1858-1940

December 18, 1858, Austin, Minnesota.

1940, New York City.

Riverside Cemetery, Jackson, Minnesota.

Pluma’s parents were Wilbur and Frances Kimball. In 1882, she married John Kipp Brown, a widowed banker 31 years older than her. The 1880 and 1890 Census shows them in Des Moines, Minnesota, with her occupation listed as music teacher. By 1900 they were in Jackson, Minnesota. John Brown died in 1908, and Pluma married Stanley L. Church in Adair, Iowa in 1914.

In 1918 Pluma received a fine arts degree at Columbia University in New York City. In October of 1920, she left for a one year tour of Europe to study art; her 1925 passport application in 1925 shows her living in Cleveland, Ohio, and leaving for another year’s study of art in France, Italy, Belgium and Sweden. She exhibited her art with the National Association of Women Artists in 1935, 1936 and 1937. Her publications include:

  1. Fiat
  2. Micronesia
  3. Omnipresence
  4. Plano
  5. Song of Christmas
  6. Scottsdale
  7. Song the Herald Angels Sang, The