El Dorado County








Roger W. Browne, secretary, treasurer and manager of the El Dorado Irrigation District for the past six years, has shown himself well qualified for this responsible position, the duties of which he is discharging in a most satisfactory manner. Born in Seattle, Washington, on the 15th of May, 1891, he is a son of Frank J. and Luella (Bash) Browne. In 1900 the family moved to Berkeley, this state, where the father was engaged in teaching to the time of his death. The mother still resides in that city.

Roger W. Browne received his early education in public and private schools, after which he took a University of California extension course. In April, 1917, he went to France with other students from the University of California and joined the French ambulance service, serving for twenty months, or until after the close of the war. On his return to this country he went back to Berkeley, but soon afterward came to Placerville as a ditch tender for the El Dorado Irrigation District. He was faithful and efficient in his work and in 1925 was promoted to his present position. The El Dorado district was formed under the Wright Act in 1925, at which time it took over the old water company. The officers of the district are elected and the manager is appointed by the officers. The district supplies water to the territory adjacent to Placerville and is rendering valuable service to the ranchers and gardeners of this locality. Mr. Browne was elected treasurer of the district and is now performing the duties of both secretary and treasurer.

In early manhood Mr. Brown was united in marriage to Miss Georgia May Campbell, who is also a graduate of the University of California, and they are the parents of three children: Ruth Elizabeth, George A. and Roger W., Jr.

Mr. Browne supports the Republican Party and has been active in local public affairs. He resigned the position of police judge after five years of service. He is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Lions Club and the Placerville Golf and Country Club. He has been one of the leaders in efforts to promote the best interests of Placerville, as was evidenced recently in his successful attempt to provide the community with a theater. Since the destruction by fire of the former theater, Placerville had been without a public amusement place. Mr. Browne took upon himself the promotion of a theater, the outcome of which was the erection of the present commodious and well equipped motion picture house, which is modern and fireproof, at a cost of sixty thousand dollars. His public-spirited efforts are appreciated by the people, as is evidenced by their liberal patronage of the new house. He has proved a very capable and reliable man under all circumstances and is worthy of the success which is his.



Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 3, Pages 119-120. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.

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