Peshtigo Fire Cemetery: Lempke

© Photographed July 25, 2015
Peshtigo, Marinette County, Wisconsin
45.055707,-87.753387
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LEMPKE
Mr. Lempke lived on a farm in the lower Sugar Bush, and when he discerned the magnitude of the approaching fire, he decided to take his family to his brother-in-law's farm about a mile away. He hitched his team to a wagon, and then [sic] with his wife and five children, he started down the road. Perhaps in his haste he did not completely fasten the harnesses, so he stopped the team and jumped down to make repairs. Suddenly, a wave of fire passed over them and when he looked up, his wagon and his entire family was burning furiously. He, too, was badly burned but managed to save himself in a small near-by creek.
The marker is located at the Peshtigo Fire Cemetery, adjacent to the Peshtigo Fire Museum, located at 400 Oconto Avenue, Peshtigo, Wisconsin 54157.

The Peshtigo Fire Cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places: Wisconsin.




The Peshtigo Fire Cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
See also, The Peshtigo Fire Cemetery, for more information.

 The Peshtigo Fire Cemetery was honored with the first
"official" Wisconsin Historical Society marker, erected in 1951:
Marker 1: Peshtigo Fire Cemetery

 The Peshtigo Fire Cemetery is located next to the Peshtigo Fire Museum.




Follow the signs to the Peshtigo Fire Cemetery.

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