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Bob Goodwin
Brown Waller
Sat Mar 17, 2018 4:32pm

If the "New General Catalog of Old Books and Authors" is to be has Brown Waller as a pseudonym of Waller Brown Fraser, with birth date of 29 April 1905.

If this is correct then he was actually according to his birth certificate Walter Brown Fraser (yes Walter, not Waller), born 29 Apr. 1905 in Knoxville Tennessee to William C. and Millie Keller. His father worked at times in the weights and measures department for the City of Knoxville. William C. Fraser's brother Joseph L. Fraser worked as a Fireman for Knoxville City. So both were connected to the city government. According to his bio on the back cover of his book, he graduated from the University of Tennessee, in Knoxville, and attended the University of Michigan. The census bears this out with Waller appearing in the 1910, 1920, and 1930 censuses of Knoxville, and the 1940 census of Detroit, Michigan. According to his bio he worked , among other things as a teacher for some time, and also was in the Real Estate business. According to the 1940 census while in Detroit he also worked for Chrysler Motors. Waller never married and and later moved to Tampa Florida. In his last year or so he turned insane writing letters to different government officials claiming the sheriff's office was trying to poison people. He died in Tampa in 1973. He was buried in Knoxville.

  • Re: Longabaugh and New MexicoDaniel Buck, Sat Mar 17 12:29pm
    Thanks. Yes, the Haskell idea is interesting. Whoever Brown Waller was, he mentions in his acknowledgement having visited libraries, archives, & historical societies in more than 20 Western US... more
    • Brown Waller — Bob Goodwin, Sat Mar 17 4:32pm
      • Re: Brown WallerDaniel Buck, Sat Mar 17 6:08pm
        Bob, where oh where did you fish out the part about Fraser going bonkers in his dotage? That was some serious angling. Dan
        • re: Brown WallerBob Goodwin, Sat Mar 17 9:27pm
          The Tampa Tribune 20 Oct 1973, The Tribune also has his death notice 6 Jan 1974. Walter wrote a thesis at the University of Tennessee for his Master degree in 1930. It was titled "The Political... more
      • Re: Brown WallerDaniel Buck, Sat Mar 17 5:39pm
        Bob, Thanks. What a story. He must have spent every waking minute researching because if his acknowledgements are to be believed, he visited more than 20 libraries, historical societies, and... more
        • re: Brown WallerBob Goodwin, Sun Mar 18 9:35am
          Dan, We have to remember when Brown Waller wrote his manuscript (before 1966) internet research was non-existent and research in major libraries was more limited than what we have today. He just... more
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