EDWARD JOSEPH BROOK
From 'Fanning the Embers', published 1971, Range Rider Reps, Miles City, Montana
By Edward Brook
Edward Joseph Brook was born in Aberdeen, S. D., May 6, 1901. His family moved from Green Bay, Wis., to Miles City in 1908. His father, Charles E. Brook, was travelling engineer and later division master mechanic for the Chicago Milwaukee St. Paul and Pacific Railroad. The family home until the father's transfer in 1922 to Bellingham, Wash., was 17 North Custer, Miles City. Edward attended Lincoln and Washington schools and graduated as valedictorian of the class of 1919 Custer County High School. His brother, Charles C., was a 1910 graduate of this school and a sister, Ethel Alameda, finished her sophomore year prior to the familys' move to the west coast. Edward graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in 1923 with honors with the degree Engineer of Mines. In 1951 he received a medal for Industrial Achievement from his Alma Mater, the equivalent of an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree. He is a past president of the Colorado School of Mines Alumni Association. From 1925 until 1942 he was employed as a Civil Engineer by the County of Los Angeles. He served four years, 1942 to 1946, in the Navy during World War II. He was awarded the Navy Commendation medal for service in the Normandy Landings, and served later in the Pacific Theatre of Operations in the Phillipines and Netherlands East Indies. Returning from the war, he began a 15-year career with the Franco Wyoming Oil Company, serving as president and general manager of its largest subsidiary McElroy Ranch Company, a cattle and oil operation. Edward retired in 1965 and with his son, Edward William, founded the Brook Stock Farm, a cattle ranching operation near Paris, Tex. In 1927 Edward and Eva Jane Anderson were married. They have two children, Edward W. Brook who married Nancy Ann Douglass and lives at Roxton, Tex., and Charlene Jane who married Dan Wagner and lives in Houston, Tex. The Brooks have five grandchildren. Edward is listed in the following publications: Who's Who in Commerce and Industry; Who's Who in the Southwest; The National Cyclopedia of American Biography and Poor's Register of Directors and Executives. He is a retired member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and The American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers.