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Brownson, R. Guy
R. Guy Brownson.-It is frequently asserted-and experience seems to bear the truth of the statement that newspaper men, or men who have had newspaper training, invariably make good in whatever field they choose after leaving newspaper work. Active contact with newspapers seems to develop self-reliance and a versatility that serves as excellent capital in any vocation or avocation. And so the journalistic experience of R. Guy Brownson has undoubtedly been of value to him in carving out the success that his long service in the field of insurance has yielded. For twenty-two years Mr. Brownson has been associated with the Canada Life Insurance Company. His office is at 212 American State Savings Bank building at Lansing. Mr. Brownson, one of Lansing's busiest and most worthy citizens, was born in this city July 18, 1874. His parents were Chauncey E. and Anna M. (Robson) Brownson. The mother was born in Plymouth, Mich., and the father was a native of New York state. Chauncey Brownson was a carpenter, contractor and in the early days specialized in the building of stairs, a most difficult and skillful specialty. He was an adept woodworker. His handicraft is shown in the wooden handrail curves in the Capitol. His artistry brought him far more than a local reputation. Incidentally, he was one of the early firemen of the city of Lansing, a sturdy citizen and highly respected.
R. Guy Brownson attended the grammar and high schools, leaving the latter upon graduation, in 1895. During his high school days he was advertising manager of the high school paper. Upon leaving school he worked on the Republican state newspaper as circulation manager and for six years as the advertising manager, giving him various contacts and a knowledge of business practice that proved exceedingly valuable. Then he turned to life insurance, and for twenty-two years he has represented the Canada Life Insurance Company, with a splendid record. Love of country compelled Mr. Brownson to doff hat and coat during the World war, and he aided in preparatory work. Through his personal efforts 50 men were recruited for service in the naval forces of Uncle Sam. It would be superfluous to say that Mr. Brownson is an extremely busy man, yet a large portion of his great activity is given to agencies and services beyond the confines of his insurance office. First, he is a devoted Mason and belongs to all the Masonic bodies and is active in them, aiding in the construction of "That home, not made by human hands, eternal in the heavens." In 1905-06, Mr. Brownson was eminent commander of the Knights Templar of Lansing and in 1920 was elected grand commander of the state, serving one year. He is a noble of the temple of Mystic Shrine in the city of Detroit, an honorary member of the two commanderies of Knights Templar in that city, and also an honorary member of the Commandery and the Shrine temple in the city of Grand Rapids. His constructive zeal was shown also by his aiding in the formation of the Lansing Rotary club, of which he is a charter member, and no better illustration or example of the Rotary axiom, "He profits most who serves best," is to be found than in the life of Mr. Blrownson. He is a member also of the National Association of Credit Men, president of the Lansing Life Underwriters' association, and vice-president of the Dudley Paper Company. He was a director of Lansing's Chamber of Commerce in 1912-13, and in 1923 he served as president of Lansing Life Underwriters' association. Mr. Brownson was chairman of the executive committee of the memorable homecoming celebration in 1913. On July 12, 1899, Mr. Brownson was united in marriage to Henrietta R. Nesen, of Lansing. There are two children, Charlotte M. and Harold Nesen.