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Edward James O’BRIEN

Male 1876 - 1954  (77 years)


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  • Name Edward James O’BRIEN 
    Born 30 Nov 1876  Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 2 Nov 1954  Hennepin Co., Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 4 Nov 1954  Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • EXTRACTED FROM: History of Minneapolis, Gateway to the Northwest; Chicago-Minneapolis, The S J Clarke Publishing Co, 1923; Edited by: Rev. Marion Daniel Shutter, D.D., LL.D.; Volume I - Shutter (Historical); volume II - Biographical; volume III - Biographical
      Vol III, pg 542-545

      EDWARD J. O'BRIEN
      Edward J. O'Brien, a native son of Minneapolis and a member of one of the oldest and most prominent pioneer families of the city, is devoting his attention to the real estate and insurance business and has been very successful in his operations in this field. He was born November 30, 1876, a son of Frank G. and Elizabeth (Bostwick) O'Brien, the former a native of Maine and the latter of Illinois. The paternal ancestors removed from Belfast, Ireland, to the province of Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1680, at which time members of the family also settled in Maine, and the great-great-grandfather of the subject of this review built and commanded one of the vessels of the American fleet which was attacked by the British naval forces off the coast of Maine, near the port of Machias. The Bostwick family removed to Minnesota from Toronto, Canada, in 1850, settling at St. Anthony, now Minneapolis, and the O'Brien family came to St. Anthony in 1855 from Calais, Maine. Lardner Bosstwick was one of the pioneer jurists of Minneapolis, serving as the third judge of the probate court, and members of the O'Brien family engaged in the lumber business in this city. Frank G. O'Brien, the father, was a writer of ability, being the author of "Minnesota Pioneer Sketches" and other publications, and he was also a successful business man. He was one of the honored pioneers of Minneapolis and passed away in this city in 1920, while his wife's demise occurred in 1910.
      After completing his course in the Central high school of Minneapolis Edward J. O'Brien entered the University of Minnesota, from which he was graduated in 1898, with the degree of Bachelor of Laws, while in 1904 he received the degree of Master of Laws. Since 1898 he has engaged in the real estate and insurance business, of which he has an expert knowledge, and his comprehensive legal training has been a valuable asset to him in the conduct of his business, which has now reached extensive proportions. Nothing escapes him concerning the realty market and he has negotiated many important property transfers, while he also writes a large amount of insurance annually.
      On the 25th of November, 1903, Mr. O'Brien was married to Miss Garnet L. Butcher of St. Paul, Minnesota, and they have become the parents of six children: Kenneth B., Garnet E., Mildred L., Robert L., Barbara L., and Ann Hewitt. Kenneth B. O'Brien married Marjorie Waldron Piedmont, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Waldron, August 12, 1922. He enlisted for service in the World war and was sent to the Officers Training Camp at Plattsburg, New York, where he was made a second lieutenant. HHe was attached to the Forty-third Company, Fourth Group, of the Machine Gun Corps, which was stationed at Augusta, Georgia, and was the youngest commissioned officer in the United States army. He received the Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College, and was also active in athletic sports, being quarterback on the college football team. He now resides at Oakland, California, and is engaged in the bond business.
      In 1920 Mr. O'Brien was made president of the Minneapolis Real Estate Board and in the same year he served as president of the Minnetonka Country Club. He is also a member of the Lafayette Club, the Minneapolis Athletic Club and Zeta Psi, a college fraternity. He worthily bears a name which for many years has been an honored one in business circles of Minneapolis and his spirit of initiative and enterprise has constituted an important factor in the improvement and development of the city, in which he is widely known and highly esteemed.

      1910 Census: MN: Hennepin: Mpls.:
      Obrien, Edward J., head, 33, married twice, has been married for 6 years, born in MN, father born in ME, mother born in IL, real estate;
      Garnet L., wife, 33, first marriage, married for 6 years, has had 2 children, both living, born in IL, father and mother born in IL;
      Kenneth B., son, 11, born in MN, father born in MN, mother born in MI;
      Lowell W., son, 5, born in MN, father born in MN, mother born in IL;
      Garnet E., daughter, 3, born in MN, father born in MN, mother born in IL.

      1920 Census: MN: Hennepin: Minneapolis:
      O’Brien, Edward J., 42, head, born in MN, father born in ME, mother born in MN, realtor, real estate;
      Garnet L., 37, wife, born in IL, father born in IL, mother born in OH;
      Kenneth B., 20, son, born in MN, father born in MN, mother’s birthplace unknown, salesman, bonds;
      Garnet E., 12, daughter, born in MN, father born in MN, mother born in IL;
      Mildred L., 8, daughter, born in MN, father born in MN, mother born in IL;
      Robert L., 5, son, born in MN, father born in MN, mother born in IL;
      Barbara L., 3 7/12, daughter, born in MN, father born in MN, mother born in IL;
      Ann-Hewitt, 1 1/12, daughter, born in MN, father born in MN, mother born in IL;
      plus three servants.

      1930 census: MN: Hennepin: Orono:
      O’Brien, Edward J., head, owns, $10,000, 53, born in MN, father born in ME, mother born in IL; realtor, own business;
      Garnet L., wife, 45, born in IL, father born in IL, mother born in OH;
      Garnet E., daughter, 22, born in MN, father born in MN, mother born in IL; actress, stage;
      Mildred L., daughter, 19, born in MN, father born in MN, mother born in IL;
      Robert L., son, 15, born in MN, father born in MN, mother born in IL;
      Barbara L, daughter, 13, born in MN, father born in MN, mother born in IL;
      Anna H., daughter, 11, born in MN, father born in MN, mother born in IL;
      plus one maid.

      Lakewood Cemetery Record:
      Edward J. O’Brien
      Age 67
      Death Date: 11/02/1954
      Disposition Date: 11/04/1954
      Site I.D. 119-17-3
    Person ID I3916  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 18 Sep 2015 

    Family 1 Garnet Lowell BUTCHER,   b. Jul 1877, Galena, Jo Daviess, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Aug 1954, Hennepin Co., Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years) 
    Married 25 Nov 1903 
    Children 
     1. Lowell W. O’BRIEN,   b. Apr 1905, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jul 1910, Orono, Hennepin, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 5 years)
    +2. Garnet E. O’BRIEN,   b. 21 May 1907, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1984, Carefree, Maricopa, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    +3. Mildred Lowell O’BRIEN
    +4. Robert Lardner O’BRIEN
    +5. Barbara L. O’BRIEN
    +6. Ann Hewitt O’BRIEN
    Last Modified 1 Aug 2020 
    Family ID F1439  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Helen Louise JENNINGS,   b. Jun 1880, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Dec 1900, Hennepin Co., Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 20 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Kenneth Bostwick O’BRIEN,   b. 15 Jun 1899, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Sep 1979, Oroville, Butte, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 1 Aug 2020 
    Family ID F1610  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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