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The Kemnow Family of Preußen, Arkansas, Wisconsin, & Oregon

Updated August 1, 2012

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The search for decendents and ancestors of Daniel Kemnow of Wuscherweir, Preußen continues. One of his sons moved to the United States During the mid 1800's landing in Philadelphia, PA and then finally settling in central Wisconsin. Daniel later moved to the U.S. where he passed away and was buried in Tomah, WI.

Family Oral Histories

1) One of his sons moved to the United States During the mid 1800's landing in Philadelphia, PA and then finally settling in central Wisconsin. Daniel later moved to the U.S. where he passed away and was buried in Tomah, WI.

2) There is story that has been handed down over the years, that Daniel or a brother served in the Prussian Army and had been selected to be a member of an elite guards detachment. These 13 men were selected for their height, wieght, complexion, hair and eye color. These men looked so much alike they could have been brothers. They were assigned to protect Her Royal Highness Princess Wilhelmina of Prussia, who would later marry King William I of the Netherlands, thusly becoming the Queen of the Netherlands.

3) Another story goes like this. There was possibly another son that lived in the Tomah, WI area, who last appeared on the 1860 Tomah census roll. The oral family history of this son and his family was that they were supposedly headed west for the newly founded state of Oregon and were never heard from again. They were supposedly heading towards the Oregon Coast with plans to settle and start a dairy farm and a creamery.

4)This third oral history dates back only to World War II. During the Sicilian Campaign it turned out that there were family from both side fighting there. Some how it was learned, after the fighting that we had family there on both sides. Supposedly there were two brothers in the Deustche Heer and there was a possiblity that these cousins exchanged shots with each other during the fighting. The two boys in the Deustche Heer where later listed as MIA (Missing In Action), after Sicily fell to the Allies. Nothing has been heard of these two since the war. The names if they had been known, have not been passed down with the story.

5) The last oral history story dates to 24 March 1959. This is sort of my story. It started out like any other day at school in the first grade. After the lunch recess ended, the Principal and Oregon State Trooper Bob Rissman walked into the class room and asked Mrs. Seefelt to get me ready to go home. My father had been shot in the line of duty.
Dad had stopped to tell an young man that he could not double park in front of the bank, when he saw that dad was a police officer he took off and dad had to chase him down. The kid missed a turn on Cemetery Road and ended up in a ditch. He, the kid, then bailed out of the car and started to run. Dad yelled at him to stop acouple of times the last time warning him if he did not stop he would have to fire. Dad told me the guy looked like a big dumb kid and he didn't really want to have to shoot him. The kid turned on dad and opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle, dad dove to the ground, with the rounds kicking up dirt as they came closer to him. One of the shots hit my father in the left side of the head and exited out the lower right side of his back. It turned out that person, who had shot dad was finaly arrested on a ranch in Arizona bz the FBI. We later learned that he had escaped from prison in Montana where he was serving a life sentence for murder. After escaping he killed another man, who had picked him up and offered him a ride, he then stole a rifle and a car. Dad survived this wound and lived until he was 83 years old, passing away on 05 August 2005.

I am always looking for information about the family, if any visitors know anything about the families that I am researching and are listed on these pages, please contact me at the email address to the right.

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