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Name: Penner, Abram (1849-1940)

Historical Note:

Abram Penner was a businessman from Berdjansk, Russia.  He immigrated to the United States in 1875 to continue his career.  He opened the first Mennonite general store in Mountain Lake, Minnesota, eventually owning three separate stores.   He was also mayor of Mountain Lake and conrtibuted much to the growth of the town.  Maria ran Mountain Lake’s first hotel out of their home, and served as the town's first undertaker.

Abram Penner was born February 22nd 1849 in Russia.  He married Maria Buhler on May 23rd 1868.  They had five children, two in Russia, and three in the U.S.  One of them is well-known missionary to India Peter A. Penner.  Abram Penner died on November 6th, 1940.

Note Author: Eleonore Aarsen

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