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McKerrow Family History

Compiled and transcribed by Michael R. Reilly

Last Revised 06/14/2011

Descendants of Gavin McKerrow

Generation No. 1


1. GAVIN1 MCKERROW was born Abt. 1825, and died 10 Dec 1852 in Town of Lisbon, Waukesha, Wisconsin (Source: Lisbon Central Cemetery headstone inscription.). He married ELIZABETH HOWITT Abt. 1850 in New York, daughter of ANDREW HOWITT and AGNES MCKERROW. She was born 1826 in Ayshire, Scotland, and died 05 Jul 1904 in Age 78 (Source: Lisbon Central Cemetery headstone inscription.).


Burial: Lisbon Central Cemetery

Emigration: 1851, Bought 80 acres at present intersection of Lisbon and Lynndale Rds.


Mrs. Elizabeth Simpson, aged 78 years, widow of the late William Simpson, died early Tuesday morning at the home of her son, George McKerrow, of the town of Lisbon. Mrs. Simpson was twice married. Mr. McKerrow is her only child. Deceased had resided in the county over fifty years. She was the sister of John Howitt of this city (Milwaukee) and Matthew Howitt of Pewaukee. Waukesha Freeman, July 7, 1904. [Editor's Note: Obit was orig. pub'd in the July 5, 1904 Milwaukee Journal. John Howitt did live in 1900 Pewaukee but seems to have moved to Milwaukee soon after.]


Burial: Lisbon Central Cemetery


Marriage: Abt. 1850, New York


2. i. GEORGE2 MCKERROW, SR., b. 01 Apr 1852, Town of Lisbon, Waukesha, Wisconsin; d. 12 Feb 1946, Town of Lisbon, Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Generation No. 2


2. GEORGE2 MCKERROW, SR. (GAVIN1) was born 01 Apr 1852 in Town of Lisbon, Waukesha, Wisconsin, and died 12 Feb 1946 in Town of Lisbon, Waukesha, Wisconsin. He married ISABEL (ISABELLA) "BELLE" RODGERS (Source: This Old House by Linda Schafer, Landmark, Spring and Summer issue, 1985, Known as Isabella in 1870 Fed Census.) 26 Sep 1877 in Archibald A. Rodgers home, Lisbon, Waukesha, Wisconsin, daughter of ARCHIBALD RODGERS and AUGUSTA HOWITT. She was born 14 Jul 1858 in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, and died Dec 1932.


1860 Census lists him as George Simpson, age 8, born in Wisconsin.

After marrying Isabel Rodgers in 1877, he and Isabel lived in her father's house at least until 1880. The 1880 Census lists them and their daughter as living on Archibald's farm. George's step father, William Simpson didn't die until 1891. Archibald also died in 1891. Since the Rodgers farm was supposed to be sold to Alexander Wills in 1889, George may have taken over operation of the Simpson/McKerrow homestead between 1880 and 1889. Archibald may have moved with them there (?).

George McKerrow is building a neat little cottage for his mother, Mrs. William Simpson, near his own residence. Waukesha Free Press, August 11, 1892.

Waukesha County Guernsey Breeders' association, elected secretary, WF 2/4/1932

Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes Bulletin 37 1924

Born in Lisbon in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, he was educated at Carroll College in Waukesha, and taught in common and village schools in the Town of Lisbon for ten years. On September 26, 1877, he married Belle Rodgers and had at least two children.

In 1893-94, he was one of the Conductors, i.e., he presided over and conducted Institute meetings, for the Farmers' Institutes. After the untimely death of Superintendent William H. Morrison, in December 1893, McKerrow was appointed as Superintendent of the Farmers' Institutes on June 20, 1894, at an annual salary of $2,000, and served until his resignation of May 31, 1914. From May 20 to July 15, 1911, he was on a leave of absence to visit livestock shows in Great Britain.

