Every life has enough drama and interest to make an interesting book. But most of us live and die and are forgotten, leaving little trace of ourselves past a few generations.
Here is a picture of Martha and Anna O’Brien.
The older woman, Martha O’Brien was born in 1871 in Tennessee. She lived through the most dramatic time of change in human history. What things she must have seen! What stories she must have had to tell! As far as I know, they are all gone. I can’t find any record of her beyond birth and death dates.
I found a few more facts about her daughter Anna O’Brien. She was born Jan. 12, 1900 and was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
She was mentioned in the death notice of her father, Walter O’Brien, published on Oct 31, 1939: “Miss Anna O’Brien, who was with her father during the operation following which his death occurred will remain at her home through this week, before returning to Jefferson City where she teaches.”
She’s mentioned in the 1940 census as living in Ward Four, Warrensburg Township with a relative named Martha O’Brien.
Later she was a school teacher and dietary technician in the Warrensburg school district.
She was eighty-four and living at the Ridge Crest Adult Care Center when she was selected senior citizen for the month for December by the Optimist club.
She died Nov. 23, 1987.
That’s all I know - little bits and pieces of two lives that must have contained enough stories to make a book.
If you know anything more about Anna O’Brien or her mother, Martha, please leave something in the comments section.