Biography of Otto C. Brackney
Imperial County, CA Biographies





OTTO CLOYD BRACKNEY is one of the representative business men of Brawley, and his business methods demonstrate the power of his activity and honesty in the business world. He was born July 18, 1882, at Auglaize County, Ohio, son of Louis M. and Mary A. Brackney. His father and mother were both natives of Ohio, and raised four children, all of whom reside in Ohio except the subject of this review. Otto C. acquired his education in the public schools of his home county. His father was a farmer and Otto C. assisted on the home place until he became of age. Leaving home at twenty one, he went to Cleveland and found employment as fireman on the C. & P. R. R., until he was twenty three. For two years he ran the electric light plant at Bellefontaine, Ohio, and during 1905-06 he was identified with the F, N. Johnson wholesale grocery company of Belle fontaine. He then ran on the Bellefontaine and Springfield electric line until 1907. In September of that year he landed in Spokane, Washington, where he found employment in the fruit business until 1909. Returning east, he went with the Standard Oil Company, and the following year he returned to Rosalia, Washington, where he took charge of the Niles and Brackney Fruit Packers Association. In January, 1912, Mr. Brackney came to Brawley, where he engaged in the auto truck draying business with Andy Bodine for one year. From 1913-15 he engaged in auto hauling for himself. Disposing of his large auto trucks and business, he returned east for a four months' visit. Returning to Brawley, he was associated with Taylor-Hart Hardware Company for a year, when on December 5, 1916, he engaged in the automobile tire and accessory business and took over the Buick agency. On August 1, 1917, Mr. F. F. Palmerlee purchased one half interest in the Buick and G. M. C. Truck agency. On January 1, 1918, the firm took over all the territory in Imperial Valley for the Buick and G. M. C. trucks. Mr. Brackney was united in marriage June 5, 1910, to Emma Mae Glunk, a native of Washington, and daughter of John B. and Emma Mae Glunk ; her father was one of the pioneers of Whitman County and has been a resident of that section for thirty five years. He has large land holdings and is connected with stock raising. To Mr. and Mrs. Brackney have been born one son, Otto Cloyd, Jr., born September 22, 1916. Mrs. Brackney is active in the Presbyterian church and socially is a favorite in Brawley and Imperial County.

From:
The History of Imperial County, California
Edited by: F. C. Farr
Elms and Franks, Publishers
Berkley, California 1918


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