Archive for c.l. brown

Historic Flights Back in Time

For several years, Bill Jeffcoat wrote Letters to the Editor of the Abilene Reflector-Chronicle newspaper.  In these letters, he mused on the history of Abilene, usually relating the story to something relevant today.  In this Letter to the Editor from April 1, 1999, Bill wrote about the history of one of C.L. Brown’s lesser known companies:

In May 1927, Charles Lindbergh makes his one man crossing of the Atlantic in his one engine airplane called “The Spirit of St. Louis.”  It was New York to Paris, the first man to make such a flight. Read More→

“C.L. Brown and Kansas Independent Telephony” Now on YouTube

Back in July, the Dickinson County Historical Society premiered the short documentary film,C.L. Brown and Kansas Independent Telephony.  The film highlights the life of C.L. Brown, a utilities entrepreneur and humanitarian who gave back to the Kansas public in fantastic ways during his life.  Today, the independent telecommunications companies continue this tradition set forth by Brown, by giving to their communities as well.  Several images featured in the short film were taken by the Jeffcoat Photography Studio.

Principal funding for this program is provided by the Kansas Humanities Council, a nonprofit cultural organization promoting understanding of the history, traditions, and ideas that shape our lives and build community.

C.L. Brown and Kansas Independent Telephony can be viewed below: