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Out of the Clock Tower

Hello and welcome to the Greene County Archives' blog, "Out of the Clock Tower".  Please join us as we share information on archival issues, news, special events, and highlights from our collection.

Before the archives program began in Greene County in 1996, permanent records were stored in every conceivable space, in basements, garages, and closets. Usually they were in boxes of various shapes and sizes, although seldom adequately labeled, but occasionally they were just in loose piles of books and papers. Most notable were the old records stuffed into the clock tower of the County Courthouse, where they shared their home with pigeon droppings.

Now, there is a clean, environmentally controlled, well appointed location for the county archives, where our historical records are housed in standard sized boxes on steel shelves. We have taken note of their journey in the name for our blog.

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Nov 15

Betrayal and Murder: The Turbulent Life of Senator Arthur Brown Part II

Posted on November 15, 2019 at 9:41 AM by Elise Kelly

Picking up where we left off last week, it was only after several arguments and negotiations that Arthur agreed to end his relationship with Anne Bradley. It is interesting to note that Anne Bradley was thirty years younger than Arthur Brown and she was introduced to him by Arthur’s wife, Isabel. When they met, Anne Bradley was a divorced mother of two, (Matthew and Martha Clare Bradley) who was working for Salt Lake City’s Republican Committee (See Fig. 1). During Anne and Arthur’s secret relationship, she bore two additional children which she claimed were Arthur’s. He counter-argued that they were not his since the relationship was off and on.

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Fig. 1 Anne Bradley, Cincinnati Enquirer, December 4, 1907 (

When Arthur’s wife, Isabel, found out about the affair, Arthur purchased a revolver for Anne Bradley in order to protect herself from his wife. Only a couple of years later, Isabel Brown died of cancer in 1905. Anne Bradley assumed that since Isabel was gone, Arthur Brown would subsequently marry her. True to form, Arthur Brown kept postponing a wedding date and possibly was intent on marrying Annie Adams Kiskadden. Kiskadden was the mother of one of America’s most prominent actresses of the time, Maude Adams (See Fig. 2). Anne Bradley caught wind of this and followed Arthur Brown to Washington, D.C., where he was to argue a case before the Supreme Court.

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Fig. 2 Photograph of the Actress Maude Adams (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Frantically, Anne searched for the hotel where Arthur was staying. Finally after three attempts, she found where he was staying (See Fig. 3). Once she checked into her room, which was only four doors down from Arthur’s, Anne entered his room in a fury, demanding that he marry her. While inside Arthur’s hotel room, Anne observed several letters that were written from Annie Adams Kiskadden to Arthur. Arthur turned to leave when Anne drew the gun that Arthur purchased for her, and shot him in the abdomen. Hearing the gun shot, the hotel manager ran up to the room and asked Anne if is she was Senator Brown’s wife. Anne responded by stating, “No, but I am the mother of his two children.”

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Fig. 3 The Raleigh Hotel, Washington, D.C. (Image courtesy of the Library of Congress via Wikimedia Commons)

The Washington Herald, reported that when asked if Anne felt justified in her actions, she replied, “I certainly do, and I do not feel that I have anything to regret, and I think I will have the support of my friends in the West in what I have done.” She also informed The Washington Times that Arthur Brown was the father of her two children and that he had ruined her life (See Fig. 4). Many friends, family, and strangers sent money to Anne in order for her to pay her legal expenses. Even restaurants in D.C. sent her free meals while she was imprisoned. Ultimately, Anne was acquitted based on temporary insanity.

Fig. 4 The Washington Times (JPG)
Fig. 4 Excerpt of The Washington Times Newspaper, December 9, 1906 (Image via The Library of Congress)

Anne Bradley returned to Utah only to experience further tragedy nine years later. In April 1915, her son, Matthew Bradley, shot and killed his half-brother, Arthur Brown, Junior (See Fig. 5). Matthew worked hard all his life yet never received any money from Arthur Brown’s estate. Knowing that his half-brother received a considerable amount of money from Brown’s estate, Matthew Bradley roiled with jealousy. The two brothers ended up quarreling over a trivial argument and Matthew, in a fit of anger, shot and killed his half-brother.

Fig. 5 Arthur Brown, JR. (JPG)
Fig. 5 Photograph of Arthur Brown, Jr., The Washington Times, December 9, 1906 (Image via The Library of Congress)

Can you imagine Anne having to visit the grave of the child of the love of her life, while also visiting another child in jail who was responsible for his death? We can envision that Anne’s spirit may be restless due to these tragic events. Whether she walks the streets of Yellow Springs where she was once called “Mrs. Brown,” we do not know.

Until Next Time!

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