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This collection contains photocopies of correspondence, financial papers, family history, writings, and other items related to the Charles F. Penzel family.

Biographical/Historical Note

Charles F. Penzel was born in Asche, Bohemia, in 1840. He immigrated to the United States in 1857, landing at New Orleans, Louisiana. Shortly afterwards, he moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, where he remained throughout his life. During the Civil War, Penzel fought in the Capitol City Guards, Company A, Sixth Regiment. He was injured on two occasions and was a prisoner-of-war at Rock Island, Illinois, until July 1865. Penzel was employed as a bookkeeper by the firm of Kramer and Miller in Little Rock after the war. The business later became the Charles F. Penzel Grocer Company. Penzel established The German National Bank in 1874 and served as its first president. He served twice as president of the Exchange National Bank, a position he resigned in 1903. In addition to his bank involvement, Charles Penzel was a director in the Little Rock Railway and Electric Company and a director and officer in many other businesses. He served one term as Little Rock city treasurer. Penzel is also credited with having founded the Orphans' Home in Little Rock, which he headed for many years. Charles F. Penzel married Rosa A. Eisenmayer of Illinois in 1873. She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1850. Rosa was active in the Episcopal Church. They had three children: Hedwig E. Penzel (Mrs. William B. Forsyth), Hildegarde Penzel (Mrs. Moorhead Wright), and Marcella Penzel. Charles F. Penzel died February 16, 1906, at his residence on Sixth and Sherman streets in Little Rock.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark.)





Resource Type



Charles F. Penzel papers, MS.000214


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Charles F. Penzel papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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