|Hilton U. Brown, Jr in 1917 during his junior year at Butler University|
|Butler students preparing for World War One in 1918|
His devastated family and friends decided that a fitting memorial must be erected. Hilton U. Brown, Sr. first tried to raise money for a giant memorial to all World War One veterans in Ellenberger Park. The two-story structure was to have an auditorium, gymnasium, and game rooms. Due to the expense, the memorial was never built. Instead, the family donated a plot of land across the street from their home and planted an oak tree in memory of their "sweet son." In his memoirs, Mr. Brown described young Hilton as a sunny person, who loved life.
|A memorial never built in Ellenberger Park--1919|
|Towering oak tree commemorating the life of WWI veteran, Hilton U. Brown, Jr. in 2013|
|Brown's Corner Park is one of the smallest parks in Indianapolis. It is located on the northwest corner of East Washington Street and North Emerson Avenue.|
|Tablet and rock honoring Hilton U. Brown, Jr. He was killed in the final battle of WWI.|
Today, the tree and small area of green space are the only interesting features left from the days of the Brown family. Their manse was destroyed in the mid-twentieth century for a gas station as were homes on three other corners rendering the intersection unsightly and rather ugly by 2013. A rock and tablet with Hilton's verse is shaded by the towering oak planted by his grieving family all those many decades ago.