According to Ernest L. Luther, the last Superintendent, McKerrow thought more of his Oxford sheep and Guernseys than public office and did not want to leave his farm, sheep, and herd, but "fell to the cajoleries of Dean Henry and the agricultural committee of the regents, who permitted him to live on his farm and have time off during the growing season for a trial period of one year. Dean Henry added to his own many duties the work of completing Morrison's ninth year, and McKerrow took over not for one year but for twenty years."

During the McKerrow period, "the battle of silos, better breeding, better feeding, and spreading the new truths of the experiment station went forward on the basis of some 130 institutes and the 'Round-up' institute each year, including regular women's institutes where facilities permitted."

With the closing of the 'Round-up' institute of 1914, McKerrow returned to his farm in Waukesha County. During his twenty years as Superintendent, the Wisconsin Legislature had increased the appropriation from $5,000 a year to $20,000.

In addition to his University responsibilities and his farm, he was actively involved in many associations, serving as president of the American Oxford Down Sheep Breeders' Association and of the American Association of Farmers' Institute

Managers (1897), as well as vice president of the National Horse Breeders' Association, of the Wisconsin State Board of Agriculture, the Farmers' National Congress, and the Wisconsin Good Roads League. He also served as director of the

American South Down Breeders' Association.

McKerrow contributed articles to several agricultural journals including: American Sheep Breeder and Wool Grower, Breeders' Gazette, Farmers' Advocate, National Stockman and Farmer, Wisconsin Farmer and the Wisconsin

Farmers' Institute Bulletin.


"George McKerrow, Superintendent of Agricultural Institutes" in The University of Wisconsin, Its History and Its Alumni, With Historical and Descriptive Sketches of Madison, ed. by Reuben Gold Thwaites. Madison (Wis.): J. N. Purcell. 1899 : 329.

Luther, Ernest L.

"Farmers' Institutes in Wisconsin, 1885-1933." Wisconsin Magazine of History 30, no. 1 (September 1946): 59-68 


Excerpts from "George McKerrow left his mark", Sussex Sun Retrospect by Fred H. Keller, Wednesday, February 1, 2006, page 13.

From an interview with George's granddaughter, Isabell McKerrow (Mrs. Warren Brown): Some research confirmed that George attended Richmond School and graduated from Waukesha High School and Carrol College.

After college he taught at a variety of Lisbon one- and two-room schools in the 1870's and '80's. Back then a term was one third of the school year - 16 terms was 5 1/3 years. Teachers like George would schedule their teaching duties around their farming activities.

Besides teaching at Richmond School, he taught five terms at Sussex Main Street School and around 1886 taught at Sixteen School located at today's Good Hope and Hillside Rds. The school closed in 1946 and is now a private home.

George was born April 1, 1852, at the McKerrow claim on Lisbon-Lyndale Road. His pioneer father, Gavin, died seven months later.

His mother, Elizabeth, married six weeks later. Step-father William Simpson reared young George with care and affection, and made sure he received a good education and learned how the farm world worked.

George was a teacher, orator, farmer, world-renowned stock-breeder and showman, and became one of the foremost farmers in Lisbon and the county , where he lived out his 93 years of life. He was elected Lisbon Town clerk at age 21.

The story of his many accomplishments has been told, but there are a few sidelights to this great Lisbon man.

George was an extremely strong man, as told by story in the Waukesha Democrat from April 1886.

It seems that the then 34-year-old McKerrow was a member of the Prohibitionist Party - not one of the two main parties, the Democrats or the Republicans.

The town of Lisbon held its annual town meeting in 1886, and George was there, along with a neighbor, Jack Edwards.

The newspaper clipping describes "a new and manly way of making political converts. It is said of Jack Edwards, a prominent Republican of the Town of Lisbon, just previous to the Town of Lisbon meeting met on the road, George McKerrow, who is a leading prohibitionist of that town and thereupon a lively political discussion was had. They finally agreed to wrestle, best 2 of 3, the one losing to be of the politics of the winner. At it they went, and both being strong, able-bodied men, the contest was a warm one, and twice did Jack go to grass. Now there is a Prohibition Jack in Lisbon."

