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A. F. Bemis 1831-1907


Posted By: Beverly Gerdts (email)
Date: 9/4/2022 at 11:32:23

Columbus Gazette, Columbus Junction, Iowa
Thursday, August 1, 1907
page 3

A. F. Bemis, a long time and prominent resident of this county, died at his home at Des Moines, early Friday morning, July 24. His remains were brought to the home of his brother, E. L. Bemis, at Winfield, Saturday evening and laid to rest beside this wife in Spring Run cemetery, the following day. The funeral services were held at Spring Run church, at 2:30 p. m., Sunday, conducted by the Rev. Ingham, pastor of the Methodist church at Winfield. Mr. Bemis having been a faithful member of that denomination since fifteen years of age. He was born in Cumberland county, Penn., January 21, 1831. He came to Iowa with his brother, E. L. Bemis, as early as 1850, settling first in Lee county. In 1855 they came to Louisa county, settling on the wild prairie in Elm Grove. He lived on the prairie until about the close of the war when he bought the Judge Durben farm. This continued his home until 1886, when he moved to Des Moines, which continued his home. After his wife's death a few years since, he made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Florence Carpenter, of that place. Seven children were born to them, five still living. Those dead are Albert and Mrs. Fannie Hill. The living are Wallace, of Hayes, Nebraska; Fred, who lives in this state; Mrs. Hattie Spurling, of South Dakota; Mrs. Florence Carpenter and Mrs. Blanche McRae, of Des Moines. Mr. Bemis was a successful business man and a good citizen; was a consistent church member and an honest man; respected by all.


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