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This biography was possible through the generous consideration of Mrs. Gina M. Reasoner.  


Source:  History of Ohio, The American Historical Society, Inc., 1925 Volume IV, page 182:

JOSEPH G. BROWNLIE, proprietor and vital and progressive manager of the Ad Letter Shop in the City of Youngstown, the important metropolis and industrial center of Mahoning County, was born at Meadville, Pennsylvania, July 22, 1887, and is a son of George and Jane (Gibb) Brownlie, both natives of Scotland and both now deceased, the father having been a mechanical engineer of exceptional skill. The major part of the early education of Joseph G. Brownlie was acquired in the public schools of the city in which he now maintains his home, and at the age of fourteen years he found employment in a local foundry, in which he learned the moulder's trade. After eight years of active alliance with this line of industrial enterprise he was for a few years employed as a mechanic in an automobile factory in Elyria, this state, and it was about the year 1914 that he founded his present direct mail advertising business, which he has since successfully conducted, with his establishment designated as the Ad Letter Shop and with headquarters at 123 South Phelps Street. He is a charter member of the local Kiwanis Club, has served as secretary of the Youngstown Advertising Club, holds membership also in the Exchange Club and the Chamber of Commerce, and is affiliated with the Masonic fraternity. He is a member also of the Youngstown Automobile Club, and he and his wife hold membership in the Tabernacle United Presbyterian Church in their home city. March 19, 1917, recorded the marriage of Mr. Brownlie and Miss Gladys J. Corlett, who was born and reared at Youngstown, and whose parents, Sanford G. and Bessie (Gleason) Corlett, were born respectively at Cleveland and Canfield, this state. Mr. and Mrs. Brownlie have no children.