C.J. Brown, Sr., for whom the lake was named, was born in Clinton County, Ohio, on July 14, 1895. In 1916, he became State Statistician of Ohio and was publisher of several county newspapers as President of Brown Publishing Company. He served as Ohio Lieutenant Governor from 1919-1923; Secretary of State of Ohio, 1927-1933; and was Republican nominee for Governor in 1934. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from Jan. 3, 1939, until his death in August 1965. Tribute came from his Democratic and Republican colleagues following his death when a bipartisan resolution was passed in the House of Representatives naming the reservoir in his memory.
C.J. Brown offers a glimpse of the area’s past. The Crabill Homestead, built around 1830, was acquired by the Corps during the acquisition of the land for the construction of the reservoir.