Johannes K. Penner (1850-1926), usually called "Lehrer Penner," was born at Elbing, West Prussia, Germany, on 27 November 1850. He attended the school at Elbing and the private school at Bröskerfeld, where Johannes Claassen was his teacher. In 1867 he was baptized by Johann Töws and became a teacher at Bröskerfeld. In 1860 he attended the normal school at Marienburg and in 1870 emigrated with his mother and brother to the Am Trakt settlement, Saratov, Russia, where he became a teacher. On 4 October 1874, he married Helen Jantzen. In 1875 he was elected minister. In 1880 Penner joined the group that moved to Central Asia to escape military service and meet the Lord. Disillusioned, he joined the group who went to America, and arrived in Beatrice, NE on 19 September 1884, where he taught in a private school and served as minister. His 50th anniversary in teaching was commemorated on 16 June 1917. He died on 8 October 1926.
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