Article I found in the San Francisco Call Newspaper
13 July 1896
Chance Meeting of a Son of John Brown
and a Son of the Sheriff Who
McMINNVILLE, Or., July 12 —
Two men of historical connections met by
chance here during the Bimetallic
convention Thursday. As is the custom in
all conventions in Oregon every delegate
does his best to get acquainted with every
other one, and all delegates converse with
each other whether acquainted or not.
Several were going about introducing a
rather handsome man of 40 or thereabouts
whom they called Mr. Booth of McMinn-
ville. They would say of him: “Mr. Booth
is the son of the Sheriff who hanged
John Brown of Ossawatomie at Harper’s
Ferry.” This caused people to take more
than a common interest in Mr. Booth.
Finally Booth was introduced to a man
of excellent appearance, whose name was
Salmon Brown. After the introduction
Mr. Booth and Mr. Brown chatted very
pleasantly for a minute or two.
“Mr.Booth,” said Mr. Brown, “was it
your father who hanged John Brown at
“Yes,” said Mr. Booth. “He was Sheriff
at the time and it was his duty to
officiate at the execution. No relative
of yours, I hope?”
“Only my father.” was the quiet reply.
Mr. Booth and Mr. Brown walked to a
quiet corner in the hotel and talked over
old times for a half hour and shook hands
cordially when separating.
Wow! What an interesting little piece of history.