I have been researching the Penke Family for about 2 years and have gone from one page to approximately 7 during that time. These people have been gathered from Historical papers and relative's documents. The Penke's start with four brothers who came to Ripon, Wisconsin in the late 1800's and settled in that area - Ferdinand, who came in about 1875, after stopping in Philadelphia for a time; Fredrick, who came to Ripon in 1873 after having served as a foot soldier in the Franco-Prussian War 1870-71; Charles W. who also came about 1875 and who settled in the Wausau area; and one whose name we do not know who stayed about three years and then returned to Germany. Ferdinand lived in Ripon and Rush Lake area Nepeuskun Township to be exact - Fredrick lived in Ripon and Lomira areas and Charles W. was located in the Wausau area after leaving Ripon. I am looking for any information pertaining to this family and several others who connect to them.
Other names were Schale / Schoenrock / Furstnow (Fuerstnau) / Stellmacher / Nash / Luker / Hoffman / Hopp / Felkie or Freter / Schewe / Liptow / Spletter / Gensman / Neitzke / Thelke / Manthey / Nimmer / Paske / Christel
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The Penke's of this family came from a place called Hohenfier, Flatow - a small village a few miles from Flatow in Prussia - which is now called Kamien, Zlotow in Poland. Nearby were other villages such as Krojanke and Plietnitz and others where there were other Penke's. Charles Penke, in the Franco-Prussian War was awarded a certificate in honor of his capturing more cannons than any others. He was entered in the service in the town of Deutsche Krone. The information we have regarding the Penke's in Prussia is skimpy, therefore, if anyone recognizes this family please notify me. D. Penke