Shawano County Journal

Thurs 23 Feb 1928

Fred Brener is gone to Reward

For ten days the people of Shawano waited with Alternating hope and despair to the reports that came out of the sick room of Fred Brener.  On the twentieth of January he was taken ill with pneumonia.  The night before he had made a long drive, while the temperature was rapidly falling.  The next day he was prostrate with pneumonia.

No one ever had more careful watching nor more constant vigilance.  On the night of the 29th he passed the crisis, and was apparently much better.  His brother went back to Waukesha and his many friends dared to express felicitations.  That afternoon sudden reversal came, his heart could no longer withstand its strain and he passed into the Great Beyond.  His death was a shock to the county.  He was sixty-two years old.

He was born in South Milwaukee March 10th, 1865.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church.  His parents moved to DePere when he was a boy and so the lad grew up in that town and went to school there.  Upon reaching maturity he worked for six years in a lawyer’s office in La Crosse.

His parents moved up into the town of Almon in this county and Fred came with them.  He worked as setter and later as head sawyer in the Almond saw-mill.

He was married to Miss Amelia Lipke in 1891.  The young couple bought a farm, covered mostly with timber, and this they logged and farmed as the clearing grew.  In those years he did considerable logging after his own farm was cleared.  His town elected him chairman and as such he became a member of the county board, a place which he held for many years.

In 1900 he was elected county clerk and then he moved his family to Shawano and became a resident here.  He served as county clerk for ten years and then came the organizing of the Citizens State Bank.

He was one of the organizers and was made cashier.  He resigned his position as county clerk to assume the work, and he held the position until his death.  He has given constantly of his time to that bank since 1910.

He had a faculty of making friends and people had confidence in him.  He helped to organize the Zachow and Bowler banks and served as director of both institutions.  During the war he was active on Liberty Loan committees, and at the time of his death he was a director on the Chamber of Commerce Board.  He was a partner and part owner of the Ramlow Bakery.

Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Brener, all of them living in Shawano.  They are: Mrs. Oscar Ramlow, Maurice, Herbert, Mrs. Gale Stanton, William, Beatrice and Agnes.  Besides the widow and children, two brothers survive Henry of the town of Almon, and John C. Goddake of Waukesha.

Mr. Brener was extremely popular, and made a friend of everyone with whom he came in contact.  During his years as a county officer, he polled more votes than any other candidate for public office in the county.  It was in appreciation of his faculty for making friends that he was chosen to the banking position despite his lack of prior experience.

He was exceedingly kind to his family.  His boy, Herbert, has been confined to his home these last few years, and every morning, regularly as the clock stroke, Mr. Brener could be seen going to Herbert’s home to give him cheer and to attend to chores.

The funeral was held yesterday afternoon at the St. Jacobi Church, the Rev. Mr. Uhlig officiating.  The church was filled and many who came could not get in because of the crowd.  There were floral offerings in profusion from many parts of the county.  One piece was contributed by the school children who brought their little coins for the fund.  Many members of the county board were present.

The pall-bearers were six directors of the bank, William Regling, Paul Winter, Fred Kuhn, Judge Jaeckel, C.C. Moede and Charles Piehl.