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Jack Henry Brown, Jr., Supermarket Industry Pioneer & Executive (1938-2016)

This month, WeRelate looks at the Person Page of Jack Henry Brown, Jr., born 14 June 1938 in Victorville, San Bernardino County, California, son of Deputy Sheriff Jack Henry Brown, Sr. (1890-1946) and Rose "Rosie" Delgado (1918-2011). At just age 13, Jack started his supermarket career, working as a box boy at Berk’s Market Place in San Bernardino to help out his widowed mother Rose, while attending school. In 1956, Jack graduated from San Bernardino High School, played football during his junior and senior years and sang in the school choir in his senior year. He later went on to attend San Bernardino Valley College, San Jose State University and the University of California at Los Angeles, UCLA.

As a young man, Jack Brown served his country in the Naval Reserves from 1956-1962, was called to active duty in 1959 with the Pacific Fleet of the United States Navy until his discharge in 1962. After his discharge from the military, Brown served in leadership roles with a variety of companies including Sage's Complete Markets, Marsh Supermarkets, Pantry Markets and Hinky Dinky. In 1981 he joined Stater Brothers Markets as President and CEO. Under Brown's leadership, Stater Bros. grew to 170 supermarket locations, approximately 18,000 employees and annual sales of over $4 billion, and is now the largest privately-owned supermarket chain in Southern California as well as largest private employer in both San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. This Person Page, is a good example of the type of Page that you can add to WeRelate for your ancestors. (learn more...)

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Crowdsourcing Challenge

American actress and centenarian Olivia de Havilland celebrated her 101st birthday on July 1st this year. But she is not the subject of this month's genealogy challenge - four of her movie co-stars and leading men in the movies of the 1930s are: James Cagney, from the The Irish in Us in 1935; Errol Flynn, from Captain Blood in 1935 and The Adventures of Robin Hood in 1938; Fredric March, from Anthony Adverse in 1936; and Leslie Howard, from Gone With The Wind in 1939.

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