Charles M. Brennan, carrying on general agricultural pursuits on section 30, Liberty township, has an improved
farm of ninety acres, the excellent appearance of which is due to his unfaltering industry and persistency of purpose.
Marion county numbers him among its native sons, his birth having here occurred September 19, 1874. His parents
were J. L. and E. J. (McManus) Brennan, the former a native of Ireland and the latter of Pennsylvania. The father
came to the United States when a little lad of but six years and with his parents became a resident of Pittsburg,
Pennsylvania, where he lived until 1865, when he came to Marion county, Iowa. He was one of the pioneer settlers
and witnessed the greater part of the county's growth and development. His widow still survives and now makes her
home in Knoxville. The only break in the family circle occurred when the father was called to his final rest, for
the four children of the family still survive.
Charles M. Brennan was reared upon the old homestead farm near Attica and there remained up to the time of his
marriage. The educational advantages which he enjoyed were those afforded by the common schools. He had ample training
in farm work and was thus well qualified to assume the management of a farm of his own when he started out in business
life independently. It was in December, 1901, that he was joined in wedlock to Miss Rose Runnels, a native of Linn
county, Iowa, by whom he had two children, Marie and Charles K. The latter is now deceased and the wife and mother
passed away in 1906. On the loth of March, 1910, Mr. Brennan was again married, his second union being with Mrs.
Beatrice (Nye) Johnson, who was born in this county and is a daughter of Jasper and Sarah (Rees) Nye, the former
a native of Indiana, while the latter was born in Marion county, Iowa. Both are still living in this county and
of their nine children five yet survive. By her former marriage Mrs. Brennan had three sons: Laelius E., who is
now a high school pupil in Des Moines; Theodore N.; and Paul H. Mr. and Mrs. Brennan have a daughter, Lillian J.,
who was born September 10, 1911.
The family residence is a comfortable dwelling which stands in the midst of a good farm of ninety acres of rich
and productive land situated on section 30, Liberty township. Mr. Brennan has carefully carried on the farm work
and brought the fields to a high state of cultivation. His methods are at once practical and progressive, and he
utilizes every possible means to enhance the value of his place. His political indorsement is given the democratic
party and he and his family attend the Methodist Episcopal church.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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