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Biography of N. Kemp

This biography appears in
"History of Washington and Ozaukee Counties, Wisconsin"
Western Historical Co., 1881

N. KEMP, firm of Kemp & Co., Port Washington; is a native of Luxemburg, Germany; born Dec. 20, 1827; received a common-school education; learned the blacksmith trade, and, in 1846, emigrated to America, and first settled in Kenosha Co., where he worked one year on a farm at $8 per month, then chopped wood at 25 cents per cord; worked at his trade. In 1849, helped operate the first eight-horse power threshing-machines in Dane Co. In March, 1850, he went across the plains to California, where he remained about eighteen months, and then returned to Kenosha Co. Sept. 22 was married to Miss Susan Kass, a native of Luxemberg, Germany, and soon afterward removed to Jackson Co., Iowa; purchased land and followed farming until 1856, when he again returned to Kenosha, and purchased a farm. In 1858, in partnership with John Deiderich, he engaged in a general mercantile business, which they carried on at Kenosha until 1860; they then removed to Port Washington, and continued the same until 1866, at which time Mr. D. sold his interest to Nicholas Poull, and the business was continued under the firm name of Kemp & Poull until 1870; the firm then built a malt house and ran the same until 1873, at which time Mr. Kemp purchased his partner's interest, and continued the business alone until fall, when he took in William H. Ramsey as a partner. He is married and has seven children - Elizabeth, Barbara, Kate, Mary, John, Melchur and Michael. Mr. Kemp and family are members of the Roman Catholic Church.

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