McKerrow was a noted lecturer, and at the dedication of the new Waukesha County Courthouse on March 29, 1894, at age 41, he found himself the featured speaker at the occasion. (Today, 111 years later, this building is still standing at East and Main Streets in Waukesha, but now as the home of the Waukesha County Historical Society.) The speech praised Waukesha County and its farming base.

The next day, however, the newspaper quoted him as saying about one-quarter of the way into his oration: "It is said that Waukesha County is blessed with pure water and long-winded orators."

McKerrow was also the principle speaker in August 1901 at a widely attended Town of Lisbon picnic at the Elmer Weaver farm woods (today, Stoney Halquist Park). A highlight of this event was the very first automobile seen in Lisbon.

Geo. McKerrow, Famed Raiser of Livestock, Dead

George McKerrow, 93, who spent his entire life on a farm in the town of Lisbon but whose fame as a livestock authority had spread to every state in the union and to Great Britain, died Friday night at his home. He had been ill for the past two weeks, and in serious condition for the last four days.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock PM the Lisbon United Presbyterian church with the Rev. J. Curtis Russell officiating. Interment will be in Lisbon Central cemetery. Friends may call at the family residence Monday afternoon and evening. The Randle funeral home of Waukesha will be in charge.

It was Mr. McKerrow's expressed desire that no flowers be sent but that money for flowers be given to some charitable or religious organization.

Once Taught School

Mr. McKerrow was born in the town of Lisbon April 1, 1852, only son of Gavin and Elizabeth (Howitt) McKerrow, both of whom were natives of Scotland. He attended public schools and Carroll college, then taught for 16 terms. But from the age of 16, he took an active interest in the raising of thoroughbred stock and it was in this field that he gained international fame.

Early taking an interest in blooded horses, he brought the first Percheron horse to Waukesha county in 1872, LeGrande Monarch III of France. After 20 years as a raiser of horses, he imported sheep and during his life, had raised Merino, Cotswold, Leicestershire, Oxford and Southdowns, being the first Waukesha county farmer to specialize in the raising of registered sheep. From his flocks, sheep were shipped to other raisers throughout the United States and Canada.

He early began to exhibit stock at county and state fairs and international livestock expositions and had won prizes, ribbons and awards into the thousands, holding more honors for prize sheep than any other farmer in America. At the Columbia exposition in Chicago in 1893, for example, he brought away three-fourths of all the prizes offered for sheep.

Published Bulletin

For 25 years he was a lecturer for the Wisconsin Farmers' Institute and for 23 years was its superintendent, publishing the annual Farmers' Institute Bulletin for the state university. He contributed many articles to farm publications, and the McKerrow family was the subject of a recent complimentary article in Prairie Farmer. He had been president of the Wisconsin State Fair, the Wisconsin state board of agriculture for thirteen years, president of the American Oxford-Down association, president of the Wisconsin Livestock Breeders' association, president of the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders association, president of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau association, and lecturer for the Farm Bureau in nearly every state. He also made 12 trips to Great Britain and the Channel Islands in the interest of livestock improvement programs, and had served as stock judge at hundreds of shows in America.

Officer of Society

He was also an early officer in the Waukesha County Agricultural society, secretary of the Wisconsin Swine Breeding association, a member of the exhibition committee of the National Livestock association at Chicago, and a director of other farm organizations. At the time of his death, he was president of the Wisconsin Mutual Tornado Insurance co., an office he had held for 20 years.

When Waukesha county court house was dedicated in 1894, he was selected to represent the farmers of the county, and spoke on "The Famer - the Bone, Muscle and Sinew of all Material Prosperity." Numerous other honors came his way during his lifetime; about 15 years ago he was honored by the University of Wisconsin, and his portrait hangs in the college of agriculture as a tribute to his national prominence in promoting agriculture. His portrait also was hung in the Saddle and Sirloin club of the International livestock exposition at Chicago by the National Livestock Breeders' Association.

