Hermann Heinrich Menke
- Born: 1803, Elverdissen, Herford, Detmold, Nordrhein-Westphalia
- Marriage: Hannah Friederike Recksick about 1831
- Died: 1859, Quincy, Adams Co., Illinois at age 56
Hermann was a farmer and veterinarian.
From the book Quincy and Adams Co: Herman Henry Menke, born near Herford, Westphalia, and his wife, Hannah Friederike, nee Recksiek, horn 1807 in the same place, emigrated in 1852. They left Bremen in October of said year, and with the sailing vessel Edmund came to New Orleans, the trip taking nine weeks. December 1852. they arrived in Quincy. Herman H. Menke, who was a veterinarian, died in 1859, and his wife departed this life in 1882. Frederick William Menke the eldest son, born April 21, 1832, came with his parents and learned the trade of stone cutter with Wendelin Weber.
In 1863 he went into the contracting business, and the firm F. W. Menke & Company was organized, the members being Frederick William Menke, George Goetsehe, William Tiemann and John Henry Bitter. While they in the beginning did all the work themselves, the business of the firm grew so rapidly that they soon were compelled to secure assistance and hire help, in the course of time employing 150 men, acquiring stone quarries, erecting lime kilns, dealing in cement and carrying out building contracts. Many were the courthouses, public library buildings, hospitals, Government buildings, state buildings, churches, schools, bank buildings, hotels, factories, business houses, and private residences erected by the company in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri.
Hermann married Hannah Friederike Recksick about 1831. (Hannah Friederike Recksick was born in 1807 in Elverdissen, Herford, Detmold, Nordrhein-Westphalia and died in 1882 in Quincy, Adams Co., Illinois.)