One of the old and well established business firms of Washington C. H., Fayette county, Ohio, is that of C. H. Brownell & Sons, which was established in this place more than half a century ago. Charles Herbert Brownell, who, with his brother, Henry B., conducts the business, has been a life-long resident of Washington C. H.. and during his whole career has been actively interested in everything which has been advanced for the general welfare of the community.

Charles Herbert Brownell. of the firm of C. H. Brownell & Sons, was born in Washington C. H., Ohio, November 24, 1873. He is the son of Charles Henry and Ruth (Barnett) Brownell, natives of New York state, and the parents of four children, Lucy Richmond, John C, Harry B. and Charles Herbert. John C. died in infancy and the other three children are still living.

Charles Henry Brownell was born in Chautauqua county, New York, and was reared to manhood in that state. Upon reaching manhood he became a teacher in the public schools of New York, and later came to Ohio and located at Chillicothe. Here he met Ruth Barnett, who later became his wife, and they were married in her home in Rensselaer county, New York. Charles Henry Brownell and his young bride came from Chillicothe to Washington C. H. on April 29, 1866, and Mr. Brownell at once became interested in the buying and selling of eggs and poultry. Success attended his efforts from the first and soon after the war he took his brother, David Sherman Brownell. in with him as his partner. They continued together until the death of David in 1892. From 1872 to 1882 the Brownell Brothers were engaged in the retail grocery business, but the growth of the poultry and egg trade was such that they felt that it demanded all of their attention, so they retired from the grocery business. For a period of fifty-two years the firm now known as C. H. Brownell & Sons has been the leading firm in the egg and poultry business in this section of the state. The business has grown by leaps and bounds, and now three large buildings are retjuired to take care of the large trade. The company now has branch offices in Columbus, Ohio, Boston, Massachusetts, and Newark, New Jersey.

The paternal grandparents of Charles Herbert Brownell were David and Thankful (Brownell) Brownell, natives of New York and of English descent. David Brownell and his wife lived all of their days in Chautauqua county, New York, where they reared a family of nine children: Prudence Jane, Lucinda, Benjamin, Charles Henry, Simeon, David Sherman, Harriet and Huldah. The maternal grandparents, John and Jerusha (Sweet) Barnett, were also born in New York and died in Rensselaer, New York, at an advanced age. John Barnett and wife reared a large family of children: Smith, Esther, Sarah, Nathaniel, Mary, Ruth, George, Deborah, Betsey, Alphia and two who died in infancy. Charles Henry Brownell died July 9, 1902, at the age of sixty-seven, and his widow is still living at the advanced age of eighty. They were both loyal members of the Methodist Episcopal church and took a deep interest in its success.

Charles Herbert Brownell receibed his education in the public schools of Washington C. H., and then entered Ohio Wesleyan University, from which he graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Science in 1896. He then entered the employ of his father in the egg and poultry business and later became a member of the firm, to which he has since devoted his sole attention. His brother, Henry Barnett Brownell, is a member of the firm, which is still managed under the old firm name of C. H. Brownell & Sons. Mr. Brownell is a successful business man and the firm has built up a business which has assumed a place of first rank in Fayette county. He is president of Brownell Sons Company, of Columbus, Ohio, and also president of Brownell Boston Company, of Boston, Massachusetts.

Mr. Brownell was married December 6, 1899, at Clyde, Ohio, to Mabel Huntley, the daughter of George P. and Laura (Kennedy) Huntley. To this union six children have been born: Charles Huntley, born June 8, 1901; Laura Huntley, born June 15, 1903; Elizabeth Huntley, born June 3, 1904; Roma Huntley, born June 8, 1906; George Huntley, born March 7, 1908, and Dean Huntley, born December 24, 1909. Mrs. Brownell has a brother and a sister, A. K. and Roma.

Politically, Mr. Brownell is identified with the Republican party and the family are members of the Methodist Episcopal church.


From History of Fayette County Ohio - Her People, Industries and Institutions by Frank M. Allen (1914, R. F. Bowen & Company, Inc.)