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Peter J. Penner was born in Chortez, Russia on November 16, 1864. He married Anna Friesen on September 24, 1889. After Anna Penner's death in 1898, Peter J. Penner married Maria Siemens on November 15, 1898. Peter J. and Maria Penner had numerous children, including George Penner, who was born on August 3, 1903 in Russia. In 1904, the Penner family immigrated to Canada and in 1905, they settled on a homestead in the Herbert, Saskatchewan district. Peter J. Penner died in Herbert in 1923; Maria Penner died in Herbert in 1958.
George Penner married Helen Toews on October 23, 1927. George and Helen Penner had six children: Norman; Velma; Hilda Jean; Melvin; Lorraine and Wesley. The Penners farmed near Herbert. They moved to Herbert in 1959 and continued farming until the early 1970's. George and Helen Penner were active members of the Mennonite Brethren Church and attended Greenfarm Church, where they participated in many activities. George Penner served as a Sunday School superintendent, deacon and church leader. He also sang in quartet and choirs and acted in drama productions.
George Penner died in Herbert on November 17, 1987. Helen Penner died in Herbert on March 14, 1991. George and Helen Penner's children currently (2013) reside in various locations across Canada.
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