Biography of James E. Brennen
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

James E. Brennen, an enterprising and successful young business man of Wellsville, is a veteran of the World War. He was born at Carnegie, Pa., Nov. 6, 1894, and is the son of Edward and Sarah (Legen) Brennen.

Edward Brennen and his wife are natives of Scotland. At an early age they came to the United States and for many years have resided in East Liverpool, where he is connected with a mining business. Mr. and Mrs. Brennen have 12 children, as follows: Margaret, married Charles Goodman, lives in East Liverpool; Patrick H.; Rose, married John Dietz, lives in Akron, Ohio; Harry, lives at Wellsville; Ella, married Thomas Russell, lives in East Liverpool; Edward, deceased; James E., the subject of this sketch; Agnes, married Harry Smith, lives in Pittsburgh; Pearl, married Howard Dale Smith, lives in Syracuse, N. Y.; Lorena, married Harvey Strothman, lives in Youngstown, Ohio; Charles, lives in East Liverpool; and Leo, lives at Wellsville.

James E. Brennen attended the public schools of East Liverpool and Spencerian Business College in Cleveland. He began life as a machinist and worked at that trade until his enlistment for service during the World War. He enlisted April 2, 1918, and was sent to Camp Sherman, Ohio, and later to France. He participated in the Meuse-Argonne drive and was severely gassed and wounded. Mr. Brennen was discharged June 28, 1919. He has conducted his present business since July, 1923, and has a well established trade. He handles a complete line of automobile accessories and does battery repair work of all kinds. He also has a gasoline and oil service station in connection with his garage.

On Sept. 21, 1922, Mr. Brennen was united in marriage with Miss Hilda Barr, who was born at New Brighton, Pa., Oct. 20, 1894, the daughter of Martin and Nora (Carnegie) Barr, natives of Germany and Pennsylvania, respectively. Mr. Barr died in 1915 and his wife resides at East Liverpool. They were the parents of the following children: Esther, married Blaine Cochran, an attorney, East Liverpool; Charles, lives in Chicago; Mrs. Brennen; Louise, married Joseph Porter, lives in Wellsville; Robert, a World War veteran, lives in East Liverpool; Joseph, lives in East Liverpool; and Grace B., lives in East Liverpool. To Mr. and Mrs. Brennen has been born a daughter, Jean Ann, born Aug. 21, 1924.

Mr. Brennen is a Republican and a member of the Catholic Church. He is a man who stands well in the esteem of his fellow citizens.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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