From "Memorial Record of the counties of Faribault, Martin, Wantonwan and Jackson, Minnesota" by the Lewis Publishing Co., 1895: John C. Fenske was born in Prussia 1829, son of Joseph and Teresia (Hintz) Fenske. Their family was composed of four sons and three daughters. In 1851 John and his brother Andrew emigrated to America, first going to Princeton, WI and from there to Neshkoro where Andrew took a homestead claim where he lived until 1863, when he removed to Green Lake Co., WI, where he still resides .
John C. Fenske married Louise Kruger April 5, 1856, daughter of John G. and Willimena (Dotzauer) Kruger. In September 1866 they moved to Faribault Co., MN. Their children were Mary, wife of William Oelke; Louise, wife of Gustavus Schneider; Albert; Sarah, wife of Rudolph Gartzke; William F.; Emma Amelia, who died in infancy; Lydia, wife of Fred G. Levenick; Lillie, wife of John F. Zupp; Eva May, wife of Paul Meyer, of Elmore; Joseph S.; and Edward J.
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