The Valley Chronicle (St. Charles, Ill.) 24 June 1881:
The house of Samuel Brown, of the file works, narrowly escaped destruction by fire one day this week. A child dropped a lighted match in some loose shavings and for a few minutes the danger was imminent. Frank Alexander, who has been repairing the place, assisted in extinguishing the flames. --------- I am not related to nor researching this family and have no further information.