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Pioneer Charles Brewster dead at age 86

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Philanthropist and successful businessman Charles Brewster died at his winter home in Hawaii. Brewster was 86.

Brewster, who died Friday, was founder of Brewster's Clothing and Footwear department store in Anchorage.

In recent years, Brewster had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Brewster, who was born in West Helena, Ark., arrived in Seward by freighter in June 1946. He first worked as an ironworker and later bought a lot and built a log cabin in Anchorage.

He opened a laundry service in the Mountain View neighborhood of the city. Later, he added a line of work shirts to sell. When that business did well, he expanded the clothing line into Brewster's.

In later years, he threw himself into philanthropy work. He supported 4-H clubs and Future Farmers of America. He bought livestock for young Alaskans to raise and then bid on the animals during auctions at the Alaska State Fair.

Source: Peninsula Clarion, January 12, 2003



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