he encircled the timbers by drilling holes in the ends of timbers and linking them togeather with chane.He installed sails on these floating islands and sailed to the hudson river where he floated to new jersey to sell the timbers. WW did this for twenty years saving up 50 thousand dollars,this was the value of his last batch of knees and timbers that he sailed down the hudson .
      He was caught in a storm and nearly lost his timbers in the hudson.
      Finally arriving in new jersey he hired someone to sell the timbers.
      It took two years to sell them because ship building was dying out. In 1868 he was walking down the street in Berlin NH .
      A man I dont remember who ,stopped WW and said would you like to buy my sawmill in berlin with 20 thousand acres of timber.
      WW said I have 50 thousand dollars (which was the amount this man was asking )but I dont have anything to run the mill.This man maybe also named brown said ,I will take payment later when you make money.
      WW knew this was his big break in life so the deal was done.Things grew from there rapidly.
      WW did have to get through several very harrowing declines in buisness as berlin mills company grew.
      WW knew bankers were responsible for these booms and busts.We have a letter WW wrote to his son Rob Brown describing his adventures building his company.
      Any one who would like to see how JP Morgan engineered these busts could read “the creature from jekyll island” by edward griffin “the unseen hand” by ralph epperson or “the federal reserve” by eustace mullins .The great depression was the fifth steep downturn orchestrated by bankers.JP Morgan was agent for Rothchilds and recieved 19% of the spoils.
      Morgan died in 1913 but the rothschild empire continues.
      They and the rockefellars and many others are in big trouble now.The rothschilds offered 50 trillion to be left alone by the alliance that has formed over the last few years ,the offer was not accepted.You can read about this somewhere in the archives on
      I read them all as they were posted each week.
      To understand fulfords involvement and reputation go to scroll down and click the first article called CONFIRMED trillion dollar lawsuit,scroll down again and click the blue MP3 button for audio interview of fulford by david wilcock.This interview is the easiest way to get aquainted with whats happening and then reading divine cosmos financial tyranny articles from the bottom up.
      Check out fulfords interview of david rockefellar on youtube too documents an epic tale streatching back to the east india company and the vast hoards of gold stollen from china by the bankers .
      The bretton woods agreement at the mount washington hotel is part of the story.Brown Company seems to be intertwined in this story,bethel maine after the takeover of brown co.and so on.
      The future looks very bright as this history passes .
      Seeing how thats possible is worth the effort to investigate this story

    • 32 Jethro McClellan // Jul 5, 2013 at 11:24 pm

      Thank you, Seth and Jared! I’m very much interested in ancestry, and would love to talk to both of you, further, about this. (I don’t suppose you’d send me your email addresses? And/or Kristina’s, if she’s okay with that.

    • 33 Seth Brown // Jul 19, 2013 at 12:02 pm

      Hi Jethro, My email is
      Here is an entertaining way to investigate the great depression .Watch the Wizard Of Oz,clue oz is short for ounces .In the book by frank baum ,dorothys slippers were silver.The tornado is the deppression it hits farm country and a way of life dissapears.On the fortune tellers wagon is written “the crowned heads of europe”the man inside is the same as the wizard.The castle is green as in paper money and shaped like stock market graph.And the little troupe have to pass through a field of poppies ,when they do listen to what the witch says. The whole movie is packed with clues to what happened in the 1930s.You can find out more on youtube about that film.
      Email me and I will give your email address to Kris.

    • 34 Mark Jacob // Sep 22, 2013 at 12:52 am

      Would anyone know the color of the Brown Co. log trucks etc. (and the color of the lettering on them) like all of the ones in the pictures? Without color photos that sort of thing gets lost to history.

      Would like to build scale models of some of the equipment in these photos but can’t do it without knowing the color scheme!

    • 35 Jethro McClellan // Oct 12, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      — to your knowledge, is that pic of Erik on the beyondbrownpaper ‘page? And/or can you locate it and post it? And/or do you know where I might find it?
      — I’m researching the McDougalls, sort of (among other things). Want me to get you in touch with another Brown family member (sorta related to Erik) via FaceBook?

    • 36 Seth Brown // Nov 18, 2013 at 1:03 pm

      The word is out that a very big change is about to happen.
      Here are some sources that will reveal what is happening .

      On youtube-

      Neal Keanan Changing of The Guard

      Alexandra Meadors -interviews Cobra

      Rob Potter

      Montague Keen

      Montague Keen has a letter that appears on google often’ the november 10th and 17th letters are very revealing.My great grandfather William Macdougal was involved with the same group that Montague was involved with.
      SPR or the soceity for psychical research in england.
      Years ago a friend gave me a book that turned out to be one of three books written by Elsa Barker -”letters from a living dead man” war letters ” ” and last letters ” “1912-1917.
      These books describe things that were happening then that are about to be completed now.
      To say these 3 books are significant is saying little ,ive read them 5 times and will read them over and over to understand the depths of our history.

      Anyone who really wants to investigate can see lots more youtube material of these people that will open up this epic story.
      That is revealed in detail by
      David wilcock-

      Seth Brown

    • 37 Bill Wilson // Nov 20, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      About 1956 I visited Brown Co. with a group from the Harvard Forest. At the top of the conveyor where the logs went into the chipper there was a flimsy 2×4 railing and the man who steered the logs into the chipper with a (?) picaroon. A log got stuck in the chipper so he sunk the picaroon in the railing, climbed up and into the chipper where he kicked the log till it went through and rattled down the chute. He climbed back out and we gave a collective sigh of relief. Those were the good old days.

    • 38 Kristina von Dohrmann // Jan 8, 2014 at 12:09 am

      Having many relatives who worked either in the woods or for the Brown Co. and researching my grandfather - any information on McCullough, Gleason & John Schmidt (his one time business partner who died suddenly),they were timber contractors for Brown Co. or his father Edward & Susie McCullough - Edward passed away by drowning - since he worked for Brown Co than - are there records?
      at any rate - love of land, woods, history and such was instilled in us at young ages - Kudo’s to those that are part of this history keeping.

    • 39 Seth Brown // Jan 13, 2014 at 12:59 pm

      I’m continuing research into the financial system transformation that is approaching. So I will post now and then a few of the best links I find by sifting through allot of material.

      on youtube-
      State of Mind the Psychology of Control

      exopolitics byron belitsos - click the one with byron smiling ,this interview is very special

    • 40 Seth Brown // Jan 15, 2014 at 5:06 am

      Here is another link

      go to january 12,2014 update it could explain why ownership of Brown Company was transfered to a company in Italy 1930s.

      also is a site where good info can be sorted out.

    • 41 Seth Brown // Jan 17, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      Its true i’m posting quite a bit on this sight.The change that happened to Brown Company in the 1930s was very signifigant so I thought I should post material that would help explain what happened.After all this Site is named BeyondBrownPaper.Hee Hee.

      I added Charolotte Iserbyt,and Griffin Dodd interview to show why this material may seem very difficult to believe.Strange as it may seem,the people who are trying to install ,”The New World Order” have invested huge resourses to alter the belief system of the entire human race., as Charolotte Iserbyt has documented.

      Fortunatly the whole system is disintegrating and a far different system is ready to replace the old one.The deeper anyone investigates the links im posting the more evidence will appear ,in fact the subject is truly vast,an indication of the nature of the change that is about to happen.April 2014 is a probable time.

      Here are some more links
      Neil Keenan .net

      google-Louis T Mcfadden,his address to congress will reveal much about the great depression.

      In the early 1970s my dad (Malcolm) traveled on a shoestring to Europe Africa India.
      In England he visited the village at the center of a huge circle of stones Avebury.
      As he sat on a bench feeling the power of that place,an old man came out of one of the houses in Avebury and walked to where Malcolm was sitting and spoke something ive forgotten,then gave dad a big book.
      Dad gave me two books when he returned from his Travels in 1974 One was “The Essene Gospel of Peace” the other book was the one given to him in Avebury,”The Urantia Book” I tried to read it back then but didnt understand.

      The Byron Belitsos interview on Exopolitics is inspiration to Read that book,I still have the same book dad found in Avebury. Maybe it will explain many things.

    • 42 Neil Silverman // Mar 15, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      I’d like to get anything that exists for the Resort Hotels in Bethlehem, NH; and for nearby inns like the Richardson’s Caramat in Sugar Hill.

      Any and all pictures and comments about Camp Hilary in Bethlehem, NH (1948-1955) would also be welcomed; including nearby areas like the Lewis Hill and Whitcomb Hill Roads.

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