by Sherry Stocking Kline – 17 May 2010
It’s another Genealogy Happy Dance Monday! While visiting the nearby town of Kingman, Kansas while my son had some dental work done, I kept busy stopping at several stores to distribute ad fliers for the upcoming Kansas Council of Genealogical Societies Meeting on June 19th, featuring the Photo Detective, Maureen Taylor. (See program info here.)
When I stopped at the Kingman Carnegie Library, the librarian agreed to post our KCGS flyer, and showed me the Kingman County History book where I located some information submitted by my mom’s cousin, Victor A. Breneman. The book was a great source, and I learned some information that I didn’t already know.
I already knew the who-begat-who info, but I still find myself guilty of not asking enough questions, and thereby missing a lot of information. I need to turn over a new leaf!
The following is transcribed from the Kingman County History book, “Kingman County, Kansas and its People”.
Victor A. Breneman Family – submitted by Victor A. Breneman
The Breneman family came to Kingman in 1917. The family name is Swiss in origin and the first members arrived in this country in 1709. They were part of a group which later became known as the “Pennsylvania Dutch.” They settled in Conestoga and Lancaster Counties. The family came west by way of Ohio, Iowa, Nebraska, and later to Wellington, Kansas.
The local family consisted of Ira J. Breneman, Adelia (Allen) Breneman, his wife, two sons, Paul A. and Victor A. Breneman. Mrs. Adelia Breneman was of Scottish-English extraction. Her maiden name was Allen and the family settled in New England prior to the Revolutionary War. They were related to the family of Ethan Allen, the famous general in the War for Independence.
Ira J. Breneman was born in Muscatine County, Iowa, May 18, 1874. He died January 11, 1963, and is buried in the Belle Plaine Cemetery. During most of his working life he was a railroader. He was a locomotive fireman, a maintenance employee, and in railroad bridge construction.
Mrs. Adelia (Allen) Breneman was born June 20, 1885, and died September 14, 1938. She was a Registered Nurse and spent most of her working life at this profession and in raising her sons.
Paul Breneman was born in Conway Springs, Kansas, July 9, 1907. He grew up in Kingman. He was married to Laurilla White. Paul served on the police force in Kingman for several years and later became Chief of Police. He later was employed by the Boeing Company as a member of its security force. He is retired and now lives in Derby, Kansas.
Victor Breneman was born in Conway Springs, Kansas, September 16, 1911. He grew up in Kingman, attended the Kingman Schools, The Infantry School at Fort Benning, Ga, The Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He was married to Rachael A. Hoover, March 19, 1933.
Victor served many years in the Army National Guard, the Army Reserve, and on active duty with the Army during World War II. He served in the 137th Infantry, 35th division during the entire war. He took part in the Invasion of Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge, and three other campaigns. He retired from the military as a Colonel.
His military awards included the Purple Heart for wounds received as a result of enemy action. After his military service he entered the Postal Service, later becoming Postmaster. He served a number of years in this capacity.
Transcriber’s Note: Victor and Rachel Breneman are now deceased, and like a very bad genealogist, I realized that I don’t think I have their dates of death in my family tree program, even though we attended their funerals. Vic and Rachel are buried in the Kingman Cemetery, Kingman County, Kansas. Both Paul and Laurilla Breneman and Victor and Rachel Breneman have children and grandchildren who are living, and I’ve taken their names out of this public transcription.