1922 — Princeton, Minnesota
The Princeton union., March 02, 1922, Page 1
OWEN BRACKEN DIES.
Greenbush Centenarian Passes Away at Home of His Son, James, at Age of 102 Years.
Owen Bracken, senior, the oldest man in Mille Lacs county, who reached the age of 102 years on February 2 of this year, passed away at the home of his son, James, in Greenbush, at 3 o'clock on Tuesday afternoon. The old gentleman experienced a shock of paralysis on February 19 and since last Saturday had been entirely unconscious. For the past few years, as might have been expected, old age had made its inroads upon him, but he possessed a rugged constitution and held up remarkably well, retaining his mentality until unconsciousness came. The members of his family were present at his bedside when death came.
Owen Bracken was born in King's county, Ireland, on February 2, 1820. He came to New York in 1842, where he worked at his trade of cutting and polishing marble. Later he worked on a farm in Madison county, New York, remaining there two years. He was married in 1848 to Nancy Ann Malon. In 1854 he moved onto a farm in Wisconsin and lived there until July, 1869, when he and his family came to Minnesota and settled on section 8, Greenbush. Twelve years ago he went to live with his son, James, on section 6, in the same township. His wife died on January 19, 1908. He is survived by four children, viz James and Owen, Greenbush Mrs. Kate Waldhoff, Henrietta and Mrs. Rose Lafontisee, Bemidji.
Mr. Bracken served with Company D, Twelfth Wisconsin regiment, throughout the civil war and was with Sherman on his march to the sea. He was a splendid type of American citizen, and well did he perform his duty to his adopted country. Hundreds of friends in Mille Lacs county will long remember this good, whole-souled, patriotic old gentleman.
Funeral services will be conducted in the Greenbush Catholic church to morrow morning at 10 o'clock by Rev. Chas. A. Mayer.