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Brown, Dora Lee, 1880-?


Dora Lee Brown was born in 1880 and was a long-time resident of Pahrump Valley, Nevada, during the first half of the 20th century. She was a respected daughter of Philander Lee and Sally ‘Mops’ Lee. She was of Native American descent (probably Panamint) and attended the Sherman Indian School in Riverside, California. She was married to Gallant Runnells Brown (1869-1939), a well-known settler and cattle man of the Pahrump area. They lived for several years at the Yount home, at the Hidden Hills Ranch, which was later owned by Roland Wiley. The Brown Family had four sons: Gallant Jr., Bill, Steve, and Ernest. It is not known when Dora Lee Brown passed away.


"Gallant Brown Passes at Pahrump," Las Vegas Age. July 28, 1939.

Belden, L. Burr. "History in the Making: Pioneers Recall Tragic Slaying on Borax Road," The San Bernardino County Sun. November 22, 1959.

"An Interview with Steve P. Brown and Rosie B. Arnold. An Oral History conducted and edited by Robert D. McCracken." From Nye County Town History Project, Nye County, Nevada: Tonopah, 1988.