Born: c. 1867
Died: July 21, 1922
Lake Placid News, July 14, 1922
Michael J. Brennan, 55, died at his home on Upper Broadway in Saranac Lake, Friday afternoon, July 14th, after a prolonged illness. Mr. Brennan was a well-known hotel man and was associated for several years with his brother, Thomas G. Brennan, in operating the American House here. His friends in Lake Placid were quite as many and warm as in his late home, or rather, the whole Adirondack region.
Born in Mineville, Mr. Brennan came to this vicinity about thirty years ago and has devoted his energies during that time, principally to the hotel business and was unusually successful in all his undertakings. All those with whom he came in contact in either in business or a social way, vouch for his sterling integrity, sound judgment and kindly disposition. He was first connected with the Empire Hotel in Saranac Lake, after which he conducted the Delmonte, now known as Lakewood Inn. He built the block of which William Herron is the present proprietor, and acquired valuable property on Broadway. Several years ago he came to Lake Placid as a member of the firm of Brennan Brothers, conducting the American House, and later establishing a garage business. Ill health forced him to abandon business and after disposing of his interests here he returned to Saranac Lake.
His demise, though widely mourned was not wholly unexpected, as the deceased had been in critical condition for several days. The funeral was held at St. Bernard's Church, Saranac Lake, Monday morning and a wide circle of friends gathered to pay their last respects to him whom they had so esteemed in life. Interment was made in Pine Ridge cemetery.
Mr. Brennan is survived by his wife, four sisters, Mrs. W. J. Washburn of Owls Head Inn, Keene, N. Y.; Mrs. James Nulty and Mrs. Frank Norton both of Port Henry, and Mrs. Edward Senecal of Hudson Falls, and three brothers, Thomas G. of Lake Placid, John of Saranac Lake and Patrick H. of Port Henry.