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Induction Category & YearHistorical 1986
Home TownBelleville, OH
BirthMarch 30, 1861
Belleville, Ohio
Rapid City, SD

   Ada Brennan
Champion of Excellence

 Ada Jane (Jennie) was the wife of John R. Brennan, one of the founders of Rapid City. Jennie came to Rapid City in 1879 at the age of 18 from her home in Ohio to join her father and brothers. They had come three years earlier and established a homestead southwest of town. Jennie traveled three weeks by ox-train from Pierre to Rapid City.

In 1900, Jennie's husband was appointed Superintendent of the Pine Ridge Reservation and until 1917 when he retired, Jennie worked with him and established very good rapport with the Indian people. The Indians lovingly referred to her as “Ina” (Eenah) or “Little Mother”. <p>Jennie was a charter member of the First Baptist Church in Rapid City and was instrumental in the establishment of the first YWCA in Rapid City. She was a charter member of the Fortnightly Club, the Current Events Club and a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma and Business & Professional Women’s Clubs. She was active in all of these organizations throughout her life. She was recognized as a Life Member of the YWCA Board of Directors. <p>Jennie and her husband, John, lived in Rapid City, where they operated the Hotel Harney.

Home Town (Belleville, OH)
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