Photos from Yesteryear: Hennigh Family

Mary Ann Breon Hennigh was born October 10, 1847, in Gregg Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania, sixth daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth Auman Breon. Date of marriage to David Hennigh unknown. David Hennigh, born 1847 in Potter Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania. Migrated to Kansas in 1870, purchasing a quarter section in Rock Creek Township, three miles west and one mile south of Sabetha for their eventual family of 11 children: Alfred, born1867 in Pennsylvania; Savilla, born 1869 in Pennsylvania; Charles; Reuben, born 1874 in Pennsylvania; Ella, born 1878 in Kansas; Herbert, born 1880 in Kansas; Roy, born 1881 in Kansas; Elmer, born 1884 in Kansas; Earl, born 1886 in Kansas; Myrtle, born 1888; and Harry, born 1891. In 1909, David and Mary retired from their farm and built a 10-room house at the northwest corner of Virginia and 14th streets. David died in 1921, and Mary died in 1941.
Iva and Elmer Hennigh stand in front of the home of his parents at the northwest corner of 14th and Virginia streets in Sabetha. In June 1932, the Hiawatha Daily World interviewed Sabetha midgets Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Hennigh who had just returned from Hollywood, Calif., where they were apart of the film “Tarzan, the Ape Man” with Maureen O’Sullivan and Johnny Weissmuller. Iva and Elmer were members of the cast of 54 other “little people” cast as pygmies, and both agreed that they had a splendid time and will be returning again to make other movies in the Tarzan series. Three years ago, the director of this picture offered them contracts to appear in “The Mysterious Island” movie, but they declined as they had just gotten married and were on their honeymoon. Elmer is the son of Nemaha County pioneers David and Mary Breon Hennigh who settled on the open prairie west of present-day Sabetha at Price. Elmer and Iva are the Uncle and Aunt of the late Lila Brougher Newlin, mother of Sabethan Greg Newlin.


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