Brenning, Henry L. L. (March 25, 1851 - February 21, 1921)

Henry Brenning, Pioneer, Is Dead

Douglas Budget - February 24, 1921

Another pioneer citizen of Douglas and Converse county joined the great majority last Monday morning, when Death came to Henry L.Brenning. The end came after an illness of long duration and after expectation of recovery had ended. Mrs. Brenning, his faithful life companion, was at his bedside when the final summons came.

Henry L. Brenning was a native of Massachusetts, having been born at Norwood, in that state, March 25, 1851. He learned the trade of carpenter and worked at it in Massachussetts until 1879, when he came to Leadville, Colo., then a booming gold camp. He later moved to Denver, where he spent a year, and then to Boulder, Colo. and from there to Cheyenne. In 1886 he came to Douglas on the founding of the town, Mrs. Brenning being the first woman resident of this city.

Mr. Brenning built the first building in Douglas and many of the substantial buildings here today were erected by him, testifying to his ability as a builder and his integrity as a contractor. He was for many years engaged in the sheep business, retiring a few years ago.

He was married to Miss Annie E. Davis at Quincy, Mass., December 1, 1875, who survives him. He is also survived by an adopted son, Roy L. Brenning, a brother, Jacob, formerly of Douglas, now of Boston, and a sister living in Boston.

Funeral services were held at the Congregational church Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 and were under the auspices of Ashlar Masonic lodge, of which Mr. Brenning had been a long-time member. The officers of the lodge conducted the services at the cemetery. The pallbearers were Dr. J.M. Wilson, A.D.Cook,, C.H. McWhinnie, B.J. Erwin, Thos. Cook and C.A. Slonaker.

An honest man, a good citizen and a kind neighbor, the death of Henry Brenning brings sorrow to a large circle of friends, who esteemed him for those rugged, simple qualities. To his worthy wife in her great loss will go the unstinted sympathy of the people of this county.


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