M. M. Wren is a farmer and stockman who owns and operates two hundred and forty acres upon section 32, Knoxville
township, and he is highly respected wherever known. He was born in that township on the 24th of March, 1861, a
son of Michael and Catherine (Brown) Wren. The father was born in County Kerry, Ireland, but emigrated to America
as a young man. He first located in Indiana, where he was married, but later removed to Marion county, Iowa, arriving
here in 1856. He entered eighty acres of land, which is a part of the farm now owned by the subject of this review,
and from time to time as his resources increased he added to his holdings until he held title to two hundred and
fifty acres. His fine farm was the evidence of his prosperity and none grudged him his success as it was won by
persistent effort and good management. He passed away in 1890, when about seventy four years of age. He and his
wife were both communicants of the Catholic church. She was also born in County Kerry, Ireland, and emigrated to
the United States with her parents, the family home being established in Indiana. Her parents both passed away
in that state. She died in February, 1888, when about sixty five years of age. Mr. and Mrs. Wren had three children:
James, now residing in Des Moines, is married and has a family. M. M. is the subject of this review, and Mary is
the wife of Patrick Riley, of Ottumwa.
M. M. Wren was reared upon the farm he is now operating and gained his education in the school of his home neighborhood.
The early training given him in agriculture by his father stood him in good stead and he has proved successful
as a general farmer. The splendid condition of his place testifies to his carefulness and industry and his labors
are rewarded by abundant crops.
In 1886 Mr. Wren married Miss Maggie Ruane, a native of County Roscommon, Ireland, born on the 3d of December,
1863. Her parents were Thomas and. Catherine (Murray) Ruane, who in the winter of 1864-5 emigrated to Baltimore,
Maryland. Mr. Ruanc was a baker and followed his trade in that city, where he passed away while still a young man.
His widow married L. F. Cotter at Baltimore and in 1869 they removed to this county and located at Knoxville. Mr.
Cotter died there a quarter of a century ago but his widow survives at the age of ninety five years and still makes
her home at Knoxville. Mr. and Mrs. Ruane had three children: Mrs. Wren; Mary A., the deceased wife of James Wren,
her demise occurring in 1904. in Des Moines; and John, superintendent of the insurance patrol at Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The sons born to the mother by her marriage to Mr. Cotter are now leading merchants of Knoxville. Mrs. Wren was
reared and educated in Knoxville and there her marriage occurred. She has become the mother of three children,
all born upon the home farm. Charles, who is twenty seven years of age, resides at Lovilia, Monroe county, this
state, and is cashier of the Farmers & Merchants Bank of that place. He married Miss Gertrude Kinney, of this
county. Catherine is at home and is a graduate of the Highland Park College at Des Moines. She has taught in both
Marion and Monroe counties. Margaret completed the public school course and is at home.
Mr. Wren exercises his right of franchise in support of the democratic party as he is convinced of the wisdom of
its policies. He has taken a great interest in the welfare of the schools and for many years has served as president
of the school board. Both he and his wife are communicants of St. Anthony's Catholic church of Knoxville and can
always be counted upon to do their share in furthering the moral advancement of the community.
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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