Brown Colonial Mortuary
About This Business
Brown Colonial Mortuary got its start under the direction of Harold R. Brown, who had, at the time, just recently returned to Santa Ana after a tour in Europe during World War I and subsequently working in the funeral industry in San Francisco. Along side of Samuel Harrel, the two formed the firm of Harrell & Brown on the southeast corner of 17th and Sycamore streets; converting a residence to realize their vision. It was in the mid 1930’s, Mr. Harrell sold his interest in the business to a Mr. Emil Wagner. Soon the partners realized that Santa Ana was in need of a truly modern facility and the “new” Brown & Wagner Colonial Mortuary was opened in September, 1937, only feet from the original being just across the street from where the old home was located.