Tod Brenner is automobile appraiser of Youngstown, to which position he was appointed January 1, 1924, and during the time he has been in office he has fully justified the confidence placed in him.

He was born in Youngstown, June 10, 1884, a son of John and Catherine (Welk) Brenner, natives of Baden, Germany, and New Middletown, Ohio. The youngest in a large family of children, Tod Brenner attended the grade and high schools until 1903, but in that year left school to begin work in the steel mill, in its electrical department, where he remained for five years.

Mr. Brenner began working on automobiles at Youngstown, and in 1911 went to Detroit, Michigan. From 1915 until his enlistment in the army in 1917 he was with the General Motors, but the entry of this country into the World war turned his attention from automobiles to airplanes, and he enlisted in the aviation branch of the service and became assistant senior inspector in the Signal Corps. His period of service was spent inspecting Liberty Aircraft engines. He was honorably discharged from the service January 28, 1919. Returning to Youngstown, he took a position with the Mahoning Buick Company, with whom he remained until his appointment to his present position. His long and intimate knowledge and experience of automobiles eminently fit him for the work he is now doing.

On October 1, 1908, Mr. Brenner married Naomi Davis, who was born at Youngstown, a daughter of William and Mary Davis. Mr. and Mrs. Brenner have one daughter, Joan Elaine, who was born February 25, 1923. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, attends the Methodist Episcopal Church, and in politics he is a republican, although he votes an independent ticket locally.


History of Ohio, The American Historical Society Inc., 1925, Volume IV