James Keyte (circa late 1700-1844)
James Keyte came to St. Louis from England in 1818. He was appointed pastor of the Boonslick Circuit in 1821, which included Chariton County, and settled in the town of Chariton shortly thereafter. In 1830, he purchased the land upon which the town of Keytesville is located and was their first postmaster.
Leaving the post office in charge of his sister in 1836, Keyte established another town at the mouth of the Grand River, naming it Brunswick, for his beloved hometown, Brunswick, England. He built the first house in Brunswick, a log house, which served as his residence and general merchandise store combined. In addition, he owned and operated the first saw mill and was the first postmaster, a position he held until his death in 1844.
Sol Smith Russell (1848-1902)
Sol Smith Russell was born in Brunswick on June 15th, 1848 in a small frame house on the corner of Harrison and Adams Street. Throughout his acting career, Russell starred in many theatrical productions including the hugely popular “Edgewood Folks” and “The Poor Relations.” The evenness and finish of his acting, his peculiarly quaint and gentle humor, and the truth and sensitivity for his craft won for him lasting popularity.
Wilbur C. Sweatman (1882-1961)
Wilbur C. Sweatman was born in Brunswick on February 7, 1882. Sweatman was an African American ragtime and dixieland jazz composer, band leader, and clarinetist. In the late 1890’s, Sweatman started to tour with circus bands and developed a famous act of playing three clarinets at once. In March 1917, Sweatman became the first African American musician to record under the name of jazz and thus secured his legacy as a pioneer in the jazz industry.
Rear Admiral Wayne E. Meyer (1926-2009)
Rear Admiral Wayne E. Meyer was born in Brunswick on April 21 , 1926. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy while attending Brunswick High School in May 1943. He served his country for over four decades, retiring in December 1985. He is widely recognized as the “Father of Aegis.”
The Aegis Combat System uses powerful computers and radars to track and destroy enemy targets. Aegis is the world’s most advanced naval surface ship combat system and the first fully integrated combat system built to defend against air, surface, and subsurface threats.
Rear Admiral Meyer has had the distinguished honor of having the The USS WAYNE E. MEYER (DDG 108) guided missile destroyer named after him and commissioned Oct. 10, 2008. “‘I can think of no better name for a new destroyer than Wayne E. Meyer, and no better tribute to the man who inspired and delivered Aegis to our fleet. He is a legend, a man of great vision and leadership,’ said U.S. Navy Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Mullen. ‘That the ship bearing his name will also receive the 100th Aegis system seems proof enough that his legacy — and the incredible combat system he made possible — continue to serve us well in this long war. It is just as impossible to overstate the contributions of Aegis to our nation’s defense as it is to imagine where our great Navy would be without the contributions of Adm. Meyer.'” “‘Our nation is so fortunate to have a visionary leader like Rear Adm. Meyer,’ said Fred Moosally, president of Lockheed Martin’s Maritime Systems and Sensors business.'” (Information and quotes taken from Aegis Missile Defense Fleet Tops 80 Ships, Moorestown NJ (SPX) Nov 28, 2006, SPACEWAR.COM)
Darold Duane Knowles (1941 – )
Darold Duane Knowles was born in Brunswick on December 9, 1941. Knowles was a major league baseball pitcher from 1965 to 1980 for the Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Senators, Oakland Athletics, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, Montreal Expos, and St. Louis Cardinals. Knowles was known as a workhorse relief pitcher, particularly during his years with the Oakland Athletics. Knowles continues to hold the major league record of pitching all seven games of a World Series as pitcher for the A’s when they repeated their World Champion victory against the New York Mets in the 1973 World Series.
Julie Ann Barnhill (1965 – )
Julie Anne Barnhill was born in Torrance, California on July 21, 1965, but relocated to Brunswick at a very young age with her parents. Barnhill is a popular speaker and the bestselling author of She’s Gonna Blow! Real Help for Moms Dealing With Anger, as well as several other popular books that tap into the “everyday themes of everyday people.” She has made guest appearances on Oprah, NBC’s The Other Half, CNN, and other national and regional programs.