Christian and Elizabeth Maker Proenneke
Married 8-4-1873 in Franklin Centre, Lee County, IA. They had 8 sons, Charles, Fred, William, Louis, Edward, Albert, Henry, John
William "Billy" and Laura Bonn Proenneke
The third son of eight boys of Christian & Elizabeth Proenneke. Laura Bonn, the youngest of 5 children, three sisters, one brother of Joseph and Rebecca Ann Archer Bonn
William's brother Charles married Laura's sister Minnie.
The first born sibling.
Served in the National Guard in World War II
Lived in Washington DC, worked for the Defense Department at the Pentagon, was married to Dorothy.
The oldest daughter, Helen moved to Chicago IL, and worked at the MARS Candy Factory. She never married.
Lorene Proenneke Hackard
Lorene married Melvin Hackard, they had three children, Judy, Nancy, and Dick.
The youngest daughter, Florence lived with her parents at the Proenneke Homestead, worked at Sheaffer Pen Company; continued to live at the Proenneke Homestead after her parents died. She never married.
Paul died of appendicitis on Richard's 12th birthday, May 4, 1928
Raymond "Jake" Proenneke
Served in the U. S. Army Corp during WW II. He was a mechanical inspector in machine shops and aerospace industry and aircraft instrument repair. He never married.
Raymond got his nickname from an old man, Jake Halbasch who lived about 4 miles from the Proenneke homestead in Warren Station. Old Jake taught Raymond to make wooden whistles from short pieces of straight grained maple branchwood. Raymond would follow Old Jake Halbasch around, and was dubbed "Jake."
From left, Richard, Lorene, Helen, Raymond, Florence, Robert.
Photo taken in 1929