Aloys was born in 1837 in the village of Mösbach, Baden, Germany to Moriz Panther and Elizabeth Birk. His younger brother, Michael died at the age of three when Aloys was just seven years old just a few months before his youngest brother Moriz was born. His father, Moriz, a police officer, died at the age of forty-three when Aloys was ten years old. His mother married his father’s nephew, Franz Anton Panther just a year later. Aloys’ brother Ferdinand moved to America when Aloys was seventeen. We can guess he longed to follow his brother but thought it more practical to stay close to home. At the age of 24, he joined with Wendelin Bürck, Andreas Bürk, August Traub, Blasius Bürk, Christian Bohnert, Gabriel Schott, Moritz Weber, Konrad Rummel, Fabian Stretch, Alexander Sutter, Daniel Bürk, Wendelin Bürk and Anton Klump in establishing a brass band in their village.
When Aloys was 29, his youngest brother Moriz, who was a member of the Fifth Infantry Regiment, 8th company of the Baden Brigade, died at the battle of Hundheim in the Astro-Prussian War.
Two years later, Aloys married Monica Hanle, daughter of Sebastian Hanle and Magdalena Schmitt, also of Mösbach. His son Moriz was born a year later. The following year, a second son, Franz Haver died just three days after he was born, then Aloys’ mother died just five months later. Less than eleven months after his mother died, his third son was born. He named him after his brother Ferdinand who had gone to America eighteen years before. When this son died four months later, you could imagine Aloys had had enough. With only one sister and one brother left of his immediate family, he started making plans for America.
He left Mösbach on September 14, 1872, just one month after the death of his son Ferdinand, looking to follow his brother to a farm in Iowa. He and his wife arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana on October 12. Nine months later, their son Frank Ignatius was born. Not long after, they continued their journey up the Mississippi, settling in the Sperry-Dodgeville area of Des Moines County, likely near his brother Ferdinand.
Aloys and Monica had another son, Joseph, in 1875. Monica died in 1877 at the age of 35 and Aloys married Elizabeth Dunzinger.
Aloys and Elizabeth had the following children: Leonard Joseph in 1878, Alvin Aloysius in 1880, Mary Ann in 1882, Anna Margaret in 1885, Edward James in 1887, George Henry in 1889, Benedict in 1892. Their son Frank married Frances Christina Beckman in 1894. Aloys and Elizabeth's last child, Veronica, was born in 1895.
Alois and Elizabeth were farmers. They were very active in their faith and attended St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dodgeville faithfully. Many of their children sang in the choir and their daughter Veronica played the organ. The boys were among the parishioners that helped to build the new church in 1901.
Their oldest son, Maurice married Mary Frances McCarty in 1900 and gave Aloys and Elizabeth their first grandchild, Hugh V. Panther in 1901, followed by Leo William in 1903. Frank and Frances had Bernadine Theodora in 1904, followed by Leona Anna in 1906.
That same year, Joseph married Ameda Jennie Nelson and daughter Mary Ann married Theodore Nicholas Vorwerk. In 1907, three more grandchildren were born, Lawrence A. to Maurice and Mary, Alois Carl to Joseph and Ameda and Mary Elizabeth Vorwerk to Theodore and Mary Ann. In 1908, Aloys and Elizabeth's son, Leonard Joseph married Theodore Vorwerk's sister, Bertha Elizabeth.