From: "Standard History of Waupaca County, Wisconsin" Edited by John M. Ware 1917.
REV. RUDOLPH A. KARPINSKY. It is not the privilege of every man to hear the urgent call to the Christian ministry. Some there are who are not finely enough attuned, and others have, by Nature, been destined for other fields of usefulness. When the call comes, however, be it to the fisherman mending his nets, or to the farmer ploughing his field, its meaning cannot be misunderstood nor its insistence be denied. It is often enthusiastically welcomed although it leads into a life of hard work, of almost constant self denial, of probable small possession of worldly comforts, of strain on physical and mental powers. The minister truly gives the best of himself for others. He leads, he teaches, he expounds, he rejoices with the glad and he comforts and sympathizes with the grief stricken. His influence is seen in all charities and in all reforms and without it civilization would be turned backward. Among the religious bodies that are vastly helpful to the people of Manawa, Wisconsin, is the Lutheran Church, the beloved pastor of which is Rev. Rudolph A. Karpinsky.
Reverend Karpinsky was born at Augusta, Eau Claire County, Wisconsin, July 16, 1871. His parents are Gustav and Louisa (Luedtke) Karpinsky. They were born and reared in Germany and in 1867 were married there. In 1868 they came to the United States and settled first at Ripon, Wisconsin, but remained there only one year, in 1869 removing to Eau Claire County and settling down there as farmers. They still reside there, highly respected and much esteemed. Of their six children three alone grew to mature years: Mary, Rudolph A. and Louisa, the last named being now deceased.
Rudolph A. Karpinsky remained on the home farm until he was twenty-two years of age, in the meanwhile having attended both the parochial and public schools. Later he entered Concordia College, at Springfield, Illinois, where he received his theological training and was graduated therefrom in 1900. His first charge after being ordained to the Lutheran ministry was at Bern, in Nemaha County, Kansas, where he remained until the fall of 1903, when he was transferred to Belle Plaine, in Shawano County, Wisconsin, where he continued in charge until May, 1911, when he came to Manawa. Here he has not only proved himself a faithful pastor but has impressed everyone with his high personal character. He has been interested in all movements for the betterment of the moral standards of thus community and, while preaching a gospel of love and charity, has not failed to call attention to conditions that need improving. Through his ministrations members have been added to the church and its temporal as well as spiritual affairs have received his careful attention.
In 1900 Reverend Karpinsky was married to Miss Amanda Zank, who was born at Augusta, Wisconsin, and is a daughter of Christopher Zank, a well known resident of that place. To Reverend and Mrs. Karpinsky a family, of seven children have been born, as follows: Gertrude, Hildegarde, Concordia, Adolph, Johanas, David and Victoria.