Following is one of the Biographies and Stories which where gathered by Charles Sumner McKamy in the 1950s for publication in a Crawford County History Book. Unfortunately he passed away before the book was published.

Arthur Howard Warnke came to Hutsonville Jan. 4, 1941 to take a position with the Central Illinois Public Service Co. at its new power station just north of town. The first unit was put into operation April 1940. Mr. Warnke was born in Lynn Township, Woodford county, Ill. June 23, 1916. His parents being Edward G. and Ella (Oncken) Warnke. His grandparents were John and Rebecca Cordes Warnke and came from Missouri to farm in Woodford county. The parents of his mother were Henry and Fredrica (Ahlers) Oncken who lived on a farm near Minonk, Ill. Both families were of the German Lutheran faith.

Mr. Warnke attended schools at Washburn; two years at Eureka College and graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.A. Degree in Chemistry. He worked in he power plant of the Bemis Bag Co. in Peoria, Ill. before coming to Hutsonville.

On Nov. 20, 1941 Arthur Warnke and Sarah Elizabeth McNutt were married in the Universalist church in Peoria. Their son John McNutt was born Dec. 7, 1942; a daughter Sarah Elizabeth born June 14, 1947, and another son Arthur Howard II was born Feb. 17, 1950. This family attends the Universalist church.

Mr. Warnke is a member of the Robinson Elks Lodge; a past master of the Hutsonville A.F.&A.M. Lodge. At this time he is President of the Village Board and is the Assistant Supt. of the Hutsonville Power Generating Station.