The text at the bottom says "from
rubbing of the tombstone of
Henry Pfenninger, Casey County,
Kentucky, June 1987.
A type  written transcription of Luella Adams Wilkinson's obituary from 1902. I have
transcribed this transcripition  (no, really, I DO have a life) in order to post it in the
Summary section.  The idea being that my transcription will be searchable on the
internet to be available to other researchers.
"From the handwritten copy by Lina Pfenninger done several years before her death in
Pfenninger Family Tree c. 1880 - 1992.An introduction to the spiral bound book written
by Donna Reeves Pfenninger in 1992.  In it she says "this will shortly be dated
material".  And here I am posting her introduction as a historical document 20 years
later for uploading to the internet.  Isn't that just the way life is .
History of the American Pfenningers.  Typed from a manuscript written by J.J.
Pfenninger.  I have transcribed these pages and posted them in the Summary so that
internet searches will find key phrases.  This has proven to be an important part of this
website.  A number of researchers have found new information that is located on this
site by doing a "google search".
A June 1987 record of the living grandchildren of Jacob and Lena Schoettlin
Pfenninger.  (Recorder unknown).  I have also transcribed these pages and will post
them in the Summary area.
Also from the 1992 book compiled by Donna Reeves Pfenninger, an updated Family
Tree listing.  There is a lot of addtional dates in this one.  It is, as Donna states in her
intro, now dated material.  
Further Pfenninger Family Facts as compiled and included in the 1992 Family History
Casualty worksheet for Elmer Pfenninger and a letter sent to Alvis Pfenninger in
December, 1944 relating details of Elmer's death.
I found these three transcriptions of old newspaper articles about Henry
Pfenninger's murder
in of all places, -   http://www.findagrave.com - otherwise
known as "Find a Grave".  The excerpts were included in the entry for David Delk, the
man who held the knife.  Its not a pleasant story.  It says a lot about the prejudices
the Pfenninger family faced in Kentucky for being "foreign".
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16, 1892  -  Page 1
On last Sunday evening a German by the name of Pfenninger, belonging to the
German settlement on Tennessee Ridge, five miles from this place, received fatal
stabs in the umbilical region, from which he died about 3 A.M. Monday morning.
Particulars are meager and hard to get hold of. It appears that some mill hands and
the German were on a general spree and the mill hands were slashing around with
open knives. Pfenninger sat down in a chair and fell over on the floor. It was first
supposed from those present that the fall was caused by intoxication, but on his soon
beginning to groan it was found that he was stabbed as stated. Dr. James Wesley
was sent for, but could do no good.  Deputy Sheriff Wheat went out and arrested
David and George Delk, charged with doing the cutting, and they were brought to
town. They were indicted and are now in jail. Their trial, we learn, is set for Thursday.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1892  -  Page 8
On Saturday last, George and Dave Delk were tried for the killing of old man Henry
Pfenninger on the 11th. There were two counts in the indictment, one for murder and
the other for manslaughter.

Commonwealth's Attorney Herndon was assisted in the prosecution by County
Attorney Godbey and the prisoners were ably defended by Col. Adams, George E.
and Boyle Stone. It was late in the evening before the testimony was concluded. After
supper court was again convened and masterly efforts were made in behalf of the
prisoners by Col. Adams and Geo. E. Stone and for the prosecution by Q. C. Godbey
and Attorney Herndon. Everybody agrees that Mr. Herndon made one of the best
efforts ever delivered by him at this place. After the conclusion of the arguments the
jury retired and after three-quarters of an hour, failing to agree, were held over till
Monday. On Monday morning they were again sent to the jury room. Still failing to
agree, the jury was discharged and the prisoners were held over in the sum of $300
for their appearance at the next Casey circuit court. David Delk readily gave bond, his
employer Mitchell Taylor being his security, but George Delk failing to procure a
bondsman, was remanded to jail.

January 17, 1893
Interior Journal, Liberty, Casey County, Ky
- Early last Sunday morning, the people of Liberty were startled by the announcement
that the 2 prisoners, George Delk for the killing of Henry Pfinnger, and Tobe Gaddis,
lately committed, charged with stealing $60.00 from Sam Ford, had broken jail and
had shaken the snow and dust of Liberty from their feet and departed for parts
unknown. They burned a hole with 2 heated stove legs through the ceiling overhead
and ascended by means of a small ladder used to descend to the dungeon part of the
jail, cut a hole in the roof and descended to the ground outside, by an ingeniously
improvised rope made from their bed coverings.
Jim Wilkinson