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Brown, Ralph O., 1911-2000



  • Existence: February 1, 1911 - August 18, 2000

Biographical Information

Ralph O. Brown was born on February 1, 1911, in Rock Creek Township, Huntington County, Indiana, to William Chesley Curtis Brown and Flora Ethel Day Brown. A 1930 graduate of Rock Creek Township High School, Mr. Brown was a farmer and a lifelong resident of Rock Creek Township.

Per a biography written by Toni Mayo, "Photographer pilot, Ralph O. Brown operated Northern Indiana Aerial Photographic and Survey Service, from 1940-1970, in Huntington, Indiana. He flew the plane, photographed the image, developed the film, printed the photograph and sold each print door-to-door. He took more than 30,000 aerial photographs during his career."

Brown returned to farming following his retirement in 1968.


Indiana Obituary and Death Notice Archive. Accessed October 24, 2014.


Brown, Ralph, includes 10 photographs, 1998-2001, Box: 1, Folder: 8. Toni Mayo papers and research files for "Defining Flight", MSP 181. Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Toni Mayo papers and research files for "Defining Flight"

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSP 181
Abstract Documentation and research notes from twenty personal narratives of Huntington County, Indiana pilots and aviatrixes who flew during the early to mid-twentieth century. The research notes from oral histories were used by Toni Mayo in the compilation of her master’s thesis and book, Defining Flight.
Dates: 1911-2003; Other: Majority of material found in 1998-2001; Other: Date acquired: 05/11/2013