|Alice is photographed before a portrait at 11 years old.|
The intersection of 12th and Mission streets is one of the busiest in Salem. But tucked away in the southwest corner, almost out of sight behind a small park and quiet landscaped lawns, is a beautiful 1894 Queen Anne residence that plays host everyone in Salem. The person most responsible for its preservation is Alice Brown Powell who lived there from 1925 to 1968.
Alice Bretherton was born in Lawrence, Kansas in 1882 although she grew up in Portland, Oregon. In 1908 she married Clifford Brown whose family was prominent in Salem. His grandparents were Werner and Isabel Watt Breyman. His mother, Elva Breyman, married William Brown.
Clifford was a dealer in hops with a business on Front Street. They did not move into this Mission Street house until 1925 when they were the parents of two sons, Chandler and Werner. Two years later, tragedy struck the family. 42-year-old Clifford drowned in Alaskan waters while on an eight-member hunting and fishing expedition. Four days of searching the remote Gardner Canal did not recover his body. Alice returned to Salem as a widow.
This photograph was taken with a friend (at the right) in the gazebo, for many years a popular places for weddings.