A man of high morals and deeply religious, he always had taken an interest in the Presbyterian church and its college, Carroll. His death ended 65 years' service as an elder of the United Presbyterian church at Lisbon which he also served for many years during his life as secretary of the church board, Sunday school teacher and superintendent.

His wife and three of their children preceded Mr. McKerrow in death. One son, Gavin W. McKerrow and five grandchildren survive.

Waukesha Freeman, February 13, 1946

McKerrow Will Filed Here; Son Gets Farm

Personal property and real estate valued at over $30,000 was listed in the late George McKerrow's will, which was filed for probate Monday in the Waukesha county court. McKerrow, town of Lisbon farmer, died Feb. 8.

Named as principal heir was McKerrow's son, Gavin, who will receive the 240-acre farm in Lisbon. Gavin's wife, Carolyn H. McKerrow, was bequeathed $1,000. Five hundred dollars will go to the Lisbon Presbyterian church and $300 to the Lisbon Cemetery association. The rest of the estate will be divided equally among five grandchildren.

Real estate owned by the late Mr. McKerrow was estimated at $20,000 and personal property was valued at more than $10,000. Waukesha Freeman, February 20, 1946


Burial: Feb 1946, Lisbon Central Cemetery

Religion: Lisbon Presbyterian Church


A Couple Made Happy

A happy event occurred at the home of Mr. a. Rodgers, of Lisbon, on the evening of the 26th ult., the occasion being the marriage of Mr. Geo. McKerrow and Miss Belle Rodgers, both of Lisbon.

At an early hour the numerous guests, who were invited to the interesting scene, were there awaiting the appointed time to witness the ceremony, which was performed by the Rev. Greenway, of Lisbon. Both Mr. McKerrow and Miss Rodgers acted their parts in the interesting scene with true dignity, ease and grace. They made a fine appearance both in their manners and dress. In due time the guests were invited to partake of the delicious yiands with which the tables were laden.

The company, after spending the evening most pleasantly, retired to their homes, leaving, as an appreciation of the happy couple, many valuable gifts amounting to over one hundred and sixty dollars. Among the donors were Mr. And Mrs. Simpson, Mr. A. Rodgers, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Cook, Mr. and Mrs. M. Howitt, Mr. and Mrs. James Templeton, Mr. and Mrs. Craven, Mr. R. Rodgers, Mrs. Small, Mrs. Moyes, Mr. and Mrs. Turner, Mr. J. Howitt, Miss R. Craven, Miss Jennie Rodgers, Miss Jane Weaver, Miss Jennie Weaver and Master Templeton. The following is also given to the two in one:

Young friends, a wreath for thee

Of sweet and gentle flowers;

For wedded love was pure and free

In Eden's happy bowers.

Young friends, a song for thee,

A song of joyous measure; For thy cup of hope shall be

Fill'd with honied pleasure.

Young friends, a prayer for thee,

That all your hopes possessing,

Your soul may praise your God, and he

may crown thee with His blessings.

Waukesha Freeman, October 4, 1877 [yiands - a supply or stock of food]

On Thursday evening at 6:30, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George McKerrow occurred the marriage of August Kamke and Mrs. Helen Wood. The ceremony was performed by Rev. C. G. Mann. Will Sedgwick acted as groomsman and Mrs. Sedgwick acted as matron of honor. Isabelle and Will McKerrow, children of Mr. and Mrs. Gavin McKerrow served as ring bearers and Helen McKerrow as flower girl. The bride wore a solid silver bracelet made from solid silver spoons used during the Civil war times by her grandmother, who was a descendant of Gen. Sackett of the Revolutionary War. About thirty guests were present. Mr. Kamke has been herdsman on the McKerrow farm for eleven years, and Mrs. Kamke has served as housekeeper for several years. They will continue to reside on the McKerrow farm. Waukesha Freeman, November 10, 1932.

Mrs. George McKerrow is confined to her bed by a severe cold. Waukesha Freeman, November 24, 1932. Editor's Note: by Dec 15, 1932, her probate notices appeared in the Waukesha Freeman, but no death notices could be found; nor is there any mention of her passing, even in casual comment, in the Sussex news column.


Marriage: 26 Sep 1877, Archibald A. Rodgers home, Lisbon, Waukesha, Wisconsin


i. JENNIE BELLE3 MCKERROW, b. 09 Jul 1878, Town of Lisbon, Waukesha, Wisconsin; d. 31 Jan 1898, Town of Lisbon, Waukesha, Wisconsin.


Jennie Belle McKerrow, eldest child and only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George McKerrow of Sussex, died at their home on Monday, after an illness of two weeks, peritonitis. Deceased had resided all her life in this county, and was among the graduates from Carroll College in 1896. She had a wide acquaintance in the county, and many friends who sorrow with the grief-stricken family. She was bright, pretty, and attractive, and was very talented. The funeral occurred at the United Presbyterian church in Lisbon on Wednesday and was very largely attended. Waukesha Free Press, February 5, 1898

For several days Jennie Belle had been suffering from peritonitis, but was thought to be in no great danger. On Sunday, January 30, she began to grow rapidly worse, and a Milwaukee physician was sent for, who pronounced her condition extremely critical. All the medical skill could do was done, but to no avail, and early Monday morning the end came. Despite blocked roads the tidings of her death spread rapidly, creating profound sympathy for the bereaved parents, and creating a deep gloom over the entire community. Waukesha Dispatch, date unknown.

[Editor's Note: Peritonitis is an inflammation of the peritoneum, the thin membrane that lines the abdominal wall and covers most of the organs of the body. There are two major types of peritonitis. Primary peritonitis is caused by the spread of an infection from the blood and lymph nodes to the peritoneum. This type of peritonitis is rare less than 1% of all cases of peritonitis are primary. The more common type of peritonitis, called secondary peritonitis, is caused by the entry of bacteria or enzymes into the peritoneum from the gastrointestinal or biliary tract. Both cases of peritonitis are very serious and can be life-threatening if not treated properly. The cause of primary peritonitis is infection in the blood. It occurs most commonly in individuals with liver disease. Fluid accumulates in the abdomen, creating a prime environment for the growth of infectious microorganisms. Secondary peritonitis is caused by the spillage of bacteria, enzymes, or bile into the peritoneum from a hole or tear in the gastrointestinal or biliary tracts. Such tears can occur as a result of an infected organ, such as a ruptured appendix, or as a complication from surgery. ]

ii. GEORGE RODGERS MCKERROW, b. 30 Sep 1880, Town of Lisbon, Waukesha, Wisconsin; d. 23 Jan 1899, Brookfield Junction, Waukesha, Wisconsin.


Killed By The Train

Horrible Accident at Brookfield Junction Monday

Death of a Lisbon Boy

George McKerrow's Son Fell Under the Trucks and Met Instantaneous Death

George R. McKerrow of Lisbon, Obit. Waukesha Freeman, January 26, page 1, column 1. [Note: Unreadable]


George McKerrow, Jr. was on his way to his studies at Carroll College, Waukesha, Monday morning and had come down from his father's home in the Town of Lisbon intending to take the freight train as was his custom. As the freight train was about to take the siding to allow the Milwaukee train to pass, McKerrow tried to swing on the front end of the caboose, when he slipped and fell under the car, which passed over his body, cutting it almost in two.

McKerrow was a bright, young student of 19 years. His father is widely known throughout the state, being a raiser of fancy sheep and superintendent of the farmers' institutes. A year ago Mr. McKerrow suffered the loss of an only daughter (age 19). The funeral services took place Wednesday morning in Sussex. The pallbearers were selected from among fellow students at Carroll College, and his intimate associates in Sussex. Waukesha Free Press, Jan. 28, 1899

Added notes from the:

An unfortunate accident occurred at Brookfield Junction which cost George McKerrow, Jr. his life. the young man attempted to board a moving freight train with some other companions, all of whom attended Carroll College. The regular custom of the boys seemed to be to take a train at Pewaukee, ride as far as Brookfield, and at that station catch a freight train for Waukesha, as they could reach here much sooner than waiting for a passenger train. The other boys took the back of the caboose while young McKerrow attempted to get on the head of the car. His foot slipped on the icy step, he was thrown beneath the moving train, and instantly crushed to death. A corner's jury was empaneled by Justice Brown, and a verdict rendered in accordance with the testimony.

