Dos K. Kemerer, retired coal operator, is a leading representative of Cambria County. He was born at Franklin, Pa., March 22, 1865, and is the son of Henry and Mary (Riblett) Kemerer.
Henry Kemerer was a native of Westmoreland County, Pa., and his wife was born in East Taylor Township, Cambria County. He began life as a farmer but later entered the employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad. He was killed in the explosion of an engine at East Liberty, April 6, 1866, and is buried in Westmoreland County. His wife is deceased and is buried at Wesley Chapel, Cambria County. They were members of the Methodist Church. Mr. and Mrs. Kemerer had five children: Martha Jane and Hiram, both deceased; Ellen, married Jacob Angis, lives at Gallitzin; Clara, the widow of Samuel Williams, lives at Johnstown; and Dos K., the subject of this sketch.
Dos K. Kemerer attended the public schools of Franklin and for several years engaged in farming and lumbering. He also worked in the mines and in 1885 settled in Blacklick Township, where he was employed by Albin Long. He later worked in the mines and after several years was employed by J. C. Steinman, former U. S. senator. In 1911 Mr. Kemerer purchased the John Davis farm, which was later developed into the George E. Warren collier mines. He purchased the Emma mines from Florie Barker. These mines were located near Nanty Glo and were later sold to R. Way Brown of Boston. Mr. Kemerer the operated the Wagner mines for a number of years. He also owned and operated the Home Hotel for six years, which was Nanty Glo's first hotel. Mr. Kemerer has lived retired at Nanty Glo since 1923. He was one of the organizers of the Peoples Building & Loan Association.
On April 9, 1912, Mr. Kemerer was married to Miss Emily Davis, the daughter of Abner and Margaret (Boher) Davis, natives of Bedford County. Mr. Davis served during the Civil War as a member of Company H, 18th Pennsylvania Cavalry, and was severely wounded, losing the sight of one eye. He was discharged as a member of Company E, 3rd Pennsylvania Regulars, Oct. 31, 1965, and engaged in farming during the remainder of his life. He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. To Mr. and Mrs. Davis five children were born: William, lives retired at Bedford, Pa.; Emily Kemerer; Nettie, married Benjamin Grove, lives in Johnstown; Harry J., lives at Bedford, Pa.; and Lilly, married Reverend Weyent, lives at Waterloo, Ind. Mr. and Mrs. Kemerer have no children.
Mr. Kemerer is a Republican, a member of the Presbyterian Church and Nanty Glo Business Men's Association. He has always taken an active interest in the affairs of his community.
Source: Gable, John E., "History of Cambria County Pennsylvania in Two Volumes Illustrated, Volume Two," Historical Publishing Company, Topeka - Indianapolis, 1926, p. 1001.