Benjamin Rudolf Reinold Zenk

23 January 1900–25 June 1992 (Age 92)
Reynolds Township, Montcalm, Michigan, United States

The Life of Benjamin Rudolf Reinold

When Benjamin Rudolf Reinold Zenk was born on 23 January 1900, in Reynolds Township, Montcalm, Michigan, United States, his father, Carl Frederich Whilhelm Zenk, was 32 and his mother, Augusta Wilhelmine Carolina Goetsch, was 31. He married Viola June Griffes on 3 December 1921, in Stanton, Montcalm, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Ensley Township, Newaygo, Michigan, United States for about 10 years. He died on 25 June 1992, in Fremont, Newaygo, Michigan, United States, at the age of 92.

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Family Time Line

Benjamin Rudolf Reinold Zenk
Viola June Griffes
Marriage: 3 December 1921
Doris Zenk
Erwin Benjamin Zenk
Bernard J. Zenk
Arnold Dale Zenk

Spouse and Children

3 December 1921
Stanton, Montcalm, Michigan, United States


    Doris Zenk


    Erwin Benjamin Zenk




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+6 More Children

World Events (8)

1901 · Assassination of Mckinley

Age 1

President William McKinley was shot at the Temple of Music, in the Pan-American Exposition, while shaking hands with the public. Leon Czolgosz shot him twice in the abdomen because he thought it was his duty to do so. McKinley died after eight days of watch and care. He was the third American president to be assassinated. After his death, Congress passed legislation to officially make the Secret Service and gave them responsibility for protecting the President at all times.
1903 · Ford Motor Company

Age 3

"Henry Ford built his first gasoline-powered vehicle, named the Quadricycle, in 1896, at his home in Detroit. Ford sold the Quadricycle for $200 and used the money to build a second car. In 1901, Ford raced his car ""Sweepstakes"" against Alexander Winton and won. The victory resulted in publicity for Ford which allowed him to gain investors for his new company, Ford Motor Company. The first Model A was sold on July 23, 1903, and the company was incorporated on November 13, 1903."

Age 27

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.

Name Meaning

South German: unflattering nickname for a quarrelsome person, from a derivative of Middle High German zenken, zanken ‘to provoke’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Ben R Zenk, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Ben R Zink, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Benjamin Zenk in entry for Doris E Gardenour, "Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006"

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