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Searching for the decendents and ancestors of Daniel Kemnow of Wuscherweir, Prussia.

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 another story that has been handed down about Daniel or a brother served in the Royal Prussian Army and had been selected to be a member of an elite guards detachment. These men were selected for their height, wieght, complexion and hair color. They were so selected so anybody looking at them would have thought they were brothers. They were detailed to guard Her Royal Highness the Princess Wilhelminia, who would later marry William I of the Netherlands becoming the Queen of the Netherlands.

3) Still another story of the family, another son that lived in the Tomah, WI area, last appearing on the 1860 Tomah census. The story goes that he and his family who headed west for the newly founded state of Oregon and was never heard from again. They were supposed to be heading for Oregon with plans to settle on the coast. Once settled they were going to start a dairy farm and a creamery.

4) This story dates to the recent past, World War II. During the Sicilian Campaign it turned out that there were family from both side fighting there. Fighting for the Allied Forces was Fredrick Kemnow, U.S. Army and fighting for the Axis powers were two young Kemnow men, of the German Heer portion of the Wermacht. These "cousins" may have echanged shots with each other, this will never be known. For after Sicily fell to the Allies the "cousins" in the German Heer were listed as MIA (Missing In Action), never to be heard from again.

5) The last oral history story dates to 24 March 1959. This is my story. It started out like any other day at school in the first grade. After Lunch recess the Principal and Oregon State Trooper Bob Rissman walked into the class room and asked my teacher 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. 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 didnt stop he would have to fire. Dad had 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. The guy that shot him was finaly arrested on a ranch in Arizona. He had escaped from a Prison in Montana where he was serving a life sentence for murder, after escaping he killed a guy and stole a rifle and his car. Dad survived this wound and lived until he was 83 years old.
The Kemnows of Preußen, Wisconsin and Oregon.
Updated March 12, 2013

Richelle A Kemnow, LPN/ret, HM2(FMF)/USN
880 W. 10th Avenue
Junction City, OR 97448-1218
United States

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