1858–1940

De­cem­ber 18, 1858, Aus­tin, Min­ne­so­ta.

1940, New York Ci­ty.

Ri­ver­side Cem­e­tery, Jack­son, Min­ne­so­ta.

Pluma was the daugh­ter of Wil­bur and Fran­ces Kim­ball, and wife of John Kipp Brown, a wi­dowed banker 31 years old­er than her (mar­ried 1882).

The 1880 and 1890 cen­sus­es show 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 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. I Obey
  3. Micronesia
  4. Omnipresence
  5. Plano
  6. Song of Christ­mas
  7. Scottsdale
  8. Song the Her­ald An­gels Sang, The