Lorin B Bemis

Born: July 06, 1822

LORIN B. BEMIS, who is conducting a livery business with his son, Louis C. Bemis, in Antigo, Langlade county, was born in Ellisbury, Jefferson Co., N. Y., July 6, 1822, and is a son of Levi and Polly ( Thompson) Bemis, who were born respectively in Windham county, Vt., in December, 1796, and in Rhode Island, in 1800.

The subject of this sketch was given the advantages of a common-school education, and learned the trade of shoemaker. In the spring of 1842, when about twenty years of age, he went to Illinois, and located in Batavia, Kane county, where he remained some four years working at the carpenter's trade. In 1846 he proceeded to Oshkosh, Wis., where he worked at the carpenter's trade, and located on some land nine miles from Oshkosh, after three years making his home on this farm, and there remained until 1885, when he came to Langlade county, and bought a farm in Norwood township, being one of the first settlers there. He enlisted for the Mexican war under Col. (afterward Gen.) Logan, and marched some sixty miles, but missed the boat at Peoria, and could not go.

In February, 1852, Lorin B. Bemis was united in marriage with Adelia C. Clemens, who was born at Hyde Park, November 20, 1832, and they had six children, only one of whom survives- Louis C. who is engaged in the livery business with his father; Edwin C. died at the age of thirty-nine years; Berton when twelve years of age, and Alfred, Albert and one other in infancy. The parent of Mrs. L. B. Bemis, Horace and Mary E. (Dugar) Clemens, had 10 children, one of whom died while and infant. The others were Edwin D., Laura A., Sara N., Hiram R., Adelia C., (Mrs. Bemis), Carlista N ., Julia A., Horace B., and George s. Five children are now living, namely: Laura A., Sara N., Adelia C., Horace B., and George S. The father of Horace Clemens, Sr., David Clemens, was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. His family was of English descent. Horace Clemens Sr., was born in Vermont, in 1798, was a farmer by occupation, came to Wisconsin in 1848, settled near Oshkosh, and died in 1890. His wife, Mary E. Clemens, was born in 1803, and died November 7, 1877. Her people were of French decent.

Mrs. Bemis enlisted twice during the war of the Rebellion, but he was not accepted on account of a gunshot wound which he had received by accident many years before. He sold his farm near Oshkosh in 1892, resided on his farm in Langlade county until about the same time, then sold that also and settled in the city of Antigo, a retired farmer. Politically a Democrat, he is an active worker in his party, has been town treasurer and supervisor, and has held other minor offices. He is well-to-do, and has the satisfaction of having earned his property himself.

Pg. 432 Upper Wisconsin Commemorative Biographical Record