Jacob Vandenberg Brower

1844-1905

Jacob Brower was an archaeologist, ethnologist, explorer, Father of Itasca State Park, and discoverer of the utmost visible source of the Mississippi River and he was also one of the recognized world authorities on the natural history and anthropology of the upper Mississippi basin (Jacob V. Brower, October 20, 1996).

His parents, Abraham Duryea Brower and Mary (Stevens) Brower, were very well established people who had settled in Michigan, and later moved to the state of Minnesota. At the age of sixteen he came with his parents to Watab, in Benton County, and thence to Todd County, Minnesota, where the family settled permanently upon a farm in the vicinity of Long Prairie (Jacob V. Brower, October 20, 1996).

In the year 1862, at the age of nineteen, he enlisted in the Minnesota Volunteers, under the command of General H. H. Sibley, and participated in several battles with Indians during the Indian campaign in 1862 (Jacob V. Brower, October 20, 1996). He then went on to serve in many battles until 1865, following the Civil War’s end.

He had never been happier than when he returned to Todd County, Minnesota.In 1867, he settled down with Armina E. Shava. The happy couple had two children by the names of R.B. Brower and Josephine V. Brower. The two children ended up staying in northern Minnesota in St. Cloud, about 30 miles from Long Prairie.Mr. Brower was the first County Auditor of Todd County, Minnesota, having been appointed January 1, 1867, at the date of the organization of Todd County (Jacob V. Brower, October 20, 1996).

In 1871, he undertook the study of law and was admitted to practice in 1873, serving for a time as the County Attorney in Todd County (Jacob V. Brower, October 20, 1996). In 1873, he decided to re-locate to St. Cloud. He was president during the construction and early operation periods of the Sauk Centre Northern Railroad (Jacob V. Brower, October 20, 1996). This line of railway is now referred to as the Great Northern Railroad.

He was associated in the ownership of two newspapers--first the Todd County Argus, and later the Sauk Centre Tribune, He plotted the Village of Browerville, in Todd County, at present a substantial settlement (Jacob V. Brower, October 20, 1996).In 1911, the Hill-Lewis survey data and Winchell-Upham survey data, along with Jacob V. Brower's archaeological information on Northern Minnesota artifacts and sites was compiled (edited) by State Geologist Newton H. Winchell (Minnesota Prehistory, November 14, 2003). Winchell's atlas was published on the authority of the Minnesota Historical Society in, “The Aborigines of Minnesota” (Minnesota Prehistory, November 14, 2003). This book was the first major assemblage of this in-depth survey data that was new to the world of Minnesota history.

References:

Jacob V. Brower. (20 October 1996).

http://tigger.stcloudstate.edu/~brower/brower.html 3 March 2004.“Minnesota Prehistory.”

History and Development of Minnesota Archeology
. (14 November 2003).

http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/prehistory/minnesota/minnesotaarchaeology/interpretivhistoryofminn.html
3 March 2004.