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