Biography of William F. Panke
Allegheny County, PA Biographies

WILLIAM F. PANKE, one of Pittsburg's [sic] enterprising and stirring contractors and builders, was born in the city of Louisville, Kentucky, June 9, 1864, son of Charles L. Panke and wife, natives of Germany and America, respectively. The father was born in 1829 and by trade was a tanner. He emigrated to this country in 1856 and married Charlotte Schulte. Their children were, aside from the subject, Fred, Henry, Minnie (Mrs. Lutz), Mary (Mrs Scharria), John, Charles, George, Annie (Mrs Hess) and Lottie.

The subject of this notice obtained his education in the public schools, after which he obtained employment in a woolen mill, where he remained for about six years. He then mastered the carpenter's trade, and in time became a contractor, which line of work he pursued for eighteen years in his native state. He moved to Pittsburg on March 25, 1900, since which date he has followed the same business here and has met with merited success.

Politically Mr. Panke is a supporter of the Republican party, while in his religious faith is of the Methodist Episcopal persuasion.

July 16, 1891, he was united in marriage to Emma, daughter of John and Margaret Miller, of Louisville, Kentucky. By this union were born Emma May Panke, June 27, 1892, and Edith Margaret Panke, born April 11, 1896.

A Century and a half of
Pittsburg and her people.
By: John Newton Boucher
The Lewis Publishing Company

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