Charles J. "Peaceful Valley" Brown was one of Fargo's fan favorites. From Dubuque, Iowa, Brown first appeared for the Fargo team in 1896, his debut coming in a 13-3 loss to Moorhead. In that game, Brown started at catcher and immediately endeared himself to the local fans with his impressive play. In the Red River Valley League season of 1897, Brown hit .251 for the Fargo team and had a remarkably impressive .983 fielding percentage at first base, which was best on the team. The Fargo Forum and Daily Republican described him as a "gentlemanly" player, in an era when there were plenty of rough and tumble types in baseball, including a few on the Fargo club.
Fargo Forum and Daily Republican July 25, 1896 p. 1, "Moorhead Wins"