On December 11, 1914, Frederick William O'Brien went out to start his Model T on a cold, icy, day in Hannibal, Missouri. He fell on the ice, striking his head and died. He was married to Emma Maude Chinn a Chinn descendant through one of the legitimate lines. Frederick was only 51 at the time of his death and left his wife, Maud and daughter Margaret and youngest child Frederick, Jr. who was only about 7 or 8 at the time of his father's death.
Four years earlier, tragedy had visited this family with the loss of their oldest son, Louis, of polio.
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