Oral History Information
Lewis Brown joined the CG Conn Company in 1941 working in the band instrument assembly department. Less than two years later he was drafted to serve the United States during World War II. When he returned to Elkhart his job was waiting for him. He soon gained experience with the building of French Horns and stayed in that position from 1946 until 1971 when Conn closed. Lewis stayed in Elkhart to work for Selmer, Bach and the Blessing’s Band Repair Shop where he once again focused on French Horns but also worked on all other types of band and orchestral instruments. When Quinlan & Fabish purchased the repair shop in 2007, Lewis stayed on as a repairman, which is where he was working when he was interviewed in 2010 when Lewis was 90 years old.