The young man had started Carroll College two weeks ago for the winter term. He, however, was a student some time ago, but relinquished his studies at the time of his sister's death. "McKerrow family...tidbits of history...1886-1904, by Fred H. Keller, Sussex Sun, August 16, 1994.


Occupation: Started Golden Guernsey Cooperative

iii. WILLIAM ARCHIBALD MCKERROW, b. 1883, Town of Lisbon, Waukesha, Wisconsin; d. 05 Jan 1922, Hospital, St. Paul, Minnesota.


W. A. McKerrow, son of Mr. and Mrs. George McKerrow, Pewaukee, died at a hospital in St. Paul on Thursday, Jan. 5, after a brief illness from diabetis.

Mr. McKerrow was widely known in the northeast as an expert on agriculture. Until recently he had been employed by the University of Minnesota extension department as an expert on cattle but had been on leave of absence from the university to organize the Central Cooperative commission association at South St. Paul.

The deceased was born in Pewaukee in 1883, and received his early education in the Sussex graded schools. He later entered Carroll college which institution he left to take up the agricultural course at the University of Wisconsin.

He is survived by his father and mother and one brother, Gavin, who went to St. Paul to take charge of the remains.

Both Mr. McKerrow's father and brother are interested in agriculture, the former being president of the state federation of farm bureaus and the latter president of the county organization.

The remains of the deceased arrived Saturday.

The funeral services were held on Monday afternoon at the home of the deceased's father at Pewaukee at 2 o'clock and at 2:45 from the church. Rev. J. Elton Heater officiated. Interment was in the United Presbyterian cemetery, town of Summit.

Mr. McKerrow became well known throughout the states of Wisconsin and Minnesota as well as Canada for his work along agricultural lines. Until recently he was employed by the extension department of the University of Minnesota, but was at the time of his death organizing the Central Cooperative commission association at South St. Paul. Waukesha Freeman, January 12, 1922, page 12.


Warm Tribute to Waukesha Co. Man

That the late W. A. McKerrow, son of Mr. and Mrs. George McKerrow of this county, was greatly beloved and appreciated in his adopted state of Minnesota, is proven by the notices of his death which appeared in the St. Paul newspapers.

The Dispatch of that city paid the following tribute in its editorial columns, to one whose place it declares cannot be -filled. The editorial, entitled "A Good Citizen Passes" is as follows:

"Minnesota can ill afford at this time to lose an agricultural leader such as Mr. W. A. McKerrow had proved himself to be through years of devoted service to the farmers of the state. More valuable than ever before perhaps his thorough grasp of farm problems and his recognized organizing genius and able leadership would have been in the years immediately ahead when agriculture must pass through a critical period of readjustment and to a certain extent rebuilding.

"Mr. McKerrow, though not a native of Minnesota, had given the best years of his life to this state. For nearly ten years at University farm he played a major part in those great movements which have done so much to lift agriculture to a higher plane and his untiring efforts may have brought about his demise at an age when his friends and admirers throughout the state had reason to believe he was merely on the threshold of a career of greater usefulness to agriculture.

"Mr. McKerrow's place cannot be easily filled, but his achievements and success will be a source of inspiration to thousands of younger men who have benefited by his advice and leadership and who will become the agricultural captains of the future."

The St. Paul Dispatch gave a long first-page notice of his death which included the paragraph:

"Identified with every forward movement in agriculture, in Minnesota, in the past ten years, Mr. McKerrow probably was known personally to more farmers in the state than any single man. For nine years he was connected with extension department of the University of Minnesota, obtaining a leave of absence only six months ago to organize the Central Co-operative commission association at South St. Paul. He had been manager of that firm up to his death." Waukesha Freeman, January 12, 1922

3. iv. GAVIN WALTER MCKERROW, b. 08 Sep 1893, Town of Lisbon, Waukesha, Wisconsin; d. Jan 1978.


Generation No. 3


3. GAVIN WALTER3 MCKERROW (GEORGE2, GAVIN1) was born 08 Sep 1893 in Town of Lisbon, Waukesha, Wisconsin, and died Jan 1978. He married CAROLYN H. SOMMERS 15 Jan 1921. She was born 18 Dec 1899, and died Jun 1977.


Marriage: 15 Jan 1921


4. i. ISABELLE4 MCKERROW, b. 01 Mar 1922, Town of Lisbon, Waukesha, Wisconsin.

ii. WILLIAM F. MCKERROW, b. 15 Aug 1923; d. 22 Jul 1994; m. (1) ? RUNGE, 18 Nov 1978, Waukesha; b. 1939; m. (2) SANDRA JEAN FORSLUND, 02 Jun 1985, Waukesha; b. 20 Jul 1944; d. 17 Jun 2002.


Marriage: 18 Nov 1978, Waukesha


Marriage: 02 Jun 1985, Waukesha




Generation No. 4


4. ISABELLE4 MCKERROW (GAVIN WALTER3, GEORGE2, GAVIN1) was born 01 Mar 1922 in Town of Lisbon, Waukesha, Wisconsin. She married WARREN G. BROWN 15 Feb 1941 in Little Brown church at Nashua, Iowa, son of WALTER BROWN and GRACE ?. He was born 07 Nov 1917 in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, and died 13 Aug 2005.


The Girls' circle of the U. P. church enjoyed a fine meeting at the home of Mrs. Millen on Saturday afternoon. Mrs. Williard Melville presented the lesson on china, in the absence of the leader, Mrs. Ewald Meider, who was ill. Mrs. Cirswell has invited the circle to a miscellaneous shower at her home in Waukesha on Saturday afternoon, in honor of Mrs. Warren Brown, the former Isabell McKerrow. Miss McKerrow, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gavin McKerrow, Pewaukee, was married to Warren Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Brown of Hartland, on Saturday, Feb. 15, in the Little Brown church at Nashua, IA. The marriage came as a surprise to their relatives and friends. Waukesha Freeman, March 5, 1941 Note: Little Brown Church 2730 Cheyenne Ave.,

Nashua, IA, 50658 The historic Little Brown Church in the Vale is located two miles outside of town and was organized on November 4, 1855 and built and dedicated by December 29, 1864. {Further checking found no record of their marriage at this church from the current pastor.]

Hartland - Warren G. Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter W. Brown of this village and Isabell McKerrow, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gavin McKerrow of Lisbon Road were married in Farley, Iowa, Feb. 15, by the Rev. Paul Goetschues. Waukesha Freeman, March 5, 1941 Editor Note: Nashua and Farley, Iowa are far apart

After marriage, living with his family until mid-April 1941 when they moved into an apartment in the Merchants building in Hartland. Waukesha Freeman, April 16, 1941

Mrs. Warren Brown, the former Isabelle McKerrow, was kicked in the face by a cow at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gavin McKerrow. She suffered a broken nose and lacerations on her face. She was taken to St. Joseph's hospital , Milwaukee, for emergency surgery. Waukesha Freeman,

February 25, 1942

Hartland - Seaman Second Class Warren Brown. Waukesha Freeman, October 6, 1943

Warren G. Brown F C, has been transferred to the navy training station at Norfolf, Va., from Navy Pier, Chicago. Waukesha Freeman, November 24, 1943

Warren Brown, who has been on destroyer escort, is enjoying a leave with his wife and his parents. Waukesha Freeman, June 21, 1944

McKerrow Daughter Pushes PA's Product

The USS Richland, an auxiliary cargo ship, will be christened with milk instead of champagne at the Leathem D. Smith shipyards at Sturgeon Bay Aug. 5.

Mrs. Warren G. Brown, the former Isabell McKerrow, daughter of Gavin McKerrow, Pewaukee, head of a large Milwaukee diary cooperative, will christen the third of 20 freighters the yard is constructing for the U. S. Maritime commission.

A former dairy queen and milking contest winner, Mrs. Brown is the wife of Machinist's Mate Warren G. Brown, serving with the navy. Waukesha Freeman, August 2, 1944.

War Changed Family Life

The war has brought changes, of course. Isabel's husband, Warren Brown, was in the service for long months, and her record shows the true caliber of a McKerrow.

She had the little coupe, so she took an important war job in Waukesha. She got up at five o'clock every morning, helped do chores before breakfast, worked at her job until five in the evening, came home, donned overalls again, and helped do the evening chores.

This very day, as I write this, Isabel and Warren are again united in the little home in Hartland village near the farm. Waukesha Freeman, October 31, 1945

Hartland - Warren G. Brown was installed as commander of William Flanagan Post No. 294 of the American Legion. Waukesha Freeman, September 14, 1946

Warren G. Brown, Lisbon Ave., Hartland, of the W. W. Brown Nursery Co., of Hartland is in charge of the home landscaping night school class (The Wales Civic club sponsored an adult school at the Wales school building in Nov and Dec. 1946. Waukesha Freeman, November 7, 1946

Warren Brown enters Suffolks sheep at county fair. Waukesha Freeman, August 21, 1952


Political: Bet. 1964 - 1984, Hartland Arrowhead School District Board


Marriage: 15 Feb 1941, Little Brown church at Nashua, Iowa {Further checking found no record of their marriage at this church]


Special memorial service planned for former Lisbon farmer

A memorial will be held on July 9 for Lisbon farmer George McKerrow who died on Jan. 21 at age 85. His ashes will be spread along with a service at 10 a.m. at Lisbon Presbyterian Church on Hillside Road.

McKerrow was a prominent member of a leading Lisbon farming family in area from 1850 to 1978. Today, their land, near square mile in size, is being subdivided into the Scottish Highlands south of Lisbon Road. The land also includes a proposed county park off Lyndale Road.

The McKerrow farm was state-, nation- and world-renowned for its breeding stock of sheep and Guernsey cattle. Young George picked up the family mantle and was designated to carry the farm into the 21st century.

He attended Richmond School and then graduated from Pewaukee High School. He served in World War II as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corp. In 1946, he graduated from University of Wisconsin magna cum laude in dairy science.

Meanwhile, his father Gavin McKerrow had started the Golden Guernsey Cooperative during the depths of the Depression in 1929 and George became involved in the Waukesha-based dairy cooperative. (An aside to this is his father was slated in 1948 to become the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture if Tome Dewey was elected president over Harry Truman.)

In the late-1950s, George decided to strike out on his own going to Cleveland, Ohio, to be a top executive of DairyPak Inc. In 1981, he co-founded LongHorn Steaks with his son, George Jr. By 1984 he was in Atlanta, Ga., and had put in 20 years with LongHorn Steaks. This grew from one restaurant to 195 under the name of Capitol Grill and Bugaboo Grill.

In September of 2000, the now 75-year-old George McKerrow donated $1,000,000 to the University of Wisconsin to create the George W. McKerrow Dean's Program of Excellence at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

McKerrow died in Atlanta. He was the son of Gavin McKerrow and Carolyn (Summers). His mother was brought up on a farm on Plainview and Woodside Road. He had a brother, William who is deceased and three sisters, Isabel, Helen and Florence along with 12 grandchildren.

After the Lisbon Presbyterian service on July 9, George's ashes will be conveyed to the future McKerrow section of a Waukesha County park land where a special commemorative stone is in place to mark where the original 1850 McKerrow pioneer home was situated. The stone's inscription reads, "(Pioneer) Gavin McKerrow & Elizabeth Howit settled here in 1850. The land was farmed by 5 generations of McKerrows - Year 2000." All are invited to the July 9 memorial service.



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