Mary Brebner

13 June 1904–9 November 1998 (Age 94)
Franklin, Nebraska, United States

The Life of Mary

When Mary Brebner was born on 13 June 1904, in Franklin, Nebraska, United States, her father, William Brebner, was 43 and her mother, Bertha Witzleben, was 23. She married Homer Chambers Smith on 26 May 1939. She lived in Jackson Township, Hall, Nebraska, United States in 1930 and Grand Island, Buffalo, Nebraska, United States in 1998. She died on 9 November 1998, in Shelton, Buffalo, Nebraska, United States, at the age of 94.

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Family Time Line

Homer Chambers Smith
Mary Brebner
Marriage: 26 May 1939

Spouse and Children

    Homer Chambers Smith



26 May 1939

Parents and Siblings

    William Brebner


    Bertha Witzleben




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World Events (8)

1906 · Saving Food Labels

Age 2

The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.
1906 · Licencing Butchers

Age 2

A law that makes it a crime to misbrand meat being sold as food, and ensures that the meat is slaughtered and processed under sanitary conditions.

Age 25

13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.

Name Meaning

1 German: from an agent derivative of Middle High German brennen ‘to burn’, in various applications. Often it is an occupational name for a distiller of spirits; it may also refer to a charcoal or lime burner or to someone who cleared forests by burning.2 Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a distiller, from German Brenner, literally ‘burner’ (see 1).3 English: metathesized variant of Berner 2 and 3.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Mary Brebner in household of Wm Brebner, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Mary Brebner in household of William Brebner, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Mary Berbner in household of Will Berbner, "United States Census, 1930"

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