by Sherry Stocking Kline
February 3rd, 2010
Several last week asked me to post the close-up of Great-Grandpa Constantine ‘Tom’ Breneman’s horse (I meant to do that last week along with last week’s photo!) so here is my follow-up post!
Like many of you, I love horses, and this is a fine looking horse. I’m guessing he was a dapple gray with darker mane and tail, but I suppose he might have been more of a cream color with dark mane and tale, like Dale Evans Rogers’ horse “Buttermilk”.
So many questions that I have with last week’s photo and this. First and most important:
What was his name? (the horse’s I mean)
What breed(s) was/were he? In last week’s photo he looks to be a fairly tall horse. Any horse lovers want to hazard a guess?
Did Great-Grandpa ride him, or was he strictly a buggy horse?
What year were these pictures taken? I wonder? I know with some detective work, I can narrow this down considerably.
Where was Great-Grandpa headed looking so spiffy? Or was he just out for a drive? Nearly all pictures we have of him, he is dressed in a suit, but in last week’s photo, he looks particularly spiffy.
I asked mom again this week “Was Grandpa a farmer?”
I knew that he lived on at least two different farms here, and she said that he did farm, but he really was more of a blacksmith, and did blacksmith work, rather than doing much farming.
His son, Otto or “Ott” as he was called, followed in his footsteps and had a blacksmith shop in Mayfield, Kansas. Those pictures are in a different box, but I will locate them and share here.
Neat! I just love old photos, especially with horses!
Great-Grandpa Breneman was a Civil War veteran, but I’ve never seen a photograph of him in uniform. I hope someday we run across one.
Salinda E. (Rose) Breneman – Photograph Constantine’s wife, Salinda, and her tombstone. Salinda and he divorced in later life.
Too Young to Die – Photo of Constantine’s son Albert Breneman, his siblings, and another photo of Albert’s tombstone. Albert was killed in a Motorcycle Accident.