Genealogy and Family History of Eastern Ohio
by Ewing Summers     Published 1903

18 Sep 1858 - 1915

Dr. Brownlee is a popular physician of Struthers, and although a young practitioner, his progressive methods have brought him excellent patronage, and he no doubt has a brilliant future awaiting him. He is of Scotch descent, and his paternal grandfather died in Scotland, leaving, by his two wives, five sons and one daughter. One of these sons, James A., was born near Glasgow, February 22, 1825, and he was only six years old when his mother brought him and her other children to the United States. She had some means and bought one hundred and twelve acres of land, which is still in the possession of the family. She was a noble, Christian woman, and lived to be eighty-three years old, dying in 1867. James A. Brownlee married, in March 1854, Rebecca Gilchrist, who was born in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, in 1832, the daughter of Alexander Gilchrist. They have eight living children, having lost two in infancy, but not a death has occurred in the household for forty years.

Edwin A. Brownlee was born in Poland, September 18, 1858, went to school at home, and took a three years' course in Poland Union Seminary, after which he taught for eight years. In 1888, he took a position in the department of the Interior at Washington, and during the two years that he was there he was diligently engaged in reading medicine. He attended Georgetown University for two years and then went to Dartmouth, where he was graduated in 1892 with the degree of M. D. In 1892-93, he took a course at the Post-Graduate School in New York city, and in 1893 opened his office in Struthers, and during the past ten years he has shown himself to be a physician of unusual skill in the treatment of human ailments.

On September 16, 1896, Dr. Brownlee was married to Miss Luella Geddes, a teacher in the Struthers public schools; she is a native of Pennsylvania and the daughter of William S. and Phoebe (Cowden) Geddes. Mr. Geddes was a business man of Youngstown, but for failing health sold out and settled on a farm, where he died in 1893, at the age of sixty-two, leaving his widow and five of their nine children. Charles P. Geddes, one of the sons, is a physician in Washington, Pennsylvania; his mother and one of the daughters still reside on the old farm. Dr. Brownlee bought a pleasant home of his own about seven years ago. He is a member of the Maccabees and is a Republican, taking an active interest in public affairs, and his wife is a member of the United Presbyterian church.