W. H. BREHM, master mechanic for eight divisions of the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railway, with residence at Parsons, Kansas, has been identified with the city's growth, and development for the past seventeen years. Mr. Brehm was born in Norwich, Connecticut, in 1849.
Mr. Brehm was educated in Piermont, Rockland county, New York, and in 1858 accompanied his parents to Vincennes, Indiana. Mr. Brehm lived there nine years, and then went to St. Louis, Missouri. Shortly after, he went east to St. Louis, where he entered the locomotive department of the Ohio & Mississippi Railroad Company, which is now the Baltimore & Ohio South-Western Railroad Company. After leaving St. Louis, he spent three years on a farm. He took up his residence in Parsons, Kansas, in 1884, and entered the shops of the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railway, as a machinist. Being a careful and painstaking worker, and having a decided taste for mechanical work, he soon received a promotion. This promotion was soon followed by others, - his advancement being very rapid, - and today he is master mechanic for eight divisions of the road. He is held in high esteem by his fellow workmen, and his present position shows the confidence placed in him by his employers.
Mr. Brehm was united in marriage with Rebecca Severns, and their union has resulted in the birth of the following children: Charles, Alberta, Oliver, Arthur, Mabel, William, and Pauline. Mr. Brehm is a member of the W. of A., A. 0. U. W., Fraternal Aid and K. 0. T. M. He always assists in all public enterprises, and is a public spirited and progressive citizen. The subject of this sketch is well known in Parsons and its vicinity.
Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901
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