John Arthur Breen, president and treasurer of the Utica Real Estate Company, was born in Trenton, New
York, in 1868, and is a son of Charles and Bridget Breen, natives of Ireland. The father, who has now attained
the venerable age of seventy four years, emigrated with his wife and family to the United States in 1860, landing
in New York in the month of August. They located on a farm near Holland Patent, this state, and there the father
engaged in agricultural pursuits until the spring of 1904. He met with excellent success in his undertakings and
is now living retired in Utica. In religion he is a Catholic, being a communicant of St. Agnes' church, and politically
he is a republican in national elections, but always casts an independent ballot at township and municipal elections.
To Mr. and Mrs. Breen were born seven children, the son John Arthur being the sixth in order of birth.
Reared on the homestead at Trenton, now Barneveld, in the acquirement of his elementary education John Arthur Breen
attended the district school located at Joy's Hotel Four Corners, after the completion of which he entered the
high school at Holland Patent, from which he was graduated. He remained on the farm, in the cultivation of which
he assisted his father, until he was twenty one years of age. His first position was in Baggs' cheese factory at
Holland Patent, whence he came to Utica in 1893, obtaining a position as salesman with the Kernan Furnace Company.
He continued in their service for five years, at the expiration of which time he became a member of Breen Brothers'
plumbing concern. This company was composed of Jerry C., Charles J., Thomas and John A., now known as the Thomas
Breen Company. He severed his connection with them in 1905, since which time he has given his entire attention
to his real estate business. Four years before withdrawing from the plumbing company, in 1901, he organized the
Utica Real Estate Company. This venture has proven to be a most successful enterprise and Mr. Breen is doing a
very satisfactory business.
On the 8th of February, 1S98, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Breen and Miss Ethel C. Clark of Clayton, New
York. Of this union there have been born three children: J. Clark, Arthur W. and Clayton C.
The family attend the Episcopal church, of which Mrs. Breen is a member. Mr. Breen is affiliated with the Masonic
fraternity and he is also a member of the Masonic Club. His political support Mr. Breen gives to the republican
party, and he has always taken a keen interest in municipal affairs, but has never aspired for any political office,
preferring to devote his attention mostly to his personal interests